If you saw the news that Justin Timberlake will perform at this year’s Super Bowl halftime show and reacted with rage — you were not alone.
When the NFL made the official announcement, folks were not pleased. Angry tweets started filling up Twitter and the hashtag #JusticeforJanet spread like wildfire.
In case you’ve been living under a rock for the last 13 years, let us give you some context.
Back in 2004, Justin Timberlake performed alongside Janet Jackson for an, um, unforgettable Super Bowl halftime performance. After singing “Rock Your Body” together, Justin ripped off Janet’s top, revealing her nipple. And thus #NippleGate was born.
Although they apologized, they never really explained the incident. Some said it was a wardrobe malfunction, but it’s undeniable that Justin clearly pulled on her costume — and pulled hard.
The weird thing? Janet was blamed completely for the episode. Because it was her nipple, it was supposedly her fault. Yeah, Justin walked away scot-free. Ah, white male privilege.
Janet was supposedly banned from the NFL (although they released a statement this morning asserting the contrary) and the event has lived on in pop culture history.
Flashforward to 13 years later and that same white male privilege is rearing its ugly head. Yes, Justin Timberlake will headline the 2018 halftime show.
And that leads us back to the angry tweets…
— Cameron Love (@cam_love_) October 23, 2017
— i’m rich, homie (@missbushwick) October 23, 2017
Justin Timberlake being welcomed back to the Super Bowl with open arms is the definition of white privilege. #JusticeforJanet
— Katy Clark (@AllEyesOnKaty) October 23, 2017
This is misogyny and white privileged at work ladies. I’m not worried cause majority isn’t here for it #JusticeForJanet
— ً (@LuxxSOCIAL) October 23, 2017
— dayg715 (@dayg715) October 23, 2017
I’d like to summon “Thriller” MJ or “Ghost” MJ to haunt Justin Timbertwatt until he turns down the Superbowl offer again. #JusticeForJanet
— ¥ung Tsjernobyl tbh (@FallOutDough) October 23, 2017
Got to be honest here — these tweets are spot on. If Janet cannot be asked back, despite her amazing talent, then why should Justin? Not to mention that Justin is not the least bit relevant. He hasn’t released a new album since 2013 (The 20/20 Experience) and has pretty much kept out of the public eye since becoming a dad.
He’s not old enough to be a legend and he’s too old to be cool. Sorry Justin, but between your white privilege and your lack of status, you have no place on that halftime show stage. Boy bye.
Lena Finkel is the Editor and Founder of Femestella. Prior to starting Femestella, she worked at People, InStyle, and Tiger Beat. Her favorite Housewife is Bethenny Frankel and when she’s not watching RHONY, you can probably find her obsessing over her tuxedo cat Tom or hoarding drugstore lipsticks.