/  11.02.2021


A new documentary from FX, Hulu and The New York Times will examine Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake’s infamous 2004 Super Bowl halftime show, Deadline reports. According to the outlet, Malfunction: The Dressing Down of Janet Jackson will air simultaneously on FX and Hulu at 10 p.m. EST on Nov. 19.

According to Deadline, the film will uncover the “racial and cultural currents that collided on the Super Bowl stage” and explore “how the incident impacted one of the most successful pop musicians in history.”

Malfunction: The Dressing Down of Janet Jackson will reportedly feature rare footage and exclusive interviews with several people behind the Houston performance, including NFL and MTV executives, as well as music industry insiders, cultural critics and members of Jackson’s family.

The documentary will also feature new reporting on the incident by The Times and even examine former CBS executive Les Moonves’ role in the controversy.

A source previously claimed to Page Six that the film is “all about the fallout and the [law]suits [and] who fucked over Janet [at] Viacom.” Neither Jackson nor Timberlake were involved in the project.

Timberlake publicly apologized to Jackson for the performance’s aftermath and his own response earlier this year. On social media, the 40-year-old took responsibility for moments “where I spoke out of turn or did not speak up for what was right” and specifically addressed both Jackson and his ex-girlfriend Britney Spears.

“I understand that I fell short in these moments and in many others and benefited from a system that condones misogyny and racism,” he added.

Jackson’s fans have long pointed out the difference in public perception regarding the two singers. While Jackson faced public scrutiny and missed opportunities after the infamous halftime show, Timberlake’s career carried on unscathed. During a 2006 interview with Oprah Winfrey, Jackson revealed she felt that Timberlake allowed her to bear the brunt of the backlash, saying, “All the emphasis was put on me.”

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