It may come as sort of shock to some, since the last time the pop singer performed on the halftime stage, it caused a tremendous amount of backlash and controversy. In 2004, Timberlake performed alongside Janet Jackson. The duo made that show one to remember after JT accidentally ripped off Jackson’s costume, exposing her bare breast.
The incident, which was later dubbed as the “Nipplegate,” caused quite the stir after it prompted the FCC to institute a five-secon delay on live broadcast. Following the performance, Timberlake and Jackson apologized for the scandal, and it was reported that Jackson had been black-balled from the sports community.
Nevertheless, it seems that 13 years has been enough time for Timberlake to allow the dust to settle. Sports fans, on the other hand, aren’t too happy to hear about the “Rocky Yo Body” artist’s return. They took to Twitter to voice their opinions, and they didn’t hold back. Check out the best reactions below.
Justin Timberlake is welcomed back with open arms by the NFL to perform the SuperBowl but Janet Jackson was blackballed pic.twitter.com/JzbEMHsKwz— Stephanie. (@qsteph) September 27, 2017
Justin Timberlake can perform at the Super Bowl but Janet Jackson is still blacklisted. Talk about white privilege.....— Ᏸecca💅🏿 (@MJStarLover) September 27, 2017
My only problem w/ Justin Timberlake is how he's been able to flourish post-Super Bowl drama & how he never really shared the blame w/ Janet— Khalil (@kbyrd2) September 27, 2017
if justin timberlake performs at the super bowl and doesn't bring out janet and apologize to her, we don't want it https://t.co/gsoxXPQZUR— #BrittanySpanos (@ohheybrittany) September 27, 2017
if Justin Timberlake is actually the super bowl half time performer the entire performance better be one long ass apology to Janet Jackson.— noahilistic (@NOAHKEEN) September 27, 2017
Inviting Justin Timberlake back to the #SuperBowl stage would be an insult to Janet Jackson who got banned after JT exposed her nipple. RT— Benny From The Block (@BlockBenny) September 27, 2017
If Justin Timberlake does Super Bowl halftime, Janet Jackson should get to come out & rip the ass of his pants off.— Caissie St.Onge (@Caissie) September 27, 2017
justin timberlake literally pulled Janet’s titty out on national tv but he’s invited back to the Super Bowl and she’s not— Jay (@blemforeaIs) September 27, 2017