A lot of people are wondering why so many people, the media, parents, and so on, are making a big fuss over the matter of Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake performing a publicity stunt. Justin rips off a section of Janet’s corset to reveal her breast during half-time of the Superbowl. Both CBS and MTV apologized, and the FCC are performing an investigation on the matter.
Now, I’ve tried to explain to these people who feel that it’s just a harmless breast, and that it won’t hurt anybody, that it will cause some harm. It has been causing harm. Why should we let them get away with it? If we let them get away with it, more and more entertainers will get more and more daring. Next thing you know, we’ll see other skanks like Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, and Madonna all exposing their tits in music videos, prime-time television, and commercials. The more lenient we become, the more people will try to take advantage of us.
Janet is an aging pop star, and her new album is due out in stores this Spring. She clearly wanted this bad publicity, because in the entertainment industry, bad publicity means good publicity, and she is hoping this stunt will increase sales of her album. CBS and MTV apologized and said it was unexpected, but that’s a big lie. Anyone who hires Janet Jackson for a performance should be very familiar with her style and routine. She’s very risque and doesn’t mind the bump-and-grind dirty dancing in her shows, sex is her tall order of the day. To think she wasn’t going to do something outrageous would be putting yourself in serious denial. If you really want to show Janet that she can’t get away with this, vote with your wallet, don’t buy her new album.
A mother made a post that hit the nail on the head squarely on why this is such a big issue, and I couldn’t have said it better:
“I guess I more object to the whole environment of crass sensationalism, overt sexuality, profanity and tastelessness than one specific event. My kids are too young to really understand this – had they seen it – but it’s the idea of them growing up in a culture that doesn’t respect people, where
the cheap thrill is taken over true taste and art, where the human body and sexuality is so disrespected that it becomes a tawdry object instead of something to be appreciated and, ugh I’m searching for words, but respected will do I guess.”
“To me, it’s more than a guy ripping off a girl’s shirt. It’s a package deal. So much of popular culture today teaches kids that everything is disposable, cheap and the thrill is all that matters. I want my kids to
believe better. I want my daughter to grow up a confident young woman, believing in her own intelligence, beauty (inner and outer) and abilities, not one that desperately tries to fit herself into Abercrombie and Fitch’s
or MTV’s vision of what a young woman should be. I want my son to grow up respecting himself and women – that they aren’t sexual objects you can have your fun with and throw away. The whole half-time show was the complete antithesis of how I believe and what I want to teach my kids. And *that’s* why I object to it so much.” – Mary