Justin Timberlake has confirmed that he will be headlining the 2018 Super Bowl Pepsi Halftime show next year, 14 years after the infamous “wardrobe malfunction” incident with Janet Jackson in 2004.
The singer-turned-actor announced the news in an adorable video skit alongside his best bud Jimmy Fallon, where the two are playing pun with the words “have time” which sounded like “halftime”.
This will mark Timberlake’s third time on the halftime stage. The first time was in 2001 when he was still part of NSYNC, the second time was the most memorable one where he accidentally ripped Jackson’s top, resulting in a wardrobe malfunction that revealed her right nipple on television.
The incident which is now infamously known as Nipplegate, has somehow gotten Jackson banned from ever performing at that show again.
So after it was confirmed that Timberlake will be taking the halftime stage, some fans (especially Jackson’s fans) voiced out their dissatisfaction.
Seriously, Justin Timberlake is trash for accepting that Superbowl Gig while Janet is still banned. No one gives a shit about black women
— Rae Sanni (@raesanni) October 23, 2017
Maybe not the best year to serve up more White/Black Double Standard and invite Justin Timberlake to Super Bowl while Janet Jackson’s banned pic.twitter.com/nHmFWQuJ4V
— Mrs. Betty Bowers (@BettyBowers) October 23, 2017
IF JANET JACKSON IS BANNED, JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE SHOULD BE BANNED AS WELL, @NFL pic.twitter.com/JWRfLkGXK1
— Rohan Rex (@Reauxhanrex) October 23, 2017
Me being excited for Justin Timberlake’s #PepsiHalftime but also disgusted by the NFL’s sexism in their treatment of Janet Jackson pic.twitter.com/PrCbtDg829
— Juju (@jbridge4th) October 23, 2017
As somebody who’s been a @jtimberlake fan for a long time, I hope he plays his top request in Minneapolis: An apology to @JanetJackson.
— Anil Dash (@anildash) October 23, 2017
The Pepsi Super Bowl LII Halftime Show will take place at the U.S. Bank Stadium in Minnesota on Sunday, 4 February 2018.
Last year’s show – headlined by Lady Gaga – was the most-watched musical event of all-time across all platforms and also the most-watched Super Bowl Halftime performance in history.