540K FCC Complaints Won't Keep Him From Super Bowl

Justin Timberlake will perform at the Super Bowl Halftime Show in February
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 23, 2017 1:51 AM CDT

Fourteen years after "Nipplegate," the NFL is ready to have Justin Timberlake back for the Super Bowl Halftime Show. The singer—who accidentally exposed Janet Jackson's right breast to half the nation in 2004's notorious "wardrobe malfunction"—made the announcement in a Tonight Show skit with Jimmy Fallon on Sunday, People reports. Super Bowl LII will be held Feb. 4 in Minneapolis, and Variety predicts that "it doesn't seem completely unlikely" that Jackson, who was blacklisted by the NFL and several broadcasters after the 2004 incident, could make a surprise appearance at the show.

"If Justin Timberlake doesn't bring out Janet Jackson at the Super Bowl halftime I'm gonna take a knee," tweeted Ray Rahman. The 2004 incident caused 540,000 complaints to the Federal Communications Commission, which launched a crackdown on "indecent content" and heavily fined then-Super Bowl broadcaster CBS, though the fine was eventually chucked out on appeal. Gizmodo notes that the incident not only led to a broadcast delay during live performances, it changed the way we share video online: Jawed Karim, who co-founded YouTube the following year, says he decided to start the site to make it easier to find the Jackson clip and other videos online. (More Justin Timberlake stories.)

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