The production studio behind February’s earth-shaking documentary Framing Britney Spears, which detailed the beloved pop star’s conservatorship and hounding by the tabloid media, have announced their next project. This time, they’ll be taking up the case of Janet Jackson’s 2004 Super Bowl halftime “wardrobe malfunction.”
During that infamous performance, Jackson’s breast was exposed to more than 100 million viewers when Justin Timberlake tore off her leather bustier at the climax of “Rock Your Body,” after which both claimed the incident had been an accident. While Timberlake continued his rise from boy band junior Ken Doll to grown man superstar in the ensuing years, Jackson’s career began to crater—an injustice that the filmmakers say they intend to rectify.
“It’s going to be all about the fallout and the suits who fucked over Janet [at] Viacom,” as well as Super Bowl broadcaster CBS, a source tells the New York Post. “They’re reaching out to everyone who was involved: dancers, stylists, directors. Everyone.”
Jackson and Spears were victims of industry misogyny under different circumstances–but the two women have Timberlake in common.
Framing Britney painted Timberlake as one of the villains in Spears’s story for, among other things, accusing her of ending their romantic coupling, both in the press and in his song “Cry Me a River.” In the wake of the film, Timberlake offered a public apology for treating Spears shabbily and using her as an early career prop.
He included Jackson in that Instagram mea culpa as well, writing that he “benefitted from a system that condones misogyny and racism,” and adding, “I know I failed.”
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