Justin Timberlake’s Super Bowl performance last night was a bitter reminder of the American cultural establishment’s shameful mistreatment of an iconic black female artist, and his complicity in it, writes Ali M. Latifi. By Ali M Latifi Rock Your Body. In the final seconds of her headlining performance at the Super Bowl XXXVIII halftime show, the ex-boybander ripped a piece of Janet’s Alexander McQueen-designed bustier, leaving the megastar’s right breast momentarily exposed. It was a single moment lasting less than a second, but it had a devastating impact on Jackson’s career. The fallout was immediate. Janet was quickly banned from performing at the Super Bowl again, disinvited from the 46th annual Grammy Awards that year (where she had been asked by her one-time duet partner Luther Vandross to introduce a tribute to him), and was blacklisted from MTV, CBS and all Clear Channel Communications-owned outlets. While Jackson was left to suffer the blowback, Timberlake refused to acknowledge his role in an incident that would derail Janet’s career for nearly a decade. Speaking to reporters before the Grammys, to which he was still invited, Timberlake showed few signs of contrition. “I’m frustrated that my character is being questioned. And the fact… Read full this story
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