Janet Jackson’s Super Bowl Scandal Explored in New FX doc ‘Malfunction’

The Jodi Gomes-directed New York Times Presents film focuses on the “wardrobe malfunction” at the 2004 Super Bowl, when Justin Timberlake exposed Janet Jackson’s breast during the halftime show.

via: New York Post

The team behind the show is the same that launched “Framing Britney Spears,” a documentary about the pop star’s yearslong conservatorship.

The new doc will debut Nov. 19. at 10 p.m. Eastern simultaneously on both FX and Hulu.

The movie will dive deep into the 2004 Super Bowl halftime show incident, which saw Justin Timberlake expose Jackson’s breast on live TV in front of millions upon millions of viewers.

The doc will also look into the racial and cultural aspects that influenced attention around the alleged wardrobe malfunction. It will show rare footage and interviews with several people who were at the helm of the show in Houston on that fateful night. These include NFL and MTV executives as well as insights from music industry insiders, cultural critics and members of the Jackson family. The film will even examine former CBS executive Les Moonves’ role in the scandal.

A source told Page Six earlier this year that the upcoming doc is “going to be all about the fallout and the suits who f–ked over Janet [at] Viacom.” They added, “They’re reaching out to everyone who was involved: dancers, stylists, directors. Everyone.” Neither Jackson nor Timberlake is taking part in the film.

Jackson, now 55, performed a medley of her hit tunes “All for You” and “Rhythm Nation” during the halftime show. Timberlake, 40, came out to the wide-eyed surprise of fans to sing his chart-topping single at the time, “Rock Your Body.”

At the end of the song, the former NSYNC frontman ripped off a piece of Jackson’s bodice, exposing her right breast. Despite her nipple being covered by a pasty, CBS frantically cut to a wide shot to prevent further damage.

The pop culture moment has been cemented in the brains of music and football lovers everywhere. The Federal Communications Commission received over 540,000 complaints about the show at the time. CBS was fined $550,000 by the FCC, although the Supreme Court ruled in 2012 that the fine was invalid and shouldn’t be paid.

Timberlake told MTV two years after the performance, “I probably got 10 percent of the blame. I think America’s probably harsher on women, and I think America is, you know, unfairly harsh on ethnic people.”

Earlier this year, the “Cry Me a River” crooner apologized to Spears and Jackson again after the release of “Framing Britney Spears.” His apology read, “I care for and respect these women and I know I failed.”

Malfunction: The Dressing Down of Janet Jackson will premiere on FX and Hulu November 19 at 10 p.m. ET.

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