The Eagles may have clenched the Super Bowl trophy yesterday, but it was Janet Jackson who won the day.
To fully appreciate this story, we need to take a little trip down memory lane… In 2004, Justin and Janet performed together in the Super Bowl halftime show. At the end of their performance, Justin ripped off Janet’s bra, exposing her right breast to tens of millions of people around the world.
A backlash ensued. Her career was totally derailed. She was banned from the radio. MTV refused to play her videos. And she was hit with an onslaught of bad publicity. Meanwhile, he walked away from the whole thing largely unscathed and went on to release several more successful albums by (ironically) appropriating the music Jan’s older brother, Michael.
Cut to 14 years later. Janet seems to have moved on from the whole thing. She’s a billionaire with a newborn baby and her own record label, which she used to release her most recent (totally underappreciated) album, 2015’s Unbreakable. Her fans, on the other hand, have not. They’re still pissed at Justin for what he did, and rightfully so. He never really truly apologized to her, after all.
So as Timberlake prepared to take to the stage yesterday, #JusticeforJanet began trending on Twitter, with people all over the country throwing their support behind the 51-year-old pop icon:
Even Bette Midler got in on the action:
Another hashtag that started trending was #JanetJacksonAppreciatonDay:
This time, it was Laverne Cox who joined the pro-Janet brigade:
And then there were the memes…
Sometimes, ladies and gentlemen, Karma can take a while to come back around. But, rest assured, she always keeps those receipts.