Janet Jackson performing at Super Bowl XXXVIII
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'Malfunction: The Dressing Down Of Janet Jackson': How & What Time & Where To Watch The New 2021 Documentary
What do you remember about the 2004 Super Bowl halftime show incident, where Justin Timberlake very briefly revealed Janet Jackson's partially nude right breast on national television? Was it a big deal? A not-so-big deal? Whatever your feelings about it — or lack thereof — the cultural ripple effect was undeniable.
As a brand-new Hulu doc illuminates, that 9/16ths-of-a-second was about more than an unfortunate wardrobe malfunction: It was where racial and sexual politics — and the eternal censorship debate — boiled together and came to a head very publicly.
In the new 2021 Malfunction: The Dressing Down of Janet Jackson documentary, which will be released Friday, Nov. 19, at 10 p.m. on FX and streaming on Hulu, producer/director Jodi Gomes will show how the split-second event fanned the flames in a variety of sectors — from the NFL to the FCC to various politicians and their circles.
As The New York Times reports, the former commissioner of the NFL., Paul Tagliabue, will make an appearance — as well as the MTV executives who were in charge of producing the halftime show. Plus, a handful of politicians will weigh in on how inappropriate, televised content landed at the center of the national debate.
On top of all that, Jackson's career was never the same, despite winning five GRAMMYs and being nominated for 26 — while Timberlake remains a bona fide superstar.
What else will the documentary reveal about this quintessential 2000s controversy? Log onto Hulu or turn on FX at 10 p.m. on Nov. 19 to find out.