10 Years Ago, We Were Talking About a Breast

10 Years Ago, We Were Talking About a BreastYesterday's Super Bowl was awful. The Broncos were terrible and the game was as one-sided as possible. I didn't have a horse in this race, so I was rooting for a good game, and I didn't get my wish.

Exactly 10 years ago today, the post-Super Bowl chatter was all about one thing: Janet Jackson's breast. Here's what I wrote then.

As we all know by now, Justin Timberlake had the audacity to rip Janet Jackson's dress during the Super Bowl halftime show yesterday, exposing her right breast. Everyone is claiming this was an unplanned accident, but we know better.

I just read the Federal Communications Commission has released a statement concerning the exposed breast. Chairman Michael Powell has "instructed the commission to open an immediate investigation into last night's broadcast". From what I've read, a number of people are most unhappy. There is outrage in the United States over Janet's boobie.

I'll be the first to say the Super Bowl halftime show probably isn't an appropriate venue for such a stunt, but aren't we going overboard just a little? For reasons I'll never understand, Americans are far more comfortable watching someone open fire killing a dozen people than they are seeing a brief glimpse of a woman's breast. Blood and gore is fine but nudity of any kind is strictly forbidden on over-the-air television channels in the United States. Here in Canada, we're slightly more relaxed on the issue. CTV will run "The Sopranos" uncut and CBC will frequently air movies with uncensored nudity. City TV practically airs pornography some nights without a problem. I think this is a healthier approach to the naked body. It can be a beautiful thing, why treat is so severely?

A little boob exposure here and there won't kill anyone. Consider me pro-boob.

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More than anything, it showed how desperate Jackson was to kick-start her fading career. Unfortunately for her, even exposing her boob couldn't do it.

As for JT, I can't believe he's still working.

February 3, 2014 @ 10:16 AM


25 years ago, we were all talking about this! Believe it or not, this is what passed for the halftime entertainment for Super Bowl 23 (1989!). I dare you to try and sit through the entire thing.

February 3, 2014 @ 10:25 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike


Although not my cup of tea with regards to his music, you really can't deny Justin Timberlake's talent. Ladies love him... his singing and dancing... and if you've ever seen him on SNL or doing the Lonely Island digital shorts, he's actually really funny.

I'm not the least bit surprised JT is still working and successful... he's a multi-talented superstar.

As for Janet, last I heard she had married an oil baron and moved to the middle east to be a housewife.

February 3, 2014 @ 10:26 AM


Just another topic we'll have to agree to disagree. He's awful - so much so it hurts to watch him.

February 3, 2014 @ 10:38 AM


I don't care about the Superbowl. My Cardinals didn't make it, but was worried my next door neighbor would have a loud party so was hoping for a blowout game, I don't care who would win the blowout, but I got my wish and my neighbor didn't have a loud party. As for Janet Jackson, I hate the Jacksons. I don't like Janet Jackson. Who cares.

February 3, 2014 @ 10:45 AM

Ryan G

The Superbowl is a microcosm of Americana. It re-inforces their brand and millions of people eat it up every year.

Like it or not, Americans are masterful in show business and know how to sell the sizzle. The lopsided affair yesterday proved that. The game itself is almost irrelevant. And isn't it a little bit strange (and slightly embarrassing) that people clamour to watch the US produced commercials, and are pissed off when they can't see them?

As for the halftime show, I'm not a Bruno Mars fan, but it appeals to the masses. It was Michael Jackson with a bad haircut. I don't like RHCP either, but excellent execution in my mind to fuse their performance with Mars (It reminded me of that old Run DMC/Aerosmith video in fact). So there was a bit of pop r'n b, a bit of rock, and everyone goes home happy.

Everyone that is, except Peyton Manning , but I have a hard time sympathizing for gazillionaires.

February 3, 2014 @ 11:03 AM


Well I will admit that I never really gave Bruno Mars any attention, but I thought the show he put on with RHCP was great.

Rewind to 10 years ago and breast or not, the show was awful. I agree that Timberlake has talent but every time I see him perform a song live it is horrible. He should stick to SNL skits.

February 3, 2014 @ 11:33 AM


Ah, I remember the boobie and what a commotion that was on the internet.

February 6, 2014 @ 7:46 AM

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