Friday 18 October, 2019

Timberlake at Super Bowl: White male privilege again?

In this Feb. 1, 2004 file photo, singers Justin Timberlake and Janet Jackson are seen during their performance prior to a wardrobe malfunction during the half time performance at Super Bowl XXXVIII in Houston. Timberlake will headline the Super Bowl halftime show Feb. 4 in Minnesota.

In this Feb. 1, 2004 file photo, singers Justin Timberlake and Janet Jackson are seen during their performance prior to a wardrobe malfunction during the half time performance at Super Bowl XXXVIII in Houston. Timberlake will headline the Super Bowl halftime show Feb. 4 in Minnesota.

The booking of Justin Timberlake for the Super Bowl halftime show has triggered a backlash from women, minorities, and others. They say Janet Jackson was unfairly forced to pay a far higher price than he ever faced for their breast-baring "wardrobe malfunction" at the big game in 2004.

The hashtag #justiceforjanet trended on social media this week after the NFL announced Timberlake would perform Feb. 4 in Minneapolis.

Some argue that Jackson fell victim to a sexist and racist double standard and received harsher treatment over a decade ago than Timberlake did, while he benefited from "white male privilege."

Representatives for Timberlake and Jackson have not commented.

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