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Style Fails: Janet Jackson’s ‘Nipplegate’ Costume

Janet Jackson Justin Timberlake Super Bowl wardrobe malfunction
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Back in February of 2004, Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake performed the halftime show at Super Bowl XXXVIII.

As part of the routine, he pulled at her leather costume and her breast was exposed, even though the nipple itself was shielded by a plate-like piece of jewelry.

The shot only lasted about half a second, but it gave rise to a whole new phrase — the “wardrobe malfunction” — and sent the FCC and some parents’ groups into an absolutely ridiculous frenzy.

Eventually, the lawsuits and gnashing of teeth went all the way to the Supreme Court, which, in June of 2012, basically told the FCC to get bent.

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