Janet Jackson Documentary ‘Malfunction’ to Reflect on Super Bowl Fallout

Janet Jackson’s new documentary, ‘Malfunction’ will focus on the blowback from her 2004 Super Bowl halftime show with Justin Timberlake. The film will premiere November 19th on FX and Hulu. The documentary is part of a series by The New York Times Presents, which recently released Controlling Britney Spears.

According to the documentary synopsis, “in 2004, a culture war was brewing when the Super Bowl halftime show audience saw a white man expose a Black woman’s breast for 9/16ths of a second. A national furor ensued. ‘If the culture wars could have a 9/11, it’s Feb. 1, 2004,’ said one observer. The woman was Janet Jackson, and her career was never the same. The man was Justin Timberlake; his stardom only grew. The New York Times examines the racial and cultural currents that collided on the Super Bowl stage, and explores how the incident impacted one of the most successful pop musicians in history.”

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