THE MOST EXPENSIVE TITTY WE DIDN’T SEE

THE MOST EXPENSIVE TITTY WE DIDN'T SEE

It has been 10 years , 10 years since America had a mild coronary over a breast , and a black breast too on National television and since Janet Jackson realised her TIT valued more than her music. The TIT that no one saw created a firestorm bigger than the after effects of 911.

I will not relive this apocalypse. In a country that prides itself on freedom of expression the rest of the world could not quite put its finger on the problem, especially when no one really saw the ‘nipple’ but all it took was the carnivore of media to grit their teeth and open their jaws to take a bite of what was then the most important news story ,especially when the USA was planning to send thousand of troops to war. Nipple or War which is more important? Go figure.

You can see from the grocery list of shock and awe, courtesy of Jamari Fox, the result when everyone takes part in the feeding frenzy. No event, not even 911 had such a cultural change in the way the US and their networks view and produce live television. Ten years later you have in comparison what can be deemed lewd and PG rated performances and you ask the question has times changed that much or was all this the lynching of a black artiste, a female black artiste?

Janet Jackson comes from a good and popular pedigree of famous people in show business so who she was at the time mattered. The question to be asked was why Janet? She was riding the charts at the time. She and boy toy Timberlake were the 2 hottest pop stars then , why her and not him? His career took off , hers somewhat came to a halt. Could all of this happen as a result of the type of administration in the White House at the time so the “War on Women”was really an extension of their policies? Those questions were asked but never really answered. Ten years later we have seen the twerking of the Cyruses, the bleeps and expletives of many hip hop artiste , the sexual Beyonces, the luscious Rhi Rhi , gay marriages , the provocative Gaga and so many more #Not Made for Grandma TV on mainstream media that they make Janet’s nipple seems like a mom breast feeding her child and even that image by a supermodel had a lot of people crying “‘off with her head’. Freedom of Expression is alive and well 10 years later it seems.

Forget the hype and the commentary that “times have changed” coming from certain quarters who would attempt to answer the unanswered questions. It seems hypocritical that America, the land of the free and the bastion of freedom of speech and expression should want to censor something that no one saw and what became the personal gripe of a few. For jackson to be demonised and Timberlake to walk scotch free shows the greatest country on planet Earth is still a testosterone driven country that still appreciates its women where they belong and that is 5 steps behind the man and certainly covered to the neck.

Whatever happened in the performance between Jackson/Timberlake , whether it was a “wardrobe malfunction”, if you can explain that to me you are welcome, or a pre-determined move, wondering minds will never know. What is certainly clear is that the bru hah hah that resulted was nothing more than politics flexing its muscle at the time on pop culture , hoping to control its synergy but instead opening up its birth canal to a slew of sexual lifestyle that in the end only separates the generations and also reminds the industry who holds the purse with the cash.

The aftermath of ‘Nipple-Gate” . Makes 911 looks like a birthday party gone wrong.

1. MTV was banned from ever taking part in another Super Bowl Halftime Show.
2. Nipplegate broke the record for most searched event over one day.
3. Janet Jackson became the most searched person and term of 2004.
4. In 2007, Jackson set the Guinness World Record for “most searched in Internet history” and “most searched news item.”
5. CBS was fined a record $550,000 for the incident. The fine was ultimately voided in 2011.
6. The FCC increased the fine per indecency violation from $27,500 to $325,000.
7. Profanity fines were increased across broadcasting.
8. YouTube creator Jawed Karim said the infamous halftime show inspired him to create the video-sharing site, since he had trouble finding the clip online.
9. The snippet broke the record for TiVo’s most watched, recorded and replayed TV moment.
10. The moment also led to 35,000 new subscribers for TiVo.
11. The split-second reveal helped to enforce the power of the GIF.
12. In a Nielson study of television’s most impactful moments, Nipplegate was the only Super Bowl event to make the list, ranking 26th.
13. Jewelry and piercing stores reported an increase in the number of people looking for silver, sunburst-shaped nipple rings.
14. Jackson’s slip created the term “wardrobe malfunction,” which entered the dictionary in 2008.
15. Sales of Timberlake’s album Justified spiked in the week following the halftime show
16. MTV, Clear Channel Communications and Infinity Broadcasting blacklisted Jackson as a result of the show, ignoring songs and music videos from her three following albums on their radio stations and TV channels.
17. Jackson’s three albums following the incident did not have the same success on the charts.
18. Viacom, the owner of MTV, paid out $3.5 million in settlements for indecency complaints related to the halftime show.
19. The FCC received 540,000 complaints about the incident.
20. Other artists with sexually suggestive songs were censored, such as JC Chasez, who was prohibited from performing in the Pro Bowl half-time show.
21. The 2004 NBA All-Star Game suggested Beyoncé tone down her halftime performance of “Naughty Girl.”
2. The broadcast delays on the Grammys and Academy Awards of 2004 were increased.
23. Television networks had their shows, including Howard Stern, play it safe with content for the rest of the year.
24. Victoria Secret canceled its 2004 televised fashion show.
5. A crackdown on the sex scenes in daytime soap operas followed the incident.
26. ABC scrapped a planned uncut airing of Saving Private Ryan for Veterans Day that year due to fears the language would offend viewers.
27. MTV’s 2004 hour-long documentary Making the Super Bowl Halftime Show was never aired.
28. Female performers were absent from Super Bowl halftime shows until the Black Eyed Peas, including singer Fergie, performed in 2011.
29. A Mickey Mouse statue wearing a Rhythm Nation T-shirt mounted at Disney World was taken down.
30. Jackson was forced to resign from a movie project with ABC, where she was to play singer Lena Horne
31. The incident and resulting fallout led to a distancing between Timberlake and Jackson, who had assisted Timberlake with his solo career.
32. Jackson was nixed from attending the 2004 Grammys, which occurred several days after the Super Bowl, even though she was scheduled as a presenter.
33. Timberlake received little punishment in response to Nipplegate and was allowed to perform at the 2004 Grammys.

 

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