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Case Still Not Closed on ‘Nipplegate’ Incident

Posted on Jan 5, 2010
Janet Jackson

Janet Jackson, rendered here to make her look as though she were made of wood (?!), may have lived down her nipple slip during her 2004 Super Bowl performance with Justin Timberlake, but the legal case concerning the incident isn’t closed.

Legal battles famously have a way of dragging on, but in the case of the ongoing tussle over Janet Jackson’s “wardrobe malfunction” during the 2004 Super Bowl, it’s getting a little ridiculous. Yes, that was six years ago. No, the involved parties are not done with their various attempts at fining and appealing said fines.  —KA

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Oral argument has been set for Feb. 23 in the Third Circuit court of appeals re-hearing of the $550,000 indecency fine against CBS-owned stations for the 2004 Janet Jackson/Justin Timberlake Super Bowl reveal.

That is according to an attorney who received the notice from the court.

Argument is slated for 1:30 p.m., with 30 minutes per side, which is a lot of time as these arguments go, according to veterans of the process.

“The Third Circuit does longer arguments,” said an attorney for one of the parties backing broadcasters, “but this is a lot even for them.  “The order shows that the court takes this case seriously.”

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By RAE, January 7, 2010 at 2:09 pm Link to this comment

I have a theory, carlinnyc, perhaps more of an educated belief, that some of us are TAUGHT to remain adolescent in our attitudes toward human sexuality.

I said “some” because I know from my anthropology studies that many so-called “primitive tribes” consider breasts and penises and other “erogenous zones” as body parts to use for both creation and recreation without fear or guilt or shame.

But as you said… fear, and I’ll add the other two, are a powerful motivators. Once those set in authority over us, whether secular or religious, realized we could be easily controlled and manipulated by simply setting up artificial rules of behaviour - you know, all the “thou shalt nots” crap for no other reason than “we say so” - the fun and games were lost.

There is a mountain of guilt and shame about the human sexualities that is TAUGHT to the young by parents, churches and schools in our societies. It’s mostly all NONSENSE but, as Madison Avenue well knows, nonsense or not, REPEAT IT OFTEN ENOUGH AND IT BECOMES “TRUTH.” It is definitely NOT NATURAL or NORMAL to feel ashamed of your body and it’s functions. But what a whopper of a control device!

Many are so screwed up about it that they’ll even lie to their physicians rather than admit something that goes against what they’ve been taught in our bullshit society. They’d rather DIE than be “found out.” Talk about ridiculous.

There is nothing shameful about an exposed nipple. The shame belongs entirely to those involved in turning this molehill into a mountain. Shame on the lot of them. It’s so stupid.

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By carlinnyc, January 7, 2010 at 11:59 am Link to this comment

Fear is a powerful human emotion, and how we evolved to fear nipples and other body parts is beyond my comprehension.

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By pundaint, January 7, 2010 at 2:50 am Link to this comment

At the end of someone’s career they’ll have to look back and say “I prosecuted a
naked tit for four years of my life.”

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By mrfreeze, January 6, 2010 at 11:15 pm Link to this comment

This is just another example of European revenge on the Americas: they kicked the Puritans out and sent them here. We’re still enduring their unbearable boorishness to this day.

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By idarad, January 6, 2010 at 9:58 pm Link to this comment

jesus crist - look at all the boobs in congress who bare their stupidity on a daily basis, no fines, no litigation….

the only difference ... the shoe’s on the other foot stupidity bares the boob.  Isn’t there real information to discuss

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By DBM, January 6, 2010 at 7:19 pm Link to this comment

I can’t believe I’ve even wasted the time to write about this non-issue on this blog.

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By GW=MCHammered, January 6, 2010 at 10:43 am Link to this comment
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Both health care and legal care operate under greed. Fix both!

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By IchliebeSie, January 6, 2010 at 10:14 am Link to this comment
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I second the notion that only in puritanical America would there be such a big deal over this incident.  The investigation, merely for ACCIDENTALLY showing her breast for pretty much only one second, is pathetic and a waste of time - and six years after the fact?!

Let all this go, lawyers and judges.  Please give Janet some peace.

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By Anna Mazur, January 6, 2010 at 7:06 am Link to this comment
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I thought nobody remembers this accident now. It was only a stupid way of getting attention to herself - I do not understand why should we discuss this issue more and more.

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By C.Curtis.Dillon, January 6, 2010 at 2:42 am Link to this comment

Only in the puritanical America can Janet’s breast make such a stir.  Most people didn’t even see it ... the exposure was only for a second.  But really, it was only a breast!  Let it go ... we have far too many real issues to solve to waste time with this.  Throw the whole thing out and go on with life.

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By RAE, January 5, 2010 at 5:38 pm Link to this comment

This entire issue, from the original “reveal” to today’s revelation, illustrates with crystal clarity the adolescent level of the American psyche.

Adult mammals the world over see a breast and move on. But not those witless, anal-retentives who inhabit many American bureaucracies.

I’m ashamed & outraged that our courts even considered to hear this case and spend our money doing it. MILLIONS down the drain… and for what? A juvenile pissing contest between the FCC and FOX. Message to all those involved: NOBODY BUT YOU GIVES A SHIT!

No disrespect to Janet’s “stature” when I conclude with the observation: TALK ABOUT MAKING A MOUNTAIN OUT OF A MOLEHILL!

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By don knutsen, January 5, 2010 at 5:27 pm Link to this comment
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The sheer amount of Lawyers is why this dosen’t die. Our laws are written by lawyers, principally for lawyer’s job security, nothing else. They are taught this in law school. Doing the right thing to a lawyer means doing what makes the most money…thats why they eventually devolve into becoming politicians, where you literally have to do almost nothing..don’t even need to show up in Congress most of the time if C-Span is any indication.

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