Time to Let It Go?!?!

April 18, 2012 at 8:01 PM (current news, human life issues, legal issues, music and entertainment, political atmosphere, social opinion, web gossip)

It is interesting, curious, that this topic continues to receive review by officials that extend all the way up to nationally-placed goverment authorities.  I recognize that it does need some level of review.  Yet, I have to believe that such review should have occurred already, as this particular incident is over, and the majority of society has moved forward.

It was during the halftime show at Super Bowl XXXVIII (thirty-eight…), year 2004, when a musical performance was presented by Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake.  The musical superstars teamed up for a world-viewed presentation of their hit song Rock Your Body.  It was entertaining, with a seemingly surprise ending.  As their performance concluded, it seemed that Timberlake made a sudden movement to pull clothing away from Jackson’s chest, exposing her right breast.

The display created shockwaves throughout the public audience, giving the media a hot topic to discuss for months, while providing fuel for discussion about what is and what is not appropriate for public televison.  At the time that the “wardrobe malfunction” occurred, it seemed as if Timberlake had made a sudden move to rip away clothing from Jackson’s chest area.   The action appeared accidental, or at least planned only by Timberlake, as Jackson looked to be stunned by the action.

However it happened, the now infamous “wardrobe malfunction” has created a stir of public opinion that has lasted for eight years.  Some people believe that Jackson and Timberlake planned the act as a part of their show.  Some people believe that it was an act planned by Timberlake alone, as Jackson seemed shocked by it.  Some people think that it was a sudden movement, not initially intended by either artist.

However it was meant to occur, the action did create an oscillation of public opinion.  It was discussed throughout public media for months immediately following the show.  Off and on recollections of what happened during the performance continued, with actual discussion of it going all the way to federal government levels.  During November 2011, The Federal Communications Commission almost levied a $550,000 fine against CBS for allowing the performance to be aired publicly, yet The U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals did not allow the fines to pass.   Each performer was fined $325,000 for committing the action.

What seems to be the base of the discussion is whether or not such an alleged incident is alright for viewing by a public audience.  The Super Bowl is dubbed “a family show”.  The action of having Justin Timberlake make a movement to expose Janet Jackson’s right nipple on public television created at least a sense of discomfort among the so-called family viewing audience.  There had been such a point of clamor by the occurrence that some refer to what happpened as Nipplegate!

The lingering discussion revolves around what is permissible for public viewing.  Roughly 540,000 U.S. viewers complanied to The F.C.C. about what occurred at the Super Bowl XXVIII halftime show.  Accidental, or not, the actual incident was seen as lewd, and not to be permitted for viewing during a public television broadcast.  As The Parents Television Council gave a public condemnation of the performance, national polls were taken by The Associated Press.  AP revealed that a mere eighteen percent of those whom were polled were in favor of the results by the FCC investigation.  Furthermore, lingering effects from the incident lead MTV to announce that they would not be involve with anymore NFL halftime shows!

I am a big fan of Janet Jackson’s.  I was before that Super Bowl, and I continue to follow her presentations.  I enjoy the musical works of Justin Timberlake, as well.  From my point of view, I am not seeing why such an extensive outburst is continuing about this incident, especially considering all of the lewd incidents, plus, that involve professional sports activities, that are geared toward mature audiences, and are supposed to be monitored by mature adults, anyhow.

Either way, it is certain that Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake gained more attention from the surrounding publicity.  I do not think that the careers of either artists were negatively affected by what happened at this halftime show.  I do hope that the following conversation, pointless, or otherwise, did allow for further recognition of the needs for responsibility during public activities, which needs to be expressed and absorbed especially by younger viewers.  Meanwhile, more risque displays from musical artists have been and will continue to be shown!




Rest in Peace, Dick Clark


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