We watched the Super Bowl – who didn’t – and were paying a fair amount of attention to the halftime show, but never even had a hint that anything “peculiar” had happened until I ran downstairs and did a quick check of Blogcritics. We were getting 5,000 visitors an hour. This was noteworthy. The Janet Boob Bomb had hit. The fallout continues to reverberate through the media, the political sphere, and has forced a discussion on the state of the culture:
WARNING: Several of the stories below include images of near-nudity, or link to images of near-nudity (on the other hand, if you haven’t seen the Janet footage by now, welcome back from Mars!):
Super Bowl stunt: But what about the bling bling?
“Boobs conquer everything from the networks to the media to corporate America.”
Posted in Blogcritics on February 13, 2004 10:24 AM
Janet tit-storm now moves to Capitol Hill
“Janet Jackson’s Super Bowl exposure was ‘a new low for prime- time television,’ the government’s chief broadcast regulator told lawmakers Wednesday. The Super Bowl halftime show featured a duet by Jackson and Justin Timberlake that ended with Timberlake tearing off…
Posted in Blogcritics on February 13, 2004 09:13 AM
Hearing My Money Whisked Away
If everyone is done giving their Oscar caliber performances in Washington, I would be willing to say we have all had enough. You are wasting everyone’s time and a whole bunch of taxpayer’s money. Yesterday there was a meeting in…
Posted in Blogcritics on February 13, 2004 09:04 AM
Senate and House Broadcast Indecency Hearings
Yesterday’s Senate and House broadcast indecency hearings saw the usual grandstanding and puffery, but the problem is real: At a Senate Commerce Committee hearing, chairman John McCain, R-Ariz., urged cable and satellite companies to offer viewers the ability to pick…
Posted in Blogcritics on February 12, 2004 11:57 AM
Snip-Snip Here, Snip-Snip There – Network Censors Get Busy
The Oscars are imposing a five-second delay for the first time, the Grammys had a five-minute delay, and the networks are scrutinizing their shows as they haven’t in years: As executives from Viacom Inc. and the NFL head to Washington…
Posted in Blogcritics on February 11, 2004 04:26 PM
Oscars: Five-Second Delay “Censorship”?
A five-second delay in the Oscar broadcast has the Academy up in arms. The Grammys had a five-MINUTE delay and got a sterile show as a result: Oscar president Frank Pierson has attacked a planned five-second delay on the TV…
Posted in Blogcritics on February 11, 2004 03:41 PM
Keeping aBreast of the Janet Jackson row
CMU reports: A survey by Billboard found that 65% of people reckon Janet Jackson’s breast-revealing routine at the Superbowl was intentional – with only 35% accepting the incident was a complete or partial accident. The majority seemed to think the…
Posted in Blogcritics on February 11, 2004 07:15 AM
Lawsuit Against Jackson and Co. Dropped
Mac Diva is on a roll: she called a spade a spade here, as it were, and predicted the attempted class action suit against Janet Jackson (and enablers) would not get very far. She was again correct: Less than a…
Posted in Blogcritics on February 10, 2004 04:24 PM
Nipple Shields, the product, not the former child star, will be destined to replace the thong, which should be done every 3,000 miles anyway.
Posted in Blogcritics on February 10, 2004 09:25 AM
Hershey Kisses – Beauty and the Breast
In our home, “the chocolate maidens,” as Eric affectionately phrased the divas, are appreciated for their many comely attributes, both personally aesthetic and musical, but rarely, until now, had the distinction of their color come into play.
Posted in Blogcritics on February 9, 2004 01:49 PM
GRAMMY – Janet’s Breast Eats Awards Show
I had a good time watching the Grammys last night – I will do a detailed recap later – but I had a weird feeling throughout the show that something was missing. I slept on it for about four hours…
Posted in Blogcritics on February 9, 2004 11:41 AM
How absolute IS “free speech?”
By rights, we should try to rely on the whole structure of social norms and general opinion to rope in most of the worst end of behavior.
Posted in Blogcritics on February 8, 2004 05:48 AM
Selling a Home To Janet Jackson’s Breast
Now that Janet Jackson’s exposed breast has hit the big time with its exposure during the Super Bowl, it’s time for it to take that next step in achieving the American Dream.
Posted in Blogcritics on February 7, 2004 08:39 PM
Fallout follows Super Bowl stunt
The lawsuit is such a grab bag of failures to state a valid claim that I expect it to be dismissed at first glance.
Posted in Blogcritics on February 7, 2004 08:12 PM
Milking Janet Jackson
Editor’s note: we are very excited to have Dave Pell join Blogcritics – this post originally appeared here. One of the downsides to writing a weekly column that comes out on Thursdays is that, sometimes, it is almost impossible to…
Posted in Blogcritics on February 7, 2004 12:50 PM
Janet boob stunt most popular Internet search ever
Janet Jackson’s near-baring of her breast at the Super Bowl might be the most searched event in the history of the Internet, search site Lycos said. Meanwhile, a paid streaker was a success for the dot-com company he advertised for,…
Posted in Blogcritics on February 6, 2004 09:12 PM
!@#$ JANET JACKSON’S NIPPLE!!!
This I hope is going to be the last thing I am going to say about Janet Jackson’s goddamned titty. First off, all you Americans who are bitching and complaining about it should really be fXXXing ashamed of yourselves. The…
Posted in Blogcritics on February 6, 2004 06:08 PM
Janet Jackson will miss Grammys
Janet Jackson will miss Grammys Are you as fed up with the Janet Jackson debacle as yours truly? Well there may be justice after all because Janet has been kicked out of the Grammys this year and that’s not all….
Posted in Blogcritics on February 6, 2004 05:08 PM
Woman Injured By Janet’s Boob – And Sues
Terri Carlin of Knoxville, Tennessee has filed a lawsuit against Viacom, CBS, MTV, Janet Jackson, and Justin Timberlake “on behalf of all Americans who watched the Super Bowl,” blaming Jackson and Timberlake for causing her and millions of other…
Posted in Blogcritics on February 6, 2004 04:46 PM
Should Janet Jackson et al be punished?
How exactly in principle is this different from Chester the Molester flashing children in the park?
Posted in Blogcritics on February 6, 2004 02:13 PM
The American Way: Janet Jackson et al Sued For Flash
The Smoking Gun has the details on the first known lawsuit filed in connection with the Great Super Bowl Flash of 2004: A Tennessee woman yesterday filed a proposed class action lawsuit “on behalf of all Americans” who watched the…
Posted in Blogcritics on February 6, 2004 11:59 AM
More on Janet Jackson’s nipple event
CMU reports: Firstly Janet Jackson has responded to rumours TV executives were still pushing for her to be axed from this weekend’s Grammys by getting in their first and pulling out of the show. The singer’s publicist yesterday told reporters:…
Posted in Blogcritics on February 6, 2004 08:12 AM
Boob Makes Net History
Janet Jackson’s breast has become the most searched-for image in net history. To this I reply, “No shit.” Search engines reported a big jump in searches for terms such as Janet Jackson and Super Bowl, as people turn to the…
Posted in Blogcritics on February 5, 2004 05:26 PM
The Far-Flung Reach of Janet Jackson
Just when you thought it was safe to go out and not be accosted by Janet Jackson posts….
Posted in Blogcritics on February 5, 2004 05:06 PM
The Flood and Bloghosts
As our writers know, I have been very pleased and even proud of our progress as a site, developing a very steady and dependable readership of about 10,000 people in the course of our first year-and-a-half. Part of that success…
Posted in Blogcritics on February 5, 2004 03:13 PM
Janet Jackson Booted from Grammys, and Other Fallout
Janet Jackson has been removed from the Grammy show Sunday night: Sources tell ET that Miss Jackson was scheduled to present the tribute to LUTHER VANDROSS, but since Luther is unable to attend the event due to his health, Jackson…
Posted in Blogcritics on February 5, 2004 09:30 AM
First Janet Jackson naked now Rotten swears on prime time TV
Janet Jackson only needs to flash her breast to get America outraged, at least John Lydon has to shout “fucking cunts” to secure a few complaints. Despite issuing an apology for Lydon’s comments on a live segment of ‘I’m A…
Posted in Blogcritics on February 5, 2004 08:14 AM
Too HOT for the Super Bowl!
As part of his long running AIDS awareness campaign, Bono had a little piece put together to insert into the halftime show.
Posted in Blogcritics on February 5, 2004 03:26 AM
Janet Jackson’s Super Bowl POW Video Apology
She set up a cheap, noisy VHS looking shot, like some POW being forced to ritually denounce her country. She looks like she’s sitting there at gunpoint hoping not to get shot.
Posted in Blogcritics on February 5, 2004 01:18 AM
A Take on Janet You Might Not Have Heard
Due to network interruptions, I quit streaming the normal stations I listen to during the work day and flipped on the AM Radio I keep in my office. Rush was on, and as I keep a radio on for mostly…
Posted in Blogcritics on February 4, 2004 03:28 PM
Justin Timberlake may be a co-conspirator and unreconstructed hooter snatcher, but he sure is funny: “wardrobe malfunction.” USA Today has a roundup of similar malfunctions: * An admitted owner of two left feet, President Bush tried to take daughter Jenna…
Posted in Blogcritics on February 4, 2004 03:06 PM
Spike Lee, VFW, Michael Powell: More Super Bowl Bitching
The VFW is pissed about Kid Rock wearing an American flag as a poncho in the Super Bowl halftime show: The VFW is upset that media outlets are ignoring the poncho Rock wore during the Super Bowl halftime show, which…
Posted in Blogcritics on February 4, 2004 12:25 PM
MTV and CBS’ breastacular going to backfire?
“It has come to this: the Federal Communications Commission has announced that it plans an investigation into the exposure of Janet Jackson’s right breast during the Super Bowl halftime show. ‘That celebration was tainted by a classless, crass and deplorable…
Posted in Blogcritics on February 4, 2004 10:03 AM
My favorite Australian-born TV critic once wrote: “What the junk journalist doesn’t realise — or does realise, and waxes more aggressive so as to shout down his vestigial conscience — is that he’s not really a party to the star’s…
Posted in Straight Up on February 4, 2004 09:56 AM
Janet Jackson exposed…on purpose
CMU reports: Elsewhere in the Jackson family – more on the whole Justin Janet Superbowl Scandal (to coin a phrase). Latest word from Janet’s people is that while the duo did include a last minute ‘garment tear’ into their routine,…
Posted in Blogcritics on February 4, 2004 07:16 AM
Superbowl: Television at its worstest
Zach Baker regrets every second he spent watching the Superbowl and all its accompanying “entertainment.”
Posted in Blogcritics on February 4, 2004 12:22 AM
Condi Out, Jaxi In
In a shocking move, the White House announced the abrupt resignation of National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice and named her successor, controversial Super Bowl flasher Janet Jackson, whose recent antics bewildered America.
Posted in Blogcritics on February 4, 2004 12:19 AM
A breast is a breast?
The world is all a-titter about the exposure of Janet Jackson’s breast during the Super Bowl halftime show yesterday. In fact, the FCC is starting an investigation immediately (it took how long to get investigations started into the 9/11 attacks…
Posted in Blogcritics on February 3, 2004 11:15 PM
Janet Jackson’s Boob, Part III: I Want to See More Male Genitals
Content of an adult subject manner. Risqué photos. You must be over 18 to view.
Posted in Blogcritics on February 3, 2004 09:20 PM
MTV Blames Janet Jackson for Breast Flip Flop
According to the head of MTV, Janet Jackson masterminded the Super Bowl halftime stunt that left her right breast exposed and prompted a federal probe into television indecency. “Janet Jackson engineered it,” MTV Chief Executive Tom Freston told Reuters in…
Posted in Blogcritics on February 3, 2004 07:15 PM
Final Word on the Super (Toilet) Bowl
I must preface my remarks with a confession: I didn’t watch the Superbowl on Sunday. I missed out on the only shared cultural moment left in our society because I WAS READING A BOOK. That’s my frumpy form of protest,…
Posted in Blogcritics on February 3, 2004 04:52 PM
This whole Janet Jackson Superbowl Exposure thing is just entirely too laughable.
Posted in Blogcritics on February 3, 2004 04:51 PM
Hello? Janet Jackson Who?
I’m calling from Israel and I’m really upset. Eric, how could you give my phone number to that Janet Jackson? Excuse me, but you were invading my privacy, and I’ve been trusting you all along! She’s impossible, calls every second…
Posted in Blogcritics on February 3, 2004 03:50 PM
What Really Matters in the Rhythm Nation
People of the world today, are you looking for a better way of life? Think about something other than Janet Jackson’s breasts. (Gonna get you informed by the end of this post…)
Posted in Blogcritics on February 3, 2004 03:50 PM
FCC Wants to Nail CBS for Janet Jackson Incident
FCC Chairman Michael Powell had some choice words regarding the MTV-produced halftime show where the world got to see Janet Jackson’s right breast. Powell says the FCC will have an inquiry which may result in large fines against CBS. …
Posted in Blogcritics on February 3, 2004 02:13 PM
A Bare Breast Isn’t a Crisis
A quarter of a million people came to Blogcritics yesterday to read other people’s opinions on Janet Jackson’s boob, huh? Isn’t that amazing? I thought the flashing stunt was inappropriate for the occasion, and the way it was performed, as…
Posted in Blogcritics on February 3, 2004 12:36 PM
The Super Bowl Boob-o-Rama
The dust is still flying over the Super Bowl Boob-o-Rama. Garment malfunction seems to be to blame for this one. Supposedly, the outer layer of the outfit was supposed to come off, revealing Janet’s red bra. It’s known that…
Posted in Blogcritics on February 3, 2004 12:35 PM
Sense of Proportion, Anyone?
Which is more important? Janet Jackson’s tits or an attack on the Capitol of the USA?
Posted in Blogcritics on February 3, 2004 12:29 PM
Janet wasn’t the most “offensive” thing
Yes, exposing a breast during the middle of the world’s biggest TV event is probably not a very family-friendly thing to do, but was that half-second shot of a surgically-enhanced breast the most “offensive” thing shown Sunday?
Posted in Blogcritics on February 3, 2004 10:46 AM
A breast of fresh attention for Janet
And what happens when one is seen at the Super Bowl halftime show? Well, everyone pretty much freaks out. I am not sure whether the outcry is hysterical funny or completely bloody pathetic. I quite honestly am leaning towards the latter….
Posted in Blogcritics on February 3, 2004 10:39 AM
From the Maximum Leader’s bonkers budget to chemical terrorism in Washington, the news is too depressing today. So here, for what they’re worth, are laughs from Lara. I don’t know who Lara is. She’s just a forwarding agent. But I…
Posted in Straight Up on February 3, 2004 10:32 AM
Jackson apologizes, Powell fumes
“It was not my intention that it go as far as it did.”
- – Janet Jackson
Posted in Blogcritics on February 3, 2004 09:51 AM
Reasons why I think the Boob Tube Super Bowl Halftime Show was staged.
Posted in Blogcritics on February 3, 2004 08:56 AM
More on Super Bowl errant boob
CONFUSION REIGNS OVER JANET & JUSTIN’S SUPER BOWL ROUTINE Confusion built yesterday over whether or not that (ever so slightly) raunchy Justin / Janet routine during the Super Bowl half time show was planned, and if so, just who it…
Posted in Blogcritics on February 3, 2004 05:56 AM
Janet Jackson’s Titty for President
I’m hereby declaring the Janet Jackson’s Titty for President committee.
Posted in Blogcritics on February 3, 2004 12:15 AM
FCC threatens probe of breast
The response seems vastly out of proportion to the offense to me.
Posted in Blogcritics on February 2, 2004 05:39 PM
The Boob I Missed
Believe it or not, I actually looked down for one second during the half-time show and missed seeing Janet Jackson’s boob. Damnit! This is always my luck. I am going to have to hand in my “Guy Membership” card soon….
Posted in Blogcritics on February 2, 2004 01:37 PM
Janet Jackson- IT WAS NOT A BLOODY TASSEL: NIPPLE SHIELDS!
This has pictures of Nipples. Please don’t look unless you are over 18. Please don’t look if you are immature either.
Posted in Blogcritics on February 2, 2004 10:43 AM
We saw Janet Jackson’s breast-cum-starry-nipple bared by Justin Timberlake, reportedly an accident, then we saw a streaker. We saw the Budweiser donkey, the get-an-erection ads and the geriatric tug-of-war over a potato chip. We heard lots of noisy rock and…
Posted in Straight Up on February 2, 2004 09:07 AM
Boobtastic show apology
Apologies all round from those involved in the half time show at this weekend’s Superbowl as American Football fans the world over recover from the apparent shock of getting a flash of Janet Jackson’s right breast. It was all Justin…
Posted in Blogcritics on February 2, 2004 07:50 AM
Super Bowl XXXVIII; Commercials
Dan might not watch the Super Bowl for the commercials, but I do. The game this year was one of the best Super Bowl that I can remember though. The half time show was more memorable then others too (for…
Posted in Blogcritics on February 2, 2004 05:19 AM
Musical performances at the Super Bowl
I didn’t find any of the musical performances particularly motivating or all that interesting. The main issue with musical performances at an event like the Super Bowl is that the producers try to cram so many diverse musical acts in…
Posted in Blogcritics on February 2, 2004 02:49 AM
Super Bowl commericals
Let’s face it; the commercials are almost always the best part of the Super Bowl.
Posted in Blogcritics on February 2, 2004 02:37 AM
All 4 U?
Janet Jackson’s halftime concert at Super Bowl XXXVIII was full of super sizzle to say the least. I betcha President George Bush didn’t know Janet was hiding a weapon of mass titillation.
Posted in Blogcritics on February 2, 2004 01:37 AM
Indecent Exposure At The Super Bowl
This year I chose to watch the Super Bowl with my family. Me, my sisters and my nieces and nephews all met at my parents house for sub sandwiches and football. Everything was going fine. We laughed at the off-color…
Posted in Blogcritics on February 1, 2004 11:46 PM
Janet Jackson Superbowl Titty Massacre aka Janet Jackson’s career now officially dead
Janet Jackson’s one second flash of titty at the Superbowl must constitute the lamest PR stunt of the year that does NOT involve her brother. Janet hereby makes it official with this little desperation ploy that even she recognizes that…
Posted in Blogcritics on February 1, 2004 10:34 PM
Superbowl Halftime Bore
CBS adds secret performer for halftime show HOUSTON (AP) — Janet Jackson, Sean “P. Diddy” Combs, Kid Rock and Nelly apparently weren’t enough for CBS’ 12 1/2-minute Super Bowl halftime show. Another act is poised join the MTV-produced extravaganza. Who…
Posted in Blogcritics on January 30, 2004 09:03 AM