(AllHipHop News) There's been speculation for years that forces inside the media/entertainment industry actively worked to punish Janet Jackson for the infamous "wardrobe malfunction" at Super Bowl XXXVIII. A new Huffington Post article claims one network executive did use his power to blackball the iconic performer.
Yashar Ali writes that CBS CEO Les Moonves became fixated with Jackson after Justin Timberlake pulled away a covering to briefly expose Janet's breast during the 2004 halftime show. Apparently, the TV exec's grudge against Jackson didn't apply to Timberlake because the former NSYNC member offered an apology that was viewed as acceptable by Moonves, who is now facing sexual misconduct allegations.
> Moonves banned Jackson and Timberlake from the 2004 Grammys broadcast airing on CBS the week after the Super Bowl. But Timberlake was allowed to perform after he tearfully apologized for the incident, according to conversations Moonves had with my sources. The CBS chief executive, according to sources who spoke to me, was furious that Jackson didn’t make a similarly contrite apology to him. The fallout from the incident inflicted significant damage on Jackson’s career ― which until that point had produced 10 No. 1 hits ― and still reverberates to this day.
According to the news story, Moonves also commanded MTV and VH1 (subsidiaries of Viacom/CBS Corporation) to stop supporting Jackson's music videos. Viacom-owned radio stations were allegedly ordered not to play her songs.
Janet's 2001 album All For You debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart with 605,000 copies sold in its first week. 2004's Damita Jo - her first LP released after the "nipplegate" incident - opened at #2 with 381,000 first-week units. Her next three studio albums each declined in opening-week sales.
Earlier this year, Timberlake was once again on the stage at the big game, headlining the SBLII halftime festivities. The NFL has yet to invite Jackson back. However, fans of the "Control" singer turned Super Bowl Sunday 2018 into #JanetJacksonAppreciationDay by making the celebratory/shady hashtag one of the top social media trends throughout the day.