We've been Janet Jackson fans since FOREVER and if you love her, like we love her, then you'll remember the notorious Super Bowl wardrobe "malfunction" that had the entire country talking. After the 2004 performance Janet Jackson was seemingly disappeared from mainstream music events. For years we've all suspected that she had been muted, and now, we know it's true.
If you don't remember the performance, or just want to walk down memory lane, check it out below.
Ok, now that we're all refreshed, let's get to the new developments. The CEO and Chairman of CBS is a guy names Les Moonves. Moonves is currently under the microscope for a few sexual harrassment allegations and those who are close to him say that, although he's a little too "friendly" withthe ladies, he's also a tyrant if you make him mad! He's been known to hold grudges for YEARS and exact revenge on those who he feels have wronged him in any way. This is where Ms. Jackson comes in.
According to The Huffington Post:
"Jackson became a years-long fixation for Moonves after the so-called “wardrobe malfunction” of 2004, when her breast was exposed for nine-sixteenths of a second after Justin Timberlake tore a piece of fabric off her bustier during their Super Bowl halftime performance. CBS and MTV (a subsidiary of Viacom, the parent company of CBS at the time), which produced the halftime show, faced a torrent of criticism and a $550,000 Federal Communications Commission fine.
Jackson and Timberlake both said the incident was truly a malfunction ― that Timberlake was only meant to rip away the leather on Jackson’s bustier to reveal red lace, but instead ripped away everything, leaving her breast exposed to over 100 million Super Bowl fans.
Moonves, however, was convinced it wasn’t a malfunction, but rather an intentional bid to stir up controversy. Moonves has been open about the fact that the incident caused him embarrassment, and he told sources who spoke to me that Jackson, in his mind, was not sufficiently repentant."
Now, we all saw Justin Timberlake return to the Super Bowl while Janet had still been ousted. "Black Twitter" observed that day as #JanetJacksonAppreciationDay and all we did was post support for the icon. Moonves control over Jackson's career didn't stop there though, check this out:
"Moonves ordered Viacom properties VH1 and MTV, and all Viacom-owned radio stations, to stop playing Jackson’s songs and music videos. The move had a huge impact on sales of her album “Damita Jo,” which was released in March 2004, just a month after the Super Bowl.
A major point of controversy, particularly among Jackson’s black fans, was that the reaction to the wardrobe malfunction fell solely on Jackson’s shoulders, even though Timberlake was the one who actually pulled off the fabric to reveal her breast. While Jackson’s career was significantly damaged, Timberlake’s flourished. CBS insiders who spoke to me felt strongly that Moonves played a large part in how Jackson was perceived by the public."
This is one slimy individual! Let's hope she sues this man and wins big!