Janet Jackson fans blast Justin Timberlake after Super Bowl invitation

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Janet Jackson’s fans memories are apparently long — and the disdain for a certain pop star has failed to subside after more than a decade. When former NSYNC front man Justin Timberlake got an invitation to perform at the Super Bowl 52 this coming February, Twitter erupted with volcanic ferocity at who was left out:

The singer confirmed his 2018 Super Bowl performance early Sunday evening with a tweet that read, “I DO have the time. Half the time…#PepsiHalftime #SBLII @Pepsi @NFL @JimmyFallon @FallonTonight”

The NFL also posted about Timberlake’s upcoming appearance: “Global superstar Justin Timberlake will headline the Pepsi Super Bowl LII Halftime Show on NBC at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minnesota on Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018, it was confirmed tonight.”

And the evidence of fan disapproval kept flooding Twitter:

Timberlake will earn the enviable distinction of being the only artist to appear at three Super Bowls, having previously performed at Super Bowls XXXV and XXXVIII.

But this will also mark the first time he has performed at the halftime show since 2004. That year, the crossover artist’s perofrmance with Janet Jackson on the song “Rock Your Body” was a cultural and political watershed moment after he pulled off her nipple guard and briefly exposed her right breast.

Despite the duo’s performance being carefully rehearsed and choreographed, the incident was later characterized as a “wardrobe malfunction.”

Neither Timberlake’s tweet nor the NFL press release refer to iconic and beloved Jackson, who was subsequently barred from appearing on the 2004 Grammy Awards.

Timberlake did appear at the Grammys that year, appearing in a conservative business suit, and that led to public charges of sexism and racism. Jackson’s career never again rose to the same commercial and Hall of Fame-caliber heights she had achieved before the Super Bowl controversy.

There are unconfirmed reports that Jay-Z was asked to headline the halftime show before Timberlake, but that he declined to appear as he sympathizes with Colin Kaepernick and the player protests of the national anthem.

Terry Shropshire
Terry Shropshire

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5 Comments
  1. Janet is timeless, classic, pop. She does not need (nor any other Black superstar for that matter) that modern day gladiator garbage of a sport to validate her success…

  2. Janet has some good music, but she has been far less active on the music scene than Justin Timberlake in the last 10 years.

    I do think the ban has been long enough over the nipple fiasco, though.

  3. jayzz did a great thing , now justin timberlake is white , white i tell ya!!! you think whites gonna let that boy down with blonde hair and all? we still dont get it , racism is about power its about embarrassing and destroying anybody famous and black look what the DA did to micheal jackson. regardless of his looks he should never been robbed of his integrity and talents , he was never the same , janet got white fans too , and a breast showing is not a bad thing as many nude photos our kids see on tv .. get real the hate came from whites who refuse to believe this white boy ripped that tape off of janet costume exposing her nipple ok . . they swear a white man didnt do that , cause in private white boys are suckin plenty black titty ok so stop lieing they act like janet is dirty and unprofeesional due to a tiny mistake . its done over and she still a major SUPER STAR MAJOR . if that was beyonce it would not thave been an issue , janet is darkskin, black ,and a jackson ,,, micheals sister , at the same time micheal just finished a a trial of molestation on a child .. and janet was right there in court with him outrageing whites . so she was going down anyway i love her anyway amazing star, and still the king of pops sister

  4. janet got so much money from that arab she aint never gott set foot on a stage again ,but she loves the show business she is from a show business family timberlake is not . just a pop culture boy band member who wanna sound black so bad …. and whites dont mind him mimicing a black mans voice to sell records sick , , its like whites getting a tan for what? they want to be us so bad , always darking the skin and racheal dolcel the white college professor white chick who tanned her skin and kinked her hair to look black is the poster child for whty they hate blacks they cant be us .. so they hate on us .. classic

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