CBS apologized on Sunday for an unexpectedly R-rated end to its Super Bowl halftime show, when singer Justin Timberlake tore off part of Janet Jackson's top, exposing her breast.  
offending image 1 | 2 | animated gif | computer genereated reenactment  
R rated...?
jinx: Breast flashing is PG or PG-13 at worst.  
lorddimwit: Not if you do it right.  
I'm sorta confused--what's that silver thing covering Janet's doohickey? Has she prolonged her life through cybernetic implants?
glitch p-udding: makes me wonder what michael has on his nipples.
cornpone: are you talking to me?
Frost: it is a nipple shield. It goes on behind a piercing, has a hole throught the middle for the nip. The ring or bar then holds it on...
amsterdamn: You only know cause you have one!
Testy Cod: She looks kind of like frankenstein.
In the original script....
puddles: I believe there was suckling. They toned it down after dress rehearsal though.
MTV says
emtee: "The tearing of Janet Jackson's costume was unrehearsed, unplanned, completely unintentional and was inconsistent with assurances we had about the content of the performance. MTV regrets this incident occurred and we apologize to anyone who was offended by it."  
yeah right. Looks like JT is trying to keep up with Britney.  
MTV News Article
bear: can I see a pic or get a link to one?
nice zoom in shot
It's just a boob
clu: tsia
madtbone: tsia
bear: and not a very comely one at that
CBS Caught! FCC Investigates
**Exclusive** Drudge Report  
Top CBS executives approved a musical skit where Janet Jackson would expose her breast during the MTV-produced Super Bowl half-time concert, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned.  
"The decision to go forward went to the very top of the network," a well-placed source explained from New York.  
The groundbreaking scene came during the most-watched television broadcast of the year -- and during the dinner hour for the nation's west coast viewers.  
Officially, CBS drew distance from the show: "CBS deeply regrets the incident that occurred during the Super Bowl halftime show," the network said in a release. "We attended all rehearsals throughout the week and there was no indication that any such thing would happen. The moment did not conform to CBS broadcast standards and we would like to apologize to anyone who was offended."  
In a press release before Sunday's game, CBS's sister outlet [VIACOM's] MTV promised "Janet's Shocking Moments."  
"I'll get you naked by the end of this song," sang performer Justin Timberlake, moments before he ripped off Jackson's top, exposing a bare breast -- the nipple covered by a metal 'solar' nipple medallion.  
CBS's main New York switchboard was immediately bombarded with complaints about the stunt, network sources said late Sunday.  
The NFL claimed outrage over the stunt:  
Statement by NFL Executive Vice President Joe Browne regarding the Super Bowl halftime show: "We were extremely disappointed by elements of the MTV-produced Halftime show. They were totally inconsistent with assurances our office was given about the show. It's unlikely that MTV will produce another Super Bowl halftime."  
glitch p-udding: i'm sort of confused. does anybody actually read the links they comment on? the link has all the images and the full story, yet people requested and reposted all these things in the comment.  
on another note....powell @ fcc is furious and launch a probe. glad to see we're focusing on important things.
FuzzyDave: This is just another Non-Event, like the Britney/Madonna Thing from a few weeks back. A lot of sound and fury signifying nothing. I saw more exposed nipples on Spike TV's Sports Illustrated Swimsuit marathon preceeding the game.
lorddimwit: Shakespeare references on linkfilter make me wary.  
I'm watching you, Fuzzy.
FuzzyDave: Fi, my lord, Fi!  
Nail your wariness to the sticking post and Suck It!
glitch p-udding: the reason i originally posted was ignorance on my part. i walked in at the very end of the show and only saw the "event". i couldn't figure out why janet was even there.  
while this still isn't really news....they one-upped madonna/britney/xtina.  
1. the friggin superbowl!  
2. primetime!  
3. broadcast network!  
4. the friggin superbowl!  
congrats to janet jackson....she totally stole the show. and this was entirely unexpected by the viewing audience. the madonna kiss thing wasd so lame and predictable and just plain boring.
A contest?
astranger: I propose a contest: Who can find the stupidest news coverage* of this story.  
Here is another.  
* I sincerely apologize for use of that term.
Oh. Gootness  
This is by far Justin Timberlake's crowning achievement.
CBS apologized on Sunday for an "unexpectedly" R-rated end?
bear: Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake can breathe a sigh of relief - Tennessee banker Terri Carlin has dropped her lawsuit against them following their Super Bowl performance. Knoxville resident Carlin sued the two pop stars, MTV, CBS and their parent company Viacom last Wednesday for millions of dollars in compensatory and punitive damages, following Jackson's breast exposure on live TV. Carlin filed the suit in the Us District Court claiming the February 1 half-time show had caused her "outrage, anger, embarrassment and serious injury," adding she was suing the stars on behalf of "all Americans". After filing the suit, Carlin and her attorney Wayne A Ritchie II received hundreds of phone calls and mail from fellow outraged Americans, who wanted to be included in the now-defunct legal battle.