This post was published more than a few years ago (on 2004-02-03) and may contain inaccurate technical information, outmoded thoughts, or cringe takes. Proceed at your own risk.

I know this is an old question, but what is it, really, that makes us– collectively as average Americans– glorify the stylized violence of football (which is, honestly, pretty tame, but stick with me here…) and yet shun the simple appearance of a woman’s single breast (NSFW) on the most watched four-plus hours of globally broadcast TV as “vulgar,” “sick” or “depraved?”

Beats me.

By the by, TiVo launched a press release stating that the Great Timberlake/Jackson “Wardrobe Malfunction” of Twenty-Ought-Four was the “Most Replayed Moment TiVo Has Ever Measured.”

My take? Planned, but not approved. Janet’s private little publicity stunt for her upcoming album, and– coincidence of coincidences– her label moved the release of her new single up to today, instead of tomorrow. Plus, it’s not a pastie. It’s a little something called a nipple shield (NSFW). She says only the leather and not the red lace was supposed to come off? Check the post-rippage evidence, Ms. Jackson (if you’re nasty). The red lace is only a decorative trim on the edge of the leather cup. There’s nothing to leave.

Anyway, it was a fun little diversion, “crass” and “deplorable” as it may be. (So say the “Halftime is Family Hour” crowd, never you mind all the sexed-up bodice-ripping that happened in the half hour pre-Janet.) What I find truly offensive is that supposedly now there’s going to be a massive government investigation into Janet’s nip-slip. Unless she’s harboring Osama bin Laden in her cleavage, I’m about to be one pissed-off taxpayer.

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  1. Good point about the big deal over the partial breast shot versus the hours of glorified violence (and I don’t mean Justin T’s singing and dancing–HA!). I think what Janet should have done was have a little message or two connected to the breast shield that read “Enjoy the second half of Super Bowl 38…and buy my record). I mean really, all this static for a partial shot and they move her record release up one day!

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