Janet Jackson’s ‘Wardrobe Malfunction’ Will Be The Subject Of A New Documentary
Janet Jackson’s infamous Super Bowl Halftime show from 2004 is going to be the subject of a new documentary. The show is infamous for causing a fracas after a big “wardrobe malfunction” when Justin Timberlake ripped her top and exposed her breast.
Left/Right TV, the production company behind the Framing Britney Spears documentary, is working on this documentary, Page Six reports. Framing Britney Spears covered, among other things, her ex- Justin Timberlake’s narrative about their breakup that painted Spears as a cheater and fueled that rumor with his music video for “Cry Me A River,” blaming the end of their relationship solely on her.
40-year-old Timberlake will definitely find himself defending himself once more with the release of the Jackson doc, as the fallout from her NFL wardrobe malfunction is widely believed to have boosted his career (or at least, it didn’t damage it) while harming hers.
A source told the outlet, “It’s going to be all about the fallout and the suits who f—ed over Janet [at] Viacom,” the company that owned MTV (MTV produced the halftime show) and CBS, who broadcast the game. They went on to say, “They’re reaching out to everyone who was involved: dancers, stylists, directors. Everyone.” The film will also cover disgraced former CBS CEO Les Moonves’ widely reported obsession with ruining Jackson’s career.
It’s unclear whether Jackson or Timberlake will participate in the film. The media outlet said it’s unlikely that Jackson will support it since she’s working on her own two-part documentary set to premier on Lifetime and A&E next year.
The source said, “They did the Britney doc without [Spears], and there’s been more interest in the Super Bowl since that documentary premiered and Justin apologized to [both Spears and Jackson recently].”
Timberlake’s Instagram apology read: “I’ve seen the messages, tags, comments, and concerns [on social media] and I want to respond. I am deeply sorry for the times in my life where my actions contributed to the problem, where I spoke out of turn, or did not speak up for what was right. I understand that I fell short in these moments and in many others and benefited from a system that condones misogyny and racism. I specifically want to apologize to Britney Spears and Janet Jackson both individually, because I care for and respect these women and I know I failed. I also feel compelled to respond, in part, because everyone involved deserves better and most importantly, because this is a larger conversation that I wholeheartedly want to be part of and grow from…”
Per the media outlet, Jackson’s former stylist who designed her costume for the Super Bowl, Wayne Scot Lukas, is working on his own book. He recently claimed that Timberlake had encouraged the wardrobe malfunction to compete with Spears.
Scot Lukas said, “He insisted on doing something bigger than [when Spears kissed Madonna at the MTV Video Music Awards]. He wanted a reveal.” Scot Lukas said Timberlake coined the term “wardrobe malfunction,” which he did not agree with, saying “I wouldn’t call it a wardrobe ‘malfunction’ in a million years. It was the most functioning wardrobe in history. As a stylist, it did what it was intended to do.”
Apparently, another source familiar with the halftime show said Scot Lukas’ account of Timberlake was “not true.”