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Twitter showers Janet Jackson with love as Justin Timberlake returns to Super Bowl

Twitter showers Janet Jackson with love as Justin Timberlake returns to Super Bowl
From Mashable - February 4, 2018

Janet Jackson might have confirmed she's not performing at the Super Bowl tonight, but she's still managing to upstage Justin Timberlake anyway.

Janet-loving Twitter users rebranded Timberlake's return to the Super Bowl halftime show as #JanetJacksonAppreciationDay. Who can forget his last trip to the Super Bowl, in 2004, when Timberlake was responsible for Jackson's infamous "wardrobe malfunction"?

All these posts highlighting Jackson's talent sure makes you wish the man in the woods would go back there and let Janet take the stage instead.

The trending topic was first proposed by former NFL player Matthew A. Cherry with the intention of showcasing Jackson's influence as an artist and performer. People quickly took up the opportunity to share their love for the singer with GIFs, music videos, and personal stories.

The hashtag that slowly took over Super Bowl Sunday (it's outpacing #SuperBowl as of the writing of this post) also serves as a reminder of the injustice that took place in the wake of 2004's Nipplegate controversy.

During the Super Bowl halftime show on Feb. 1, 2004, Timberlake exposed Jackson's breast to 143.6 million viewers after unexpectedly ripping off part of her costume during their performance.

Timberlake came out of the incident largely unscathed (as demonstrated by his triumphant return to the stage tonight). Meanwhile, Jackson was forced to take full responsibility, apologize, and still ended up being blacklisted from radio stations and TV.

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