Over the weekend, Lifetime/A&E’s documentary Janet Jackson aired. It was done with Janet’s permission and participation, and she had a lot to say about her life and many of the conspiracies around her life and career. One of the biggest takeaways was that Janet wants people to finally forgive Justin Timberlake. In 2004, during the Super Bowl Halftime show, Justin pulled off part of Janet’s costume, revealing her breast on live TV. It was one of the biggest “scandals” to ever happen, especially with right-wing media screaming “what about the children” every hour for months on end. It was always going to be a sh-tshow, but it was absolutely made worse by the fact that Justin was very happy to throw all of the blame on Janet while he walked away unscathed. For 18 years, people still bring it up as one of the reasons why JT sucks. Well, during the documentary, Janet was trying to get people to give Justin a break:
Janet Jackson says she and Justin Timberlake are “very good friends” following their famous “wardrobe malfunction” during the Super Bowl halftime show in 2004.
“Honestly, this whole thing was blown way out of proportion,” the singer, 55, said of the incident during her Lifetime/A&E documentary. “And, of course, it was an accident that should not have happened, but everyone is looking for someone to blame and that’s gotta stop. Justin and I are very good friends and we will always be very good friends.”
Jackson added that she spoke with Timberlake, 40, “just a few days ago.”
“He and I have moved on and it’s time for everyone else to do the same,” she said.
Sources told Page Six that Jackson recorded the video about her friendship with Timberlake last week as a last minute addition to the tell-all doc. Timberlake previously apologized to Jackson in a lengthy post shared to Instagram last February amid backlash from the New York Times’ “Framing Britney Spears” doc.
I think both “sides” can be right – Janet and Justin buried the hatchet and they’re totally fine now AND everyone else can still hold a grudge against him. Justin really was an a–hole back then (I suspect that has not changed) to Janet and to Britney. As others have pointed out, while Justin could have and should have done more to help Janet, it should be clear by now that Les Moonves (then the president of CBS) went out of his way to destroy Janet’s career. Justin was a douche, but Moonves was a toxic, powerful misogynist who genuinely harmed Janet’s life and work. Anyway, people aren’t gonna forgive Justin just because Janet said they should.
Janet Jackson: I've forgiven Justin Timberlake! Please leave him alone!
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