Date: February 4, 2004
Janet Jackson’s duet with Justin Timberlake during the Super Bowl XXXVIII halftime show will never be remembered for its musical excellence, but, rather, for the notorious nip-slip that made networks everywhere rethink just how live they air these types of events. During the performance, Timberlake inexplicably reached over to Jackson’s outfit and ripped off a portion of it, exposing her right breast to the world.
Though it was only exposed for a second, that was more than enough time for audiences everywhere to pause their Tivo’s and put video footage online. The fallout led to stricter standards for future Super Bowl telecasts and live event coverage everywhere. It also brought into question just how much sex networks should be allowed to sell to the public.