Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake’s infamous 2004 Super Bowl Halftime Show scandal is being re-examined in a new documentary series that shows there are still questions about what went wrong.
“The New York Times Presents” released its latest documentary, “Malfunction: The Dressing Down of Janet Jackson” Friday on Hulu and FX, which focused on what remained of the most talked about Super Bowl performances to date.
The “malfunction” occurred at the end of Jackson’s performance when Timberlake joined her on stage. It wasn’t until Timberlake sang his last line – “I’ll make you naked by the end of this song” – when he pulled off a piece of Jackson’s clothing and exposed one of her breasts on live TV.
The documentary covered the mistreatment Jackson received after the scandal and how Timberlake walked away from the seemingly unscathed controversy. However, she also brought up the idea that Jackson or a member of her crew planned the stunt.
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Sally Frattini, the vice president of MTV who worked on planning the first half show, said in the document that Jackson “didn’t say anything” to her team about the incident after the accident. Instead, Jackson left shortly after the performance.
“Here we are trying to ask the person to whom this happened because this happened to her, and she was gone,” said Frattini. “Then we looked for Justin. We pulled him sideways one by one. He was saying, ‘This was never supposed to happen.'” I was told you guys knew. He was very apologetic.
Another person interviewed on the docuseries claimed that Jackson looked “stunned” right after the performance.
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The movie also touched on previous reports that Jackson’s stylist may have gone last-minute shopping to change her wardrobe for a performance before the big day.
“What was reported is that after the rehearsal of the first half show the next day, he went out shopping alone and reported that he spent a lot of time in local tailoring, we don’t know what was going on there but obviously some wardrobe tweaks,” he said. One of the shareholders.
According to Frattini, Timberlake met Jackson and her stylist before they both took to the stage. “I remember talking to him, ‘Are you totally ready?'” Do you have any questions? “There was an endeavor from him to speak to stylist Janet. We, as producers, weren’t in the room. Nobody was in the room. There was a small conversation that lasted minutes in her dressing room. Justin came out, everyone went to get ready to start their poses.”
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The film did not end with any real answers from those who were at the center of the controversy, including Jackson, Timberlake, CBS Chairman and former CEO Les Moonves. Jackson’s designer was also not involved.
After the controversy, Jackson issued several apologetic statements about the scandal.
“The decision to reveal Zee was made at the end of my show at the end of the first half after the final rehearsals… MTV wasn’t aware of it. It wasn’t my intention to go any further. I apologize to anyone who offended, including the public and MTV and CBS and NFL”.
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Jackson is expected to tell her story in another documentary due to be released in January 2022 by A&E and Lifetime called “JANET”.
Representatives for Jackson and Timberlake did not immediately respond to a Fox News request for comment on the “New York Times Presents” documentary.