Justin Timberlake is facing backlash following the New York Times' documentary about Janet Jackson and THAT Superbowl moment. This comes just months after the viral Framing Britney documentary led to Justin apologizing in a statement to his former girlfriend.
The documentary, ‘Malfunction’ has caused a huge reaction on Twitter after it showed the controversial 2004 Super Bowl moment that famously damaged Janet Jackson’s career.
If you’re unfamiliar with what went down, Justin Timberlake and Janet Jackson were performing the Super Bowl halftime show together and during one of the numbers, Justin pulled off the top of Janet’s costume exposing her breast on Prime Time tv.
The moment, which some still debate whether it was planned or not, was referred to as a ‘wardrobe malfunction’ (hence the name of the documentary,) and has left viewers fuming with Justin, because just like we saw with Justin and Britney’s breakup in Framing Britney, Janet received all the blame for the incident while Justin escaped the scandal.
In fact, as the documentary depicts he joked about it on several occasions, while Janet’s highly successful career was effectively ‘put on ice.’ Sounds familiar right? And now viewers are calling Justin out.
One said: “Janet Jackson flashed the audience for 9/16th of a second… and they acted like she destroyed America. Meanwhile, Justin Timberlake got high fives.”
Janet Jackson flashed the audience for 9/16th of a second… and they acted like she destroyed America. Meanwhile, Justin Timberlake got high fives.November 20, 2021
Another posted: “Justin Timberlake is about to get eaten up by Janet Jackson and Britney Spears like it's 2004.”
Justin Timberlake is about to get eaten up by Janet Jackson and Britney Spears like it's 2004 💀 pic.twitter.com/pttfg2CAC9November 20, 2021
While a third posted a clip of Justin referring to the event during a song, and wrote: “When Justin Timberlake capitalized Janet Jackson's misfortune.”
When Justin Timberlake capitalized Janet Jackson's misfortune #JusticeforJanet #JanetDoc pic.twitter.com/RSjtQasOtRNovember 20, 2021
Following the Framing Britney outcry, which did feature the Super Bowl moment, Justin posted a statement and apology to both Britney and Janet.
He said: “I am deeply sorry for the times in my life where my actions contributed to the problem, where I spoke out of turn, or did not speak up for what was right, I understand that I fell short in these moments and in many others and benefited from a system that condones misogyny and racism."
Janet has not responded to this, nor was she interviewed in the documentary—but according to Glamour (opens in new tab) she will feature in a second documentary coming in 2022, called ‘Janet.’
Naomi is a Lifestyle News Writer with the Women's Lifestyle team and has recently earned her Gold Standard diploma in Journalism with the NCTJ. She has a background in design, having studied Illustration at Plymouth University but has taken a leap into the world of journalism after always having a passion for writing. She currently writes pieces on beauty, trends, fashion, and entertainment for GoodTo and My Imperfect Life. She also tests and reviews beauty and skincare products and tries out the latest TikTok hacks for My Imperfect Life.
Before working for Future Publishing’s Lifestyle News team, she worked in the Ad production team. Here she wrote and designed adverts on all sorts of things, which then went into print magazines across all genres. Now, when she isn’t writing articles on celebs, fashion trends, or the newest shows on Netflix, you can find her drinking copious cups of coffee, drawing and probably online shopping.
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