Why Are People Freaking Out Over Justin Timberlake's Super Bowl Halftime Show?
The internet is not down with Timberlake's upcoming performance. Ummm, can you say #JusticeForJanet?
On Saturday night, the NFL officially announced that Justin Timberlake will be the halftime show performer at the 2018 Super Bowl. A mere two seconds later, Twitter erupted with claims that JT was undeserving of the high-profile slot. He is, after all, the owner of the culpable hand which exposed Janet Jackson’s right breast during their 2004 Super Bowl performance:
Though it was Timberlake who caused the infamous malfunction, it was Jackson who endured the harshest consequences from the incident. According to Rolling Stone, Jackson was uninvited to the Grammys that year. Meanwhile, Timberlake was allowed to attend — and even walked home with a Grammy.
This was not lost on the good folks of Twitter, who took to their timelines in protest of yet another Timberlake-centered halftime show. His performance this February will be his third time on the Super Bowl stage, the most of any single entertainer according to Today.com.
People were quick to point out that Timberlake occupies a certain privilege (*cough* white, *cough* male) that let him off the hook too easily after causing the wardrobe malfunction of the decade.
To add to the backlash, there was confusion over whether or not Janet Jackson was also banned from performing, which spawned the hashtag #JusticeForJanet. This was clarified on Monday when the NFL released a statement to Entertainment Weekly saying there was no ban. And because Twitter will respond to anything and everything, this caused speculation that maybe Jackson would make a guest appearance during the performance. One can only hope... though I'd also settle for an *NSYNC reunion.