Super Bowl XXXVIII — which was broadcast live on February 1, from HoustonTexas on the CBS television network in the United States — was noted for a controversial halftime show in which Janet Jackson 's breastadorned with a nipple shieldwas exposed by Justin Timberlake for about half a second, in what was later referred to as a " wardrobe malfunction ". Along with the rest of the halftime show, it led to an immediate crackdown and widespread debate on perceived indecency in broadcasting. The incident was ridiculed both within the United States and abroad with a number of commentators considering it a planned publicity stunt.
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Three years after a "wardrobe malfunction" bared the singer Janet Jackson's right breast during a televised half-time Super Bowl show, a federal appeals court has been asked to consider whether its appearance was indecent or merely a fleeting and accidental glitch. CBS challenged the fine, claiming "fleeting, isolated or unintended" images should not automatically be considered indecent. The commission responded that it has long held that "even relatively fleeting references may be found indecent where other factors contribute to a finding of patent offensiveness".
Eric Stephenson, an attorney whose law office is in Farmington, has sued Viacom over the infamous incident. Stephenson, who could not be reached for comment late Wednesday, apparently is representing himself in the action. He alleges that Viacom is guilty of false advertising for not making clear exactly what the nature of the Super Bowl entertainment would be. The incident occurred during the halftime entertainment portion of the nationally televised Super Bowl on Feb.
But the game took a back seat to what transpired at the halftime show. On Feb. For a fraction of a second, 71, fans in the stands and 11 million people at home saw her bare breast.
Skip navigation! Anne Cohen. Some call it a "wardrobe malfunction"; others, "Nipplegate.
Sure, in that minuscule amount of time, the iconic performer's bare breast had been exposed—inadvertently or otherwise—to the over million people watching TV's biggest event by fellow performer Justin Timberlake and that's no small matter. In the years since that fateful moment in Houston's Reliant Stadium—marking its 15th anniversary on February 1—many questions remain. Did Timberlake, who pulled at Jackson's leather bustier right as his hit song "Rock Your Body" reached its closing "Bet I'll have you naked by the end of this song," exposing her right breast and its sunburst nipple shield as if on cue, pull away more fabric than he ought to have?
She peeked her head out from behind a black curtain that covered up all but her head, then the curtain slipped to briefly reveal a bare breast. The Super Bowl was seen by an estimated 86 million viewers. The Nielsen ratings company said the Video Music Awards was seen by 9. Entertainment journalist Alicia Quarles, former global entertainment editor for The Associated Press, said the shock factor has worn off.
It was not my intention that it go as far as it did. Both had issued their own apologies. An estimated million people were watching the show when at the end, pop star Justin Timberlake popped off part of Jackson's corset, exposing her breast.
Well, we can hardly either! And because Justin is returning to the big show inwe're taking it all the way back to and reliving the moment as it happened, picture by picture. Janet kicked off the performance, singing "Rhythm Nation" solo, before Justin joined her on stage with "Rock Your Body. When the racy moment was met with outrage by fans and the media, apologies and excuses were made, and the whole thing was deemed a "wardrobe malfunction.