Justin Timberlake might be a man of the woods, but maybe not really a man of his word
The 2004 Super Bowl halftime show’s ‘Nipplegate’ was truly the Watergate of sports broadcasting: Where were you when Justin Timberlake unexpectedly exposed Janet Jackson’s breast to 143.6 million viewers on live television — seemingly, to her utter surprise?
In a new interview with Beats 1’s Zane Lowe, Timberlake addressed the infamous “wardrobe malfunction” known as Nipplegate, in light of his preparations to return to the stage for Super Bowl LII.
The singer admitted that he “stumbled through” the aftermath of the scandal, vaguely addressing criticisms that he didn’t do enough to defend Jackson from the disproportionate backlash she received.
“I had my wires crossed and it’s just something that you have to look back on and go like, ‘OK, well you know, you can’t change what’s happened but you can move forward and learn from it,’” Timberlake said, decked in the beanie and flannel that signal his rebrand as a woodsy hipster.
It’s not entirely clear what aspect of the situation Timberlake is saying he can “learn” from. But he makes sure to assert that Jackson is totally not mad at him.
“I don’t know that a lot of people know that [me and Janet made peace],” he claims. “I mean I don’t think it’s my job to do that, because you value the relationships that you do have with people.”
It’s important to note that Jackson has not publicly commented on her feelings towards Timberlake in recent history.
After the incident, she was not only forced to apologize and take full blame, but was also barred from award shows — like that year’s Grammys (Timberlake still attended) — and also had her music blacklisted from the most influential radio stations and TV networks of the time (Timberlake did not).
In a 2006 MTV interview, long after it could actually help Jackson, Timberlake expressed regret that he’d failed to stand by her while she suffered the lion’s share of the consequences.
But in the age of #FreeTheNipple campaigns and the Time’s Up initiative, we can now look back at the clear misogyny and racism at play. The public vilified Jackson, pinning the supposed moral degradation of society on a single (briefly) exposed nipple.
And those who clamored to shame and blame her didn’t once stop to ask, “Hang on — wasn’t it Timberlake who actually, physically ripped off the costume? And didn’t Jackson look shocked and mortified about it before immediately running off stage?”
There’s still a lot of mystery around what exactly happened. But you know what isn’t a mystery? The reason why Timberlake’s career continued to soar, while Jackson’s never came close to recovering.
Fourteen years later, and Timberlake has been invited back with open arms to the scene of the Nipplegate crime. But where’s Janet Jackson’s big comeback halftime show?
John Travolta has got the moves to ‘Grease’ 40 years on
That belt loop hip shake from 1978’s Grease has surely been replicated countless times in schools, dances, and in front of mirrors.
Wednesday marked 40 years since the film premiered in New York City, and John Travolta just so happened to be on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, although to promote his upcoming film Gotti.
The shake, which Travolta calls the “four corners,” was introduced when Grease’s choreographer needed a step at the end of “You’re The One That I Want.”
Turns out Travolta still has some of those moves, by the way.
Alicia Silverstone explains why she has Donald Trump’s number in her phone
“Alicia Silverstone and Donald Trump exchanged numbers about 10 years ago. But, before you jump to conclusions, you need to hear the full account of what happened.
On The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, the Clueless star said that she and Trump had a “date to talk about solar panels” and that his name and number are still in her phone to this very day.
So, what exactly happened? “I was on one of the other talk shows in the daytime talking about solar panels and silk milk… and he [Trump] said he was really interested and we exchanged numbers so that we could continue this conversation about solar panels,” she said. “So I met with him.”
Serena Williams ‘Wakanda-inspired Catsuit’ that makes her feel like a superhero
Serena Williams is already a superhero to each and every one of us. But, as it turns out, she also has a Black Panther-inspired catsuit which makes her feel like a “warrior princess”.
After Williams beat Kristya Pliskova at the French open at Stade Roland Garros, Paris on Tuesday, she spoke about the meaning behind her black bodysuit.
“It feels like this suit represents all the women that have been through a lot mentally, physically, with their body to come back and have confidence and to believe in themselves,” she said following her victory on Tuesday, per the Guardian.
Williams just made her return to the sport nine months after the birth of her daughter. She suffered complications at the time of the birth due to a pulmonary embolism.
In addition to being a symbol of confidence and empowerment, the suit also reminds Williams of Black Panther.
“I call it, like, my Wakanda-inspired catsuit,” Williams said. “We designed it way before the movie, but still, it kind of reminds me of that.”
Not only that, Williams says when she dons her black bodysuit, she feels “like a warrior princess.”
“I always wanted to be a superhero and it’s kind of my way of being a superhero,” she said.
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