Joseph Gordon-Levitt Dons Janet Jackson Drag For Flawless “Rhythm Nation” Lip Sync

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Taking on Janet Jackson’s “Rhythm Nation” is no small task, and for a split second we cringed as the cameras focused on a mostly silhouetted Jospeh Gordon-Levitt as he began mouthing the words of the utopian opening monologue on Lip Sync Battle.

But then we saw a flash of ruby red lipstick and our fears were somehow assuaged.

And when he starts the choreography, we may have passed out for a split second.

While Gordon-Levitt is no stranger to lip syncing for his life (he gave two rousing performances with Jimmy Kimmel a few years ago), his tribute to Janet’s classic is nothing short of brilliance.

Shante, you most certainly stay:

The hosts’ faces say it all: