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Monday, February 02, 2004

More on the Super 'Bare': In an update to last night's post, the FCC has announced an investigation into the ending of last night's Super Bowl halftime show, when Justin Timberlake ripped a portion of Janet Jackson's top, revealing her right breast. The Chairman of the FCC went so far as to issue a public statement regarding the incident.

The incident comes at a time when sexuality and indecency on television has become a heated issue. Legislation has been proposed to increase the maximum fine for indecency 10-fold, from $27,500 to $275,000, and newspaper editorials have denounced the direction in which televised entertainment is heading. All of the parties involved have apologized, including CBS, MTV and Timberlake. Jackson also apologized, but instead of saying the incident was unplanned or blaming a "wardrobe malfunction," admitted in a statement:

"The decision to have a costume reveal at the end of my halftime show performance was made after final rehearsals.
MTV was completely unaware of it," Jackson said. "It was not my intention that it go as far as it did. I apologize to
anyone offended including the audience, MTV, CBS and the NFL."

Slate has a related article on who should be punished for the incident. As I posted yesterday, I feel the blame, and any fines, should fall on the artists.

Update: The New York Times has a more detailed description of what may have been originally planned for the halftime show, along with more NFL criticisms of the show and MTV generally. Thankfully, it looks like this event will cause the league to tame Super Bowl halftime shows in the future.


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