Super Bowl halftimes are not known for groundbreaking performances. Many artists in the past have lipsynched songs. But this year's Super Bowl performance will be remembered for quite some time. That's because as Justin Timberlake and Janet Jackson wrapped up their performance, Timberlake reached over to Jackson's breast and ripped her top off, exposing her breast to millions of people watching on television. The moment appeared planned. Timberlake says it was an accident. Jackson's dance choreographer says it was planned well in advance.
Dave Bydalek of Lincoln has four children. He and his wife and just finished watching the first half and turned off the tv before the Timberlake/Jackson performance. But he's concerned about what a performance like this, on such a promiment world stage, says about today's world. "When we have a situation where families sit down to watch an event on television-a football game-its just gotten tragic that its gotten to this point", he adds.
CBS was especially displeased. In a prepared statement, the network says "We attended all rehearsals throughout the week, and there was no indication that any such thing would happen. The moment did not conform to CBS Broadcast standards, and we would like to apologize to anyone who was offended".
The half time show was produced for CBS and the NFL by MTV. CBS fired MTV shortly after the game. And the NFL said it would not allow MTV to be involved in future NFL events, especially anything as high profile as a Super Bowl.
NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue called it unacceptable. "Offensive, embarrassing to us and our fans and inappropriate."
FCC Chairman Michael Powell expressed disgust and said it would look into whether the incident violates FCC regulations.