February 1, 2004 is a day that changed the pop world forever!
On that day, Justin Timberlake performed alongside Janet Jackson for the Super Bowl XXXVIII Halftime Show from Houston, Texas. That day became dubbed “Nipplegate,” after the end of the performance shocked the world as the pop singer ripped a pasty exposing one of Jackson’s breasts on network television as he sang, “I’ll have you naked by the end of this song.”
The controversy left Jackson wildly exposed, while Timberlake mostly left scott free.
Following the documentary, Framing Britney Spears, the former *NSYNC started drawing criticism online once again for the role in his actions proceeding the backlash of the performance and his relationship with Britney Spears.
He responded in a message on Instagram:
“I’ve seen the messages, tags, comments, and concerns and I want to respond. 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,” Timberlake wrote. “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 apologize 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 a part of and grow from.”
He later continued.
“The industry is flawed. It’s designed this way. As a man in a privileged position I have to be vocal about this. Because of my ignorance, I didn’t recognize it for all that it was while it was happening in my own life but I do not want to ever benefit from others being pulled down again.
I have not been perfect in navigating all of this throughout my career. I know this apology is a first step and doesn’t absolve the past. I want to take accountability for my own missteps in all of this as well as be part of a world that uplifts and supports. I care deeply about the wellbeing of the people I love and have loved. I can do better and I will do better.”
There has been no response from Jackson as of this times.