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Justin Timberlake Under Scrutiny Once Again In Janet Jackson Super Bowl Documentary

Justin Timberlake Under Scrutiny Once Again In Janet Jackson Super Bowl Documentary

The new doc focuses on the 2004 incident, where Justin Timberlake ripped away part of Janet Jackson’s costume

Anish Vij

Anish Vij

Justin Timberlake has come under scrutiny following the infamous Super Bowl incident in Janet Jackson's new documentary. You can watch the trailer for Malfunction: The Dressing Down of Janet Jackson below:

The new doc focuses on the 2004 incident, where Timberlake ripped away part of Jackson's costume, which exposed her breast.

It's believed by some that the incident stunted Janet's career, and although both artists apologised, Timberlake became one of the biggest stars in the world while Jackson was banned from the Grammys that year.

Timberlake said at the time: "I am sorry if anyone was offended by the wardrobe malfunction during the halftime performance at the Super Bowl. It was not intentional and is regrettable."

After the documentary premiered in the US earlier this week, many publications have issued scathing reviews of Timberlake's actions at the Super Bowl.


An article from Slate compared Jackson's incident to that of Britney Spears - it read: "Between Britney and Janet, Justin once skated through controversies that had grievous PR effects on the women around him.

"Fortified by his undeniable musical talent - and make no mistake, he is one of the greatest performers of recent history - Timberlake's boy-next-door identity endured for decades, even in the face of evidence that contradicted it.

"The new reckoning around him feels like a cultural exorcism, a chance to use the boy band vessel to purge ourselves of the evils he now represents to many.

"Timberlake has become the perfect emblem of a bygone era that rewarded guys exactly like him - until it didn't."


Viewers have also taken to Twitter to respond to the documentary:

LADbible have contacted Timberlake's representative for comment.

In an apology on Instagram earlier this year, Timberlake wrote: "I've seen the messages, tags, comments, and concerns and I want to respond.

"I am deeply sorry for the times in my life where my actions contributed to the problem, where I spoke out of turn, or did not speak up for what was right.

"I understand that I fell short in these moments and in many others and benefited from a system that condones misogyny and racism.


"The industry is flawed. It sets men, especially white men, up for success. It's designed this way. As a man in a privileged position, I have to be vocal about this.

"Because of my ignorance, I didn't recognise it for all that it was while it was happening in my own life but I do not want to ever benefit from others being pulled down again.

"I specifically want to apologise to Britney Spears and Janet Jackson both individually, because I care for and respect those women and I know I failed."

Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: Justin Timberlake, Celebrity, Music