This week, singer and actor Justin Timberlake was revealed as the headliner for the Super Bowl LII (52) halftime show.
You may remember Timberlake’s last performance during the big game back in 2004. Does “wardrobe malfunction” ring a bell? It will be the first appearance by the singer since that infamous moment with Janet Jackson — marking a true low point in NFL history (of course that was decades before the national anthem protests.)
From CNN Money:
The NFL announced Sunday that Timberlake, 36, is set to perform in Super Bowl LII’s halftime show on Feb. 4 in Minneapolis.
The last time he graced the game’s halftime stage was at Super Bowl XXXVIII in 2004. During the show, Timberlake ripped away part of Jackson’s costume, exposing one of her breasts to a TV audience estimated at roughly 140 million.
Timberlake is seemingly well-liked throughout the country, probably due to his many comedic appearances on Saturday Night Live. And yet, a lot of people are very displeased with the NFL’s decision.
Not that the NFL needs more problems. Since Colin Kaepernick’s kneeling protest has spread like wildfire this season, fans have been heading for the exits (and the channel remotes) in droves. But are these same fans the ones with hair on fire over the selection of Timberlake as headliner?
Even though Justin is a Hillary Clinton supporter, the left seems to hate the choice more than the right because Timberlake “caused” Jackson’s wardrobe malfunction to begin with, per Daily Caller:
That’s a fine choice, right? Nothing too polarizing about Justin Timberlake. He’s just a regular dude who happens to be equally talented at golf, acting, and singing. Should be a good time.
Wrong. This is 2017, and we can’t have nice things. It took no less than 5 milliseconds for the internet to find something offensive about Justin Timberlake.
.@jtimberlake still ensuring white privilege remains in style in 2017. Meanwhile, Janet Jackson is still left in the cold.
My only request is that you don't perform any of the music inspired by her brother or any Black artist.
You love our culture, but disrespect our people. https://t.co/VTVWiGponv
— Ernest Owens (@MrErnestOwens) October 23, 2017
The fact that Janet Jackson is STILL banned for something Justin Timberlake did, yet he's not infuriates me #whiteprivilege at it's finest
— Don't wanna hear it (@willajbabe1989) October 23, 2017
Janet Jackson: banned. Justin Timberlake: welcome back. Look, guys, a guy getting to do what a woman can’t is just on brand for 2017, okay?
— Leanna Renee (@leannuh_renay) October 23, 2017
The NFL banned Janet Jackson but they are bringing back Justin Timberlake to perform because Justin has the complexion for the protection pic.twitter.com/FwP0EY2wUk
— Tariq Nasheed (@tariqnasheed) October 23, 2017
Good ol’ liberals. When in doubt, break out the race card. You’d think it’d be a bit tattered and dog-eared by now, given how often it’s played.
In any event, Timberlake is aware some folks take issue with his selection for half time, and addressed them, per Billboard:
Justin Timberlake is excited about his gig headlining the Super Bowl LII Pepsi Halftime show, but he’s also aware that having the biggest TV platform of the year is a responsibility. The singer sat down at halftime to discuss the gig on Sunday Night Football, telling Football Night in America host Mike Tirico that he’s super excited, but planning to make a statement while playing the hits.
“What I really want to do is take the opportunity to put together a performance that feels like it unifies,” he told Tirico. “I feel like that would be the ultimate accomplishment, and then the icing on the cake is at some point, within that 12 minutes, that everybody is shaking their booty.”
Timberlake also addressed the elephant in the room: his controversial 2004 halftime performance, during which he briefly exposed Janet Jackson‘s breast via the “wardrobe malfunction” heard ’round the world. Asked how he reacted to the request to return to the halftime stage more than a decade after that incident, Timberlake said “Immediately, I was excited. It’s a huge moment so I was very excited.”
And then he posted this amusing little skit with Jimmy Fallon to demonstrate his excitement.
— Justin Timberlake (@jtimberlake) October 23, 2017
Justin Timberlake is a very talented performer indeed. We can only hope he sticks to singing and dancing. We wish the football players would also stick to just playing the game, but that may be too much to ask for.
Well, at least we still have the ads to look forward to…
[This article was written by Michele Hickford, author of the brutally honest and bitingly funny Do I Need To Slap You?]