Superbowl Wardrobe Malfunction 10 Year Anniversary
Published By: Tara ClemFebruary 2, 2014
Feb. 1, 2014 marks the Superbowl Wardrobe Malfunction 10 year anniversary of Janet Jackson’s nipple. The moment that literally changed TV, Radio and so many other mediums in America. Not only did the Superbowl wardrobe malfunction shock and awe, but it actually created a new dictionary term we use today, “wardrobe malfunction”.
Do you remember where you were during the half time show for the 2004 Superbowl? Who could forget the Janet Jackson, Justin Timberlake sexually charged performance, right? Well the Superbowl Wardrobe Malfunction 10 year anniversary is gone but not forgotten.
For the first time in Superbowl history, the Superbowl Wardrobe Malfunction launched a half-million complaints to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and led to a Congressional Hearing….all over a slip of the nip. Do you think as American’s, we are too sensitive? Do you think Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake planned it, and that we over reacted?
Regardless of what everyone thinks, now that it’s the Superbowl Wardrobe Malfunction 10 year anniversary, we know for certain alot of things have changed for us TV Viewers.
By definition, Dictionary.com lists a “wardrobe malfunction” as “an embarrassing situation caused by the clothes a person is wearing.” But what about the wardrobe malfunction as a concept, as an accidental (or deliberate) means to obtain relevancy? But reflecting back on the Superbowl Wardrobe Malfunction 10 year anniversary, we can thank Miss Jackson (if you’re nasty) and JT for this amazing term we all know and love.
Since the infamous Janet Jackson nip slip wardrobe malfunction, Superbowl half time shows have been tamed down, but still controversial. Superbowl Halftime Shows still lead to angry phone calls. We all know you can’t make everyone happy! In 2005, the FCC reported receiving two viewer complaints that Paul McCartney’s set was boring….really, people complained about a show being boring after the wardrobe malfunction the previous year? But in 2012, the FCC reported logging “200 plus” complaints, many about M.I.A.’s extended middle finger during her appearance alongside Madonna. (The NFL has sought to make M.I.A. pay $1.5 million for failing to make good on a “wholesomeness” agreement”.
So reflecting back on the Superbowl Wardrobe Malfunction 10 year anniversary, halftime performers have to sign a “wholesomeness agreement” with the NFL that their performance will be clean. There is also the new dictionary term “wardrobe malfunction. And last but not least, we all look at Janet Jackson a little differently now.
Do you think the Superbowl 2014 Halftime Show with Bruno Mars will be exciting, edgy, or boring? Regardless, nothing can top the Superbowl Wardrobe Malfunction of 2004….period.