According to the latest reports, the Janet Jackson Wardrobe malfunction is still at large in the courts. That’s because CBS is still trying to fight the $550,000 fine levied against the network by the FCC over the Superbowl XXXVII incident. CBS’ lawyer is arguing that CBS is not responsible for Janet’s fleeting nudity, which lasted all of nine-sixteenths of a second when Justin Timberlake accidentally exposed her breast on the air.
Meanwhile, the FCC’s lawyer Jacob Lewis contends that there’s more to the situation then just the length of the nudity. Lewis also argues that CBS was warned in advance that the Janet Jackson – Justin Timberlake halftime number might have some “shocking surprises”, as it did.
The Janet Jackson “Nipplegate” incident has become back under the spotlight after a recent news report from Dancing with the Stars season 10. Reportedly DWTS 2010 producers have asked celeb dance contestant Pamela Anderson to dress more carefully, by either wearing more modest costume designs, or bras and pasties. The producers apparently don’t want a Pamela Anderson wardrobe malfunction on their ABC family TV show.
The Janet Jackson wardrobe malfunction occurred on stage during the MTV-produced halftime show of Superbowl XXXVII in 2004. Jackson was on stage performing with fellow pop star Justin Timberlake. The two musical stars performed a medley of hits including “All for You” and “Rhythm Nation” by Janet, and “Rock Your Body” by Timberlake. At one point, Timberlake was to tear away part of Janet’s top to reveal her red-lace bra. Unfortunately for Janet (or fortunately in terms of publicity) her right breast was exposed. Timberlake and Janet both issued apologies with Justin calling it a “wardrobe malfunction” which is a term still used to this day. According to TIVO, it encouraged about 35,000 new subscribers to its service.
Currently the Janet Jackson wardrobe malfunction case is in the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, after the Supreme Court sent the case back to them for reconsideration.