Justin Timberlake at Super Bowl: White male privilege again?
By The Associated Press On Feb. 1, 2004, Justin Timberlake and Janet Jackson are seen during their performance prior to the infamous “wardrobe malfunction” during the half time performance at Super Bowl XXXVIII in Houston. Timberlake will headline the Super Bowl halftime show Feb. 4, 2018, in Minnesota. (AP Photo/David Phillip)
By MESFIN FEKADU
AP Music Writer
NEW YORK — The booking of Justin Timberlake for the Super Bowl halftime show has triggered a backlash from women, minorities and others. They say Janet Jackson was unfairly forced to pay a far higher price than he ever faced for their breast-baring “wardrobe malfunction” at the big game in 2004.
The hashtag #justiceforjanet trended on social media this week after the NFL announced Timberlake would perform Feb. 4 in Minneapolis.
Some argue that Jackson fell victim to a sexist and racist double standard and received harsher treatment over a decade ago than Timberlake did, while he benefited from “white male privilege.”
Representatives for Timberlake and Jackson have not commented.