Janet Jackson Might Be Open To Performing At The Super Bowl With Justin Timberlake (But Probably Not)
Janet Jackson needs to get her sources in order because they are sending mixed signals. After it was announced that Justin Timberlake will do the Pepsi Super Bowl LII Halftime Show in February, America erupted with a collective cry of “but what about Janet?” It’s impossible to mentally separate JT, halftime and Janet’s nipple. It’s like trying to look at Jermaine Dupri without seeing Rudy Huxtable. Naturally, folks started to speculate that Janet might actually show up as a surprise guest. But would she? Could she? Choochie coo? Depends on who you ask.
According to Entertainment Tonight:
A source close to Jackson tells ET that the singer has not been approached by Timberlake or anyone from his team to join him onstage. “The door is wide open,” the source says. “If Justin or his team did reach out, Janet would perform with him again in a minute.”
But then E! News is all:
According to two sources, the answer is no. While one insider said she is not planning on performing at the Super Bowl, another added that she has time conflicts due to her tour scheduling.
I don’t know why Janet would want to fuck with these fools again anyway. She is way too nice. She never lashed out at JT or the NFL even though her career took a huge hit in the wake of Nipplegate. Janet was the first one to apologize for the incident. In fact, Janet (via her publicist) gave unto us the phrase “wardrobe malfunction” for which we should give praise daily.
According to ABC News, Janet was un-invited to the 2004 Grammys and then “re-invited with the caveat that she apologize for the halftime show.” She did not show. But JT did and he won Best Male Pop Vocal Performance and gave a very unconvincing “I apologize if you guys were offended” apology. Meanwhile, Janet was blacklisted by Viacom (the owner of CBS) and they wouldn’t play any of her music or videos on any of their platforms.
ABC news also speculates that the NFL decided that having female performers with their worrisome body parts participate in the halftime show was too risky. Instead, the NFL “turned to more classic-rock acts” and didn’t have another woman headline until Madonna in 2012.
This year, with golden boy JT front and center, the NFL has been forced to address the whole Janet situation. For years it has been speculated that Janet was banned from ever performing again. The NFL says that’s not true.
“There’s no ban. We are not going to comment on any speculation regarding potential guests. There may be no guests. Along with Pepsi, we’re excited to have Justin Timberlake.”
Janet, stay away. It’s a trap! Remember Pepsi set your brother on fire! Besides, nobody will ever top Prince’s performance. They may as well just cancel the entire NFL.