Timberlake at Super Bowl: White male privilege again? BY SAEED NASIR

Performers Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake performed in front of you wardrobe malfunction through the half-time show at Super Bowl XXXVIII in Houston on Feb. 1, 2004.

NY — The arranging of Justin Timberlake for the Super Bowl halftime show brought about a backlash from women, minorities and other people who say Janet Jackson was unfairly compelled to pay a far higher price than he ever before faced for your breast-baring “closet malfunction” at the big game in 2004.

The hashtag #justiceforjanet trended on cultural advertising this week following the NFL announced Timberlake would perform Feb. 4 in Minneapolis.

Some argued that Jackson dropped victim to a sexist and racist dual standard and received harsher treatment over a decade ago than Timberlake do, while he benefited from “white male privilege.”

“His body was not criminalized and demonized in the manner that hers was, and this has everything regarding being truly a white man,” said Janell Hobson, a co-employee professor of women’s, gender and sexuality studies at their state University of New York at Albany.

Representatives for Timberlake and Jackson didn’t respond to e-mails seeking comment.

The NFL said no one has been forbidden from the halftime show — indirectly discussing Jackson — but didn’t sophisticated on the decision to request Timberlake backside or touch upon Jackson specifically.

Thirteen years ago, as Timberlake sang the lyrics “Bet I’ve you naked at the end of this song,” he ripped Jackson’s outfit to disclose her right breasts, bare aside from a nipple ring. Jackson later said her lace undergarment was supposed to remain undamaged but accidentally pulled away.

She was barred seven days later from the Grammy telecast, where she have been scheduled to perform, and her celebrity power diminished, though she eventually rebounded. He 2015 album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard charts, and she actually is now on the top-selling tour.

This will be Timberlake’s third time at the halftime show, the most for just about any performer ever before. He first performed there in 2001 along with his boy music group NSYNC, then went on to appear as Jackson’s guest.

Timberlake has apologized more often than once over the years.

When asked about the clothing malfunction in an interview this week, Timberlake said, “That wont happen this time.” — (AP)

Social websites erupted when the Super Bowl announcement was made, especially Dark Twitter.

“I feel that taking into consideration the destruction that that moment in time have to her career unfairly, I’d like to see Justin never return to the Super Dish,” said Jamilah Lemieux, vice leader of media and men’s programming at digital publishing company iOne Digital and Black culture website CASSIUS.

“It didn’t slow him down. She wasn’t permitted to go the Grammys. How will you possess the Grammys without Janet Jackson?” Lemieux asked. “She’s encountered more punishment for her breast being discovered than individuals who have been accused of intimate assault.”

Hobson, author of 2012’s “Body as Information: Mediating Contest, Globalizing Gender,” said it is interesting that media of Timberlake’s go back comes at the same time when pop culture is dominated by headlines about misconduct by such figures as Harvey Weinstein, Invoice Cosby and Invoice O’Reilly.

Hobson said Jackson was the one who was simply blamed and punished, and the same thing happens to women dealing with erotic assault or rape.

“It certainly is women’s systems that are the problem. So if we discuss rape or we discuss intimate assault, it always dates back to, ‘So that which was she wearing? Was she walking alluring? Was she being flirtatious?’ As though men haven’t any part to try out,” Hobson said.

Others, though, want to visit a halftime show starring Timberlake.

Music producer Drumma Guy said Timberlake is an excellent choice and “has hits to back it up, as far as relevancy right now.”

“I think it might be excellent cool if he did draw out Janet,” he added. “I think the globe would go crazy. If he wanted to completely shut down the world, bringing Janet will be the icing on the wedding cake.” —

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