“We know exactly how it happened: At the end of their live duet of Timberlake’s ‘Rock Your Body,’ the finale of the Super Bowl XXXVIII halftime show, the former ‘N Sync member sang, ‘Bet I’ll have you naked by the end of this song,’ reached over, and pulled off the plate-and-lace combo covering Jackson’s right breast. She whipped her head back and then down, and inched her hands up toward her exposed boob (clad only in a sun-shaped piece of nipple jewelry). It was a shocked expression of theatrical proportions.
The condemnations came swiftly and loudly. Her next album flopped, and she’s all but disappeared from glossy magazines and MTV, while Timberlake is still winning Grammys and Michael Powell is presenting a revisionist history of the event to ESPN Magazine.
But how? How did this happen? How did the superstar scion of one of America’s most recognizable families come completely undone in 9/16ths of a second, while the boy-band refugee became one of music’s biggest stars? How did Janet lose the Super Bowl, and how did Justin win?”
One of the best pieces of media criticism I’ve read in a while. An absolutely brilliant breakdown.