‘Malfunction: The Dressing Down of Janet Jackson’
Producer/Director Jodi Gomes
Reporter/Senior Producer Rachel Abrams
Reporter Alan Gentle
Watch our new documentary, which is streaming on FX and Hulu.
The time period “wardrobe malfunction” has been a part of our vocabulary ever since Janet Jackson’s proper breast made a shock look on the finish of the 2004 Tremendous Bowl halftime present.
When Justin Timberlake tore off a part of Jackson’s bustier in entrance of 70,000 individuals in Houston’s Reliant Stadium, over 140 million individuals watching on TV gasped — in the event that they seen.
It occurred so rapidly (the second lasted nine-sixteenths of 1 second) that even a few of the halftime present’s producers missed it till their telephones, and telephones throughout America, began ringing.
“Did you see what simply occurred?” Jim Steeg, the Nationwide Soccer League’s director of particular occasions, requested Salli Frattini, the MTV govt in control of the halftime present. She needed to rewind the tape to make sure.
“We appeared on the close-up shot. We appeared on the extensive shot, and all of us stood there in shock,” Frattini recalled in a brand new documentary by The New York Occasions.
Was it an accident? Was it deliberate? Was it a stunt?
The following uproar — from the N.F.L., from the Federal Communications Fee, from politicians and their allies — was the height of a nationwide debate on the time over what’s acceptable on America’s airwaves, and who will get to determine.
In our documentary, which premiered final Friday and is now streaming on FX and Hulu, we hear from the previous commissioner of the N.F.L., Paul Tagliabue, and the MTV executives who have been in control of producing the halftime present. And we speak to a few of the politicians who seized on the second to attempt to rein in content material that they deemed inappropriate.
We additionally look again at Jackson’s lengthy profession, which by no means appeared to get better, whereas Timberlake’s soared. And we think about how problems with race and sexism blended to eat one celebrity’s legacy and propel one other’s profession to the following degree.
Supervising Producer Liz Day
Producers Fred Charleston, Jr., Anthony McLemore, Timothy Moran
Co-Producer Melanie Bencosme
Director of Pictures Asad Faruqi
Video Editor Geoff O’Brien
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