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New York Times doc on Janet Jackson’s Super Bowl scandal leaves questions unanswered

The initial announcement sent ripples through the pop culture universe: The New York Times is developing a documentary on Janet Jackson’s Super Bowl incident.

That’s because the newspaper’s documentary work for FX’s The New York Times Presents series has been nothing short of spectacular. In particular, its two films on Britney Spears – Framing Britney Spears, released in February and Controlling Britney Spears, aired in September – are widely credited with jump-starting a public conversation which culminated in a judge ending the pop star’s 13-year conservatorship just last week.

Those films had such impact, in part, because they pushed us all to reconsider how Spears was treated more than a decade ago by media outlets, standup comics, the music industry and even her friends and family in light of modern attitudes about misogyny and mental health.

It’s centered on the massively explosive controversy kicked off when surprise guest Justin Timberlake ripped off a piece of Jackson’s costume during their performance at the Super Bowl halftime show in 2004, briefly exposing one of her breasts.

The thesis of the film is summed up in its title: it contends Jackson was unfairly and inordinately punished for the “wardrobe malfunction,” as it came to be known, while Timberlake, in particular, went on to win Grammy awards and continue his charmed show business life.

Hiding in plain sight, the film suggests, was how sexism and racism focused criticism on Jackson – given a helping hand by former CBS chairman and CEO Les Moonves, who took the whole scandal personally, since he had promised NFL officials the halftime show would be fit for family entertainment.

The documentary presents a former employee of the The Recording Academy saying Moonves, who stepped down from CBS in 2018 after several women made sexual harassment and assault allegations against him, insisted Jackson and Timberlake apologize at that year’s Grammy awards. (Timberlake attended and apologized, but Jackson did not attend.) As the film shows, Jackson’s eighth album Damita Jo, released a couple of months after the halftime show, floundered amid the controversy as MTV and VH1 seemed to avoid playing her videos. – Source

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