Many people watching Super Bowl 53 this past weekend took to social media after the halftime show to question the double standard of Janet Jackson’s wardrobe malfunction and Adam Levine’s shirtless performance.
The event, nicknamed “Nipplegate”, put a halt on Jackson’s career as a slight wardrobe malfunction occurred during her halftime show with Justin Timberlake.
During the performance, the two stars did a duet of Timberlake’s song “Rock Your Body” with suggestive dance moves. The performance ended with Timberlake pulling a part of Jackson’s outfit revealing her right breast.
After the incident, the Federal Communications Commission took CBS and Viacom to court and tried to sue the two big companies $550,000 for indecent exposure on live television. The fine was eventually appealed and voided.
Jackson was then asked by CBS to write a written apology while Timberlake remained clear of any punishments. Jackson was also banned from performing and presenting at the Grammys a week later while Timberlake was not.
The punishment did not stop there as Jackson was also blacklisted from Clear Channel Communications who also own Infinity Broadcasting and Viacom who own a number of channels such as MTV and CBS. All of Jackson’s music was banned from airing making her album “Damita Jo” her lowest selling album to date. The singer was also forced to resign from a movie deal.
What happened to Timberlake? Nothing.
The “Nipplegate” situation has sparked controversy in this year’s Super Bowl as Adam Levine stripped away his clothes and exposed upper body during his performance. This outraged fans as they called out the double standard with many taking to Twitter to express their concerns.
One twitter user, Vicky Mochama tweeted, “Wow. So brave of adam levine to honor janetjackson’s legacy by showing both of his nipples.”
Another Twitter user, Kory Kuhl, shared, “friendly reminder that janet jackson got blacklisted for exactly what adam levine just did.”
The event also garnered celebrity attention as rapper Aminé tweets to his followers, “ay if janet can’t show skin why can adam?”
Why are Levine’s nipples acceptable and not Jackson’s? Why was Timberlake’s career not affected by “Nipplegate” even though he was the one who exposed her? Why did Jackson have to take the fall while others did not?
Jackson was briefly exposed with one nipple for one second during the show and had part of her career ruined whilst Levine had two exposed nipples for over two minutes with no consequences.
Jackson had no control over the exposure of her nipple, and Levine purposely tore his shirt off. Why does the media have this double standard when it comes to males and females?
Representatives from the Women’s March wrote on Twitter that CBS and the NFL should apologize to Jackson, writing, “White male performers like Levine and Timberlake are allowed to do what they want with their bodies; to show their nipples and even expose others,” the statement continues, “Black women, on the other hand, are demonized for having their nipples shown, even without their consent. The double standard is clear. It’s time the NFL, the entertainment industry, and the nation stop policing and hyper-sexualizing women’s bodies.”
Due to this controversial event, Feb. 3 is now deemed Janet Jackson Appreciation Day with many using the hashtag to honor the singer.
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