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By Stan Silliman
Wardrobe Malfunction Case Still in Court
On November 2, the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals ruled for CBS and against the FCC on Nipplegate from the 2004 Super Bowl.
Can you believe this, eight years later and Janet Jackson’s nipple is still in court? Talk about the legal system milking it for all it’s worth. This case had a longer shelf life than any of Janet’s albums.
Janet’s nipple and Michael’s penis,
The court ruled 9/16 of a second of nip slippage didn’t warrant the $ 550,000 fine the FCC levied. I don’t know about the FCC but to many it was a traumatic experience. My little niece was so traumatized she still can’t drink chocolate milk.
who was at the Super Bowl in 2004 when the
Patriots played the Panthers,
Janet’s nipple wasn’t even the most
offensive thing during the halftime. A
streaker named Mark Roberts ran naked around
the field with the words “SUPER
BOWEL” written on the front side of his
body, an ad for a gambling website on
his back and a miniature football covering
his genitals. Players from
both teams chased him before finally
tackling him. The offensive part: an
overweight middle-aged naked guy ran thirty
yards before pro football players
could tackle him.
Yes, we think the incident was intentional, even though Janet insists it wasn’t. Too many things say otherwise. It fit the last line of Justin Timberlake’s “Rock Your Body” song which went “I’m going to have you naked by the end of this song.” Possibly, neither CBS nor MTV (the producer of the halftime show) knew what was going to happen. And what did happen was totally ironic in this way: MTV was involved for political purposes in that it was a vehicle to encourage young people to get out the vote. Instead, Nipplegate sparked enough controversy George Bush used “moral values” and “media decency” as vehicles to ride home on the election.
Interested in the aftermath? It appears CBS won’t have to pay the $ 550,000 fine. We’re sure they’ll be comforted in that fact after doling out $ 6.5 million in attorney fees. By the way, based on seconds of nipple exposure, their legal fees amounted to $ 12 million per second. Janet Jackson’s career took a nose dive. She still made albums but sales were lackluster, with singles failing to break the Top 40 when previously she had ten number one records. Janet went on to mock her incident on Letterman and SNL. In one SNL skit she portrayed Condi Rice answering questions with wardrobe malfunctions. Justin Timberlake’s career fared much better. He won two Grammys in 2004, had a number one album in 2006, became the most popular host on SNL and launched a movie career.
What does all this prove? 1) A double-standard. If a cute white guy helps a lady disrobe, it boosts his career. 2) If MTV thinks they can affect our political system, they’re wrong and 3) Our court system is as slow as molasses.
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