Tom Brady Reflects on Janet Jackson's 2004 Super Bowl Halftime Performance

The Super Bowl is the most-watched sporting event in the United States, with millions of viewers tuning in every year to watch the game, the commercials, and the halftime show.

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Tom Brady Reflects on Janet Jackson's 2004 Super Bowl Halftime Performance

The Super Bowl is the most-watched sporting event in the United States, with millions of viewers tuning in every year to watch the game, the commercials, and the halftime show. And, in 2004, one halftime performance in particular stood out, thanks to a wardrobe malfunction that shocked the country and generated endless controversy.

Janet Jackson's performance with Justin Timberlake became the most infamous halftime show in history. And, now, one of football's biggest stars, Tom Brady, has weighed in on the incident, saying it was actually good for the NFL.

The Performance

In 2004, Janet Jackson was part of an ensemble Super Bowl performance that included Timberlake, Nelly, Diddy, Jessica Simpson, and Kid Rock. At the end of the show, Jackson and Timberlake performed his song "Rock Your Body." When Timberlake sang the lyric, "Bet I'll have you naked by the end of this song," he pulled off a piece of Jackson's top, which exposed her breast, with her nipple covered only by body jewelry.

The Aftermath

On the "Let's Go!" podcast, Brady said that he generally didn't watch halftime shows during his 10 Super Bowl appearances. However, he remembered the controversy surrounding the 2004 show. "[The media was] asking me about that.

I couldn't even understand what they were telling me about. They were like, 'Did you see the halftime show?' and I said, 'Nah, I didn't see anything. I was thinking about the game' … It took a while for us to figure out exactly what had gone on." Brady went on to say that when it comes to the 2004 halftime show, any press is good press.

"I think in the end, it was probably a good thing for the NFL because everyone got to talk about it," the 45-year-old said. "And it was just more publicity and more publicity for halftime shows. Is any publicity bad publicity? That's what they say, so, who knows?"

Janet Jackson's Reflections

In a Jan.

2022 interview with Allure, Jackson commented on the Super Bowl performance and talked about how she got through the backlash. "What's really important is going back to having that foundation. Not just family, but God. That's what really pulled me through," she said.

"It's tough for me to talk about that time."

Justin Timberlake's Apology

Timberlake commented on the incident in 2021 and publicly apologized to Jackson. Timberlake had been seen as letting her take the heat while not recognizing his privilege.

"I am deeply sorry for the times in my life where my actions contributed to the problem, where I spoke out of turn, or did not speak up for what was right," he wrote in a statement. "I understand that I fell short in these moments and in many others and have benefited from a system that condones misogyny and racism."

Moving Forward

As reported by L'Officiel, in her 2022 Lifetime documentary, Jackson said, "Justin and I are very good friends and we always will be.

We talked a few days ago. He and I have moved on and it's time for everyone to do the same." The 2004 Super Bowl halftime show featuring Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake was one of the most memorable in history. Although the controversy surrounding the "wardrobe malfunction" was significant, it did not stop the NFL from benefiting from the increased publicity.

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