Today is the big game! For some time there has been speculation that Miss Damita Jo, aka THEE Janet Jackson, would be part of the half time show. Probably because Justin Timerberlake is performing this year. BUT NO! Janet has confirmed that she is not performing (see below). The NFL seems to shading Janet and Black Twitter is not havin’ it!
— Janet Jackson (@JanetJackson) February 4, 2018
What’s the relevance? Well, if you think back to Super Bowl XXXVIII – which was broadcast on February 1, 2004, there was lots of controversy during that half time show when Janet and Justin performed together and the famous “Janet Nip Slip” occurred when Timberlake exposed Janet’s breast which was adorned by some sort of shield. It was later publicly addressed in an official statement as “a wardrobe malfunction”.
Obviously, both Justin and Janet were involved, but the white male (ooohh double positive privilege) has been invited back and is performing during The Super Bowl halftime show tonight. The gorgeous black woman (triple negative on the privilege scale), on the other hand is still exiled.
As it is many Americans, specifically and mostly those of color, have been boycotting the NFL because of the controversies relating to Colin Kaepernick. So this dismissal of Janet comes as more of a slap in the face.
So, as usual, Black Twitter with the WIN! They have taken Super Bowl Sunday which is usually huge and dominating trends…. and have turned it into #JanetJacksonAppreciationDay. Yes! That is trending all over Twitter right now!
Fans and celebs are tweeting big ups for Janet. The idea is to praise Janet Jackson on social media starting today at noon. But many tweeters started early. Check out the trending hashtag below!
Show Janet some love! Click below =)