Super Bowl XXXVIII — which was broadcast live on February 1, from Houston , Texas on the CBS television network in the United States — was noted for a controversial halftime show in which Janet Jackson 's breast , adorned with a nipple shield , was 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. YouTube co-founder Jawed Karim claims that this incident was what led to the creation of the video sharing website. Following the incident, CBS parent company Viacom , and their co-owned subsidiaries MTV and Infinity Broadcasting , enforced a blacklist of Jackson's singles and music videos on many radio formats and music channels worldwide. Prior to the incident, Timberlake had attended Jackson's Rhythm Nation Tour as an adolescent , and Jackson's energetic dance routines and daring performing style made a deep impression on him. Timberlake had frequently mentioned admiring Jackson in many interviews during this time and throughout the following few years preceding the incident.
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'Nipplegate' revisited: What really happened between Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake?
The blame on Jackson comes on a second day of fallout after pop idol Justin Timberlake tore off half of Jackson's black leather bustier while the pair were singing a duet, exposing her right breast at the conclusion of Sunday's Super Bowl halftime show. Freston, whose company produced the halftime show for CBS, said Timberlake was informed of the stunt just moments before he took the stage with Jackson. The stunt, which Timberlake said was due to a "wardrobe malfunction," sparked widespread viewer complaints. Federal Communications Commission regulators launched an investigation amid calls for the government to take a tougher stance on regulating indecency on television. Jackson took the blame but said on Monday her stunt went further than she intended: "The decision to have a costume reveal at the end of my half-time show performance was made after final rehearsals.
Super Bowl XXXVIII halftime show controversy
Deals We Love is back! Check out these must have accessories to enhance your living space. My guess is that the reason Janet Jackson allowed her right breast to be exposed before a world television audience is because Justin Timberlake slipped her wine in a soda can. That is about the only excuse I can buy for the cheap stunt perpetrated on Sunday.
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