Justin Timberlake and Janet Jackson Boobgate

By: Samantha Schultz and Kate Mills

The issue at hand is that during the 2004 SuperBowl Justin Timberlake ripped Janet Jackson’s top off exposing her breast. This is controversial because her breast was not censored and since it is national TV all body parts are supposed to be blurred out.

The internet, however, can not censor their products due to freedom of speech. This is important to note that the web can post whatever they want. Marjory Tv companies might not be able to, but if you go under a different user, you can claim that is your right to be able to post whatever you want.

During the SuperBowl CBS did not cover Jannet’s breast being exposed because they didn’t have someone that was paying close attention to the performance. When TV companies go live they often have a 5-second delay in case people slip up and say “ F**k, Sh*t, or any inappropriate word. Or in this instance, if someone’s boob comes out during a performance.

The future of this issue is to regulate what is being shown on television and make sure that they do not have another slip up like this on national tv. Not only CBS but other channels as well. However many people were very offended and actually sued Jackson and Timberlake for having “to suffer outrage, anger, embarrassment and serious injury.” This was taken very seriously and CBS now has a reputation to uphold, and to not have this incident happen again. 

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