Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake’s Super Bowl scandal set for documentary

A new documentary will explore the controversy surrounding Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake’ Super Bowl halftime show performance. 

Malfunction: The Dressing Down of Janet Jackson will debut on November 19 on both Hulu and FX, and is a project by The New York Times Presents. 

It will recount the moment Justin, 40, tore off part of Janet’s corset and bra creating the nipple-gate moment as they performed together at the NFL Super Bowl halftime show in 2004. 

Despite Justin being the one to rip off Janet’s clothing, the 54-year-old singer was singled out in the aftermath and forced to apologise while also being fined and blacklisted by MTV and US radio at the time. 

While Janet’s career faltered in the face of the controversy, Justin’s career continued to soar. 

According to the official description, the film will feature ‘rare footage and interviews with several people who were at the controls that night in Houston — including NFL and MTV executives — to reconstruct an incident that shook the country and explain how it shaped culture in the decades to follow’. 


It will also include ‘insights from music industry insiders, cultural critics and members of the Jackson family’. 

Malfunction has been directed by Jodi Gomes. 

News of the documentary comes 10 months after Justin issued a public apology to both Janet and his ex-girlfriend Britney Spears for ‘benefiting from a system that condones misogyny and racism’. 


His lengthy message followed backlash he received for claims made in the Framing Britney documentary, which accused him of fuelling allegations that the popstar cheated on him. 

Justin told his Instagram followers: ‘I am deeply sorry for the times in my life where my actions contributed to the problem, where I spoke out of turn, or did not speak up for what was right.

‘I understand that I fell short in these moments and in many others and benefited from a system that condones misogyny and racism.

‘I specifically want to apologise to Britney Spears and Janet Jackson both individually, because I care for and respect these women and I know I failed. I also feel compelled to respond, in part, because everyone involved deserves better and most importantly, because this is a larger conversation that I wholeheartedly want to be part of and grow from.’

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