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Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake’s infamous 2004 Super Bowl halftime show scandal is being re-examined in a new documentary, revealing that there are still questions about what went wrong.

“The New York Times Presents” released its latest documentary, “Malfunction: The Dressing Down of Janet Jackson,” on Hulu and FX on Friday, marking one of the most talked-about Super Bowl performances of all time.


“Bad” occurred at the end of Jackson’s performance when Timberlake joined him on stage. It wasn’t until Timberlake sang his last line—”I’ll strip you naked by the end of this song”—when he pulled back a piece of Jackson’s outfit and exposed one of his breasts on live television. did.

The documentary covered the abuse Jackson received after the scandal and how Timberlake walked away from the controversy, seemingly. However, the idea also came that Jackson or a member of his staff had planned the stunt.

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Salli Frattini, a senior MTV vice president who worked on the plans for the halftime show, said in the doc that Jackson “never said anything” to his team about the accident after the fact. Instead, Jackson left shortly after the performance.

“Here we’re trying to ask the person why it happened because it happened to her, and she left,” Frattini said. “Then we looked for Justin. We pulled him over one by one. He was like, ‘This was never meant to be.’ I was told you guys knew. He was very apologetic. He worked.”

Another person interviewed for the documentary claimed that Jackson looked “disturbed” immediately after the performance.

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The film also drew on previous reports that Jackson’s stylists went last-minute shopping to change up her wardrobe for the performance before the big day.

“What has been reported is that the next day after rehearsal for the halftime show, he himself went shopping and reporting showed that he spent a lot of time with a local tailor, and we don’t know what he worked there but Clearly some wardrobe was being adjusted,” said one contributor.

According to Frattini, Timberlake met Jackson and his stylist before the two went on stage. “I remember talking with him, ‘Are you all set? Do you have any questions?’ It was looking for her to talk to her stylist, Janet. We as producers, we weren’t in the room. No one was in the room. There was a small conversation that lasted minutes in her dressing room. Justin came out, everyone Somebody went to go to the position to start his preparation.”

The film ended with no correct answer, including Jackson, Timberlake, and former CBS president and CEO Les Moonves at the center of the controversy. Jackson’s stylist also didn’t participate.

A contributor to the documentary said that Janet Jackson appeared "disturbed" after her breasts were exposed on television.

Following the controversy, Jackson issued several apologetic statements regarding the scandal.

“The decision to reveal an outfit at the end of my halftime show performance was made after a final rehearsal … MTV was completely unaware of it. It was not my intention to do it as much. Viewers, MTV, CBS and Including the NFL,” she initially said.

Jackson is expected to tell her story in another documentary to be released in January 2022 by A&E and Lifetime titled “Janet”.

Representatives for Jackson and Timberlake did not immediately return Granthshala News’ request for comment about the “New York Times Presents” documentary.