It's the old "garment collapsed" excuse from Janet Jackson's camp. Last night, her agent read a statement from Ms. Jackson:
The decision to have a costume reveal at the end of my halftime show performance was made after final rehearsals. MTV was completely unaware of it...It was not my intention that it go as far as it did...I apologize to anyone offended -- including the audience, MTV, CBS and the NFL.
Agent Stephen Huvane added, "Justin was supposed to pull away the bustier to reveal a red lace bra underneath, but the garment collapsed." Aha! We knew Justin Timberlake was not very good with the ladies! Janet, Gothamist doesn't know what to do about you. You're out-ho-ing LaToya and you're even dating Jermaine Dupri. What gives? Are you going to ask Michael to do voodoo on Justin? Or FCC Chariman Michael Powell, who opened the FCC's investigation by saying, "I am outraged at what I saw during the halftime show of the Super Bowl. Like millions of Americans, my family and I gathered around the television for a celebration. Instead, that celebration was tainted by a classless, crass, and deplorable stunt. Our nation's children, parents and citizens deserve better." Yes, deserve better, like farting horses on the beer commercials, 'cause flatulence and animals is classy.
The Times' Alessandra Stanley makes a good point about the NFL's outrage: "But if the N.F.L. was really so shocked and appalled, why didn't it flinch at the Cialis advertisement that promised men 36 hours of relief from impotence, then warned that if they should experience an erection for four hours straight, they should seek 'immediate medical care'?" Slate has a good explanation of FCC's defintion of obscenity.
And can you believe there was a day when it was scandalous that Janet Jackson, as Charlene DuPrey on Diff'rent Strokes, might be deflowered by Todd Bridges' Willis, but them's the brakes, we guess.