The 2004 debacle receives a deep dive courtesy of a Hulu documentary, titled ‘Malfunction: The Dressing Down of Janet Jackson’ — which discusses what happened before, during and especially after JJ’s breast was exposed on live TV during the Halftime Show.
The one-hour special doesn’t shed much definitive light on how exactly the snafu came to pass — other than alluding to a secret convo allegedly had between JT and Janet’s stylist in her dressing room before the show — but the fallout is certainly front and center.
In the aftermath of the embarrassing moment, different people who say they were in the know back then claim the then-top dog at CBS, Moonves, actually demanded a face-to-face apology from both Justin and Janet … implying if they didn’t, there’d be trouble.
Reporters who were covering the story at the time say Justin actually stopped by CBS’s L.A. office and did exactly that … metaphorically “kissing the ring,” as these folks describe. Janet, however, apparently refused to bend the knee … and rebuffed Moonves’ alleged demand.
The way they explain it … Moonves was supposedly furious over what had happened, and deeply embarrassed — so much so, in fact, the documentary suggests he was working behind the scenes to torpedo Janet’s career going forward. Meanwhile, JT’s career flourished.https://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/?enablejsapi=1&origin=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.tmz.com&widgetid=1
The doc also looks at how the media handled things … and it’s clear, Janet became the butt of a running joke that lasted a good while — one she couldn’t escape, and which some talking heads say was a misogynistic, sexist and racist double standard being applied to her.
By the end of it, JT and Moonves are painted as the villains from this saga. We’ll say less on LM — who ended up leaving CBS in disgrace — but for Justin’s part … he has apologized for the 2004 moment many times, including just earlier this year in a fresh statement.