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Timberlake’s Tat For Jackson’s Tit: #JusticeForJanet Catches On

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O, 2004! Those days of patriotism and raging Republican conservatism seem long ago. We may look back at those days wistfully, given the current idiocracy. It was a cool January evening when Americans of all political stripes came together and watched Super Bowl XXXVIII. We were enraptured with Beyonce’s pre-game rendition of the national anthem, the appearance of a streaker just before halftime. That’s when all (t)it all began.

We all know what happened. Justin Timberlake ripped off part of Janet Jackson’s bustier, revealing her nipple, with a nipple shield. The famous ‘wardrobe malfunction’ caused major legal problems for all parties, including CBS, who claimed that it was Jackson and Timberlake who had planned the exposure “independently and clandestinely,” because nothing is more offensive than a boob.

The fallout for Miss Jackson was hard and fast. Her music was banned from Viacom networks, including MTV (who had produced the halftime show), and Clear Channel (now iHeartMedia), negatively impacting the sales of her album Damita Jo, which was released later that year. Jackson’s invitation to perform at the Grammys that year was withdrawn.

Timberlake, on the other hand… he launched a film career, appeared on SNL with nauseating frequency, and you know, got off scot free. Why? Because he doesn’t have boobs.

The hashtag #justiceforjanet has started to appear throughout social media, for good reason. Justin Timberlake has been invited to return to the halftime stage for the upcoming Super Bowl LII as the headliner. For anyone who says that he should be given a chance because he has remained relevant, ask yourself why she hasn’t remained relevant.

The only true justice here would be for JT to go full frontal on the stage in 2018. No wardrobe malfunction, just rip it all off. Better yet, let Janet rip it off. We may be just the slightest bit curious, as annoying as he is, but mostly we’d like to put the system to the test. If white male privilege isn’t a thing, let’s try Justin’s junk as true justice for Janet. If his career continues its current trajectory, we’ll know the system is rigged and go on fighting harder than ever before. If his career dips and he fades away, we’ll still be fighting for gender equality, but won’t be burdened by his pop tunes.

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