Oh… something very interesting and kind of subtle just happened.
In case you missed it, 14 years ago Timberlake and Jackson performed together during the Super Bowl and things didn’t go exactly to plan.
While appearing on stage with Jackson, Timberlake sang the lyrics to “Rock Your Body” that go “I’m gonna have you naked by the end of this song” as he accidentally tore off more of Jackson’s wardrobe than he intended.
As in, there was full boob on stage.
Jackson was widely criticised for the performance even though she was just the unfortunate woman who had her boob exposed to a packed stadium… and the rest of the world.
And while Timberlake was invited back to perform at the Super Bowl, Jackson was not.
In the lead up to this year’s performance Timberlake hinted that he was “doing a few things with this halftime show they’ve never quite done before”.
And he seems like he delivered on that promise… kind of.
Right at the top of his performance he brought back the song that got him into trouble all those years ago sans boobs.
Timberlake sang the song again and abruptly halted and shouted “STOP!” right before those infamous boob-exposing lyrics.
So yeah, probably not enough but something.
In the last few days the hashtag #JanetJacksonAppreciationDay has been trending with fans showing their support to Jackson – and kind of having a not-so-subtle dig at Timberlake.
Stoked to see JT perform the halftime show. Though to be fair, it would be even better if Janet Jackson were there. Ya know. To rip his shirt off and accidentally ruin his career. #JanetJacksonAppreciationDay
— Briana Buckmaster (@OfficialBrianaB) February 4, 2018
Just a reminder that Timberlake’s career did not suffer and Janet Jackson’s was derailed. #JanetJacksonAppreciationDay
— Christine Nangle (@nanglish) February 5, 2018