Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake’s notorious 2004 Super Bowl Halftime Show scandal is being reexamined in a brand new docuseries that exhibits there are nonetheless lingering questions on what went flawed.

“The New York Times Presents” launched its newest documentary, “Malfunction: The Dressing Down of Janet Jackson,” Friday on Hulu and FX, which zeroed in on what stays one of the vital talked about Super Bowl performances thus far. 

The “malfunction” occurred on the very finish of Jackson’s efficiency when Timberlake joined her onstage. It wasn’t till Timberlake sang his final line — “I’m gonna have you naked by the end of this song” — when he pulled again a chunk of Jackson’s outfit and uncovered considered one of her breasts on live tv. 

The documentary lined the mistreatment Jackson obtained after the scandal and the way Timberlake walked away from the controversy seemingly unscathed.  However, it additionally floated the concept Jackson or a member of her workers deliberate the stunt.


Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake perform during the halftime show at the 2004 Super Bowl.

Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake carry out throughout the halftime present on the 2004 Super Bowl.
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Salli Frattini, a senior vp for MTV who labored on the planning for the halftime present, mentioned in the doc that Jackson “never said anything” to her crew in regards to the mishap after the very fact. Instead, Jackson left shortly after the efficiency.

“Here we are trying to ask the person that this has happened to because this happened to her, and she was gone,” Frattini mentioned. “Then we sought out Justin. We pulled him aside one to one. He was like, ‘That was never meant to happen.’ I was told you guys knew. He was very apologetic. He manned up.”

Another individual interviewed for the docuseries claimed Jackson appeared “distraught” instantly after the efficiency.


Janet Jackson apologized for the 2004 wardrobe malfunction but was ultimately blacklisted by CBS and MTV.

Janet Jackson apologized for the 2004 wardrobe malfunction however was finally blacklisted by CBS and MTV.

The movie additionally touched on earlier reviews that Jackson’s stylist might have went procuring on the final minute to alter her wardrobe for the efficiency earlier than the large day. 

“What’s been reported is that after the rehearsal for the halftime show the next day, he went out shopping on his own and reporting shows he spent a lot of time at a local tailor, and we don’t know what it was that was being worked on there but clearly some of the wardrobe was being adjusted,” one contributor mentioned.

According to Frattini, Timberlake met with Jackson and her stylist previous to the 2 happening stage. “I remember speaking with him, ‘Are you all set? Do you have any questions?’ There was a quest for him to speak to Janet, her stylist. We as the producers, we weren’t in the room. Nobody was in the room. There was a small conversation that lasted minutes in her dressing room. Justin came out, everyone went off to get in their ready, start positions.”

The movie didn’t finish with any true solutions from these on the heart of the controversy, together with Jackson, Timberlake and former CBS chairman and CEO Les Moonves. Jackson’s stylist additionally didn’t take part. 

Janet Jackson appeared "distraught" after her breast was exposed on television, one contributor in the docuseries said.

Janet Jackson appeared “distraught” after her breast was uncovered on tv, one contributor in the docuseries mentioned.
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After the controversy, Jackson launched a number of apologetic statements in regards to the scandal.

“The decision to have a costume reveal at the end of my halftime show performance was made after final rehearsals … MTV was completely unaware of it. It was not my intention that it go as far as it did. I apologize to anyone offended, including the audience, MTV, CBS and the NFL,” she initially mentioned.

Jackson is anticipated to inform her story in one other documentary scheduled to be launched in January 2022 by A&E and Lifetime titled “JANET.” 

Representatives for Jackson and Timberlake didn’t instantly return Fox News’ request for remark in regards to the “New York Times Presents” documentary.