The way this man avoided responsibility…
In short, during the halftime show, Justin ripped off some fabric of Janet’s outfit, and bared her chest. It was a huge deal, which seriously damaged Janet’s career in the aftermath – while Justin’s experience was remarkably different.
First, the documentary shows how even before the Super Bowl — when Janet received the inaugural MTV Icon Award in 2001 — Justin spoke only about Janet’s appearance.
It then explores the immediate aftermath of the Super Bowl – with Justin telling interviewers, “I love giving you all something to talk about” and “It’s every man’s dream” in regards to performing that night. . Janet was nowhere to be found after that, but is said to have cried when the stage manager put a blanket around her.
Of course Justin’s words changed tone in the days that followed. His statement apologizing for the incident was released before Janet’s, saying: “I apologize if anyone was offended by the wardrobe malfunction during the Super Bowl halftime. It was not intentional and it was regrettable” – the term “closet malfunction ” catapulting. in the popular lexicon.
Janet went on to offer the first of many apologies, saying in a statement: “I didn’t mean for it to go as far as it is. I apologize to anyone who has been offended, including the public, MTV, CBS and the NFL.”
Footage is then shown of Justin giving an interview in which he seems to distance himself from the incident, saying: “I had the impression that what was going to be revealed in the costume reveal was a red bra… Then what happened, all that I could say was, ‘Oh my god, oh my god.’ I don’t feel I need that kind of publicity, and I wouldn’t want to be involved in a stunt, especially something of this magnitude.”
Enter Les Moonves, the former head of CBS – who left the company afterward multiple accusations of sexual harassment came to light in 2018. Moonves reportedly wanted personal apologies from both Janet and Justin, which she didn’t give and he did — reportedly in tears.
Janet failed to attend the Grammys the following week, after CBS wanted both Janet and Justin to formally apologize for the show, while Justin won an award, saying, “I know it’s been a rough week for everyone… what happened was unintentional, completely regrettable, and I fully apologize if you were offended” – as I laughed.
Janet’s music and film career is suffering, probably driven in part by some degree of industrial sabotage and boycotts. The difference in brand approach was telling – Disney removed a Rhythm Nation statue from his park while a McDonald’s deal with Justin remained in place.
And — after the documentary’s release on Hulu this weekend — some viewers took to Twitter to voice their support for Janet:
Earlier this year, Justin’s role in the Super Bowl incident was re-examined by many following the NYT documentary Framing Britney Spears – which emphasized the way Justin’s career took advantage of his breakup with Britney.
Justin then brought a apology last February: “To Britney Spears and Janet Jackson, both separately, because I care about and respect these women and I know I failed.”