Lisa de Moraes of The Washington Post spoke with *NSYNC star JC Chasez after his bandmate Justin Timberlake exposed the breast of Janet Jackson at the Super Bowl, leading to the NFL to cancel his appearance at the Pro Bowl. Chasez told The Post that Justin hadn’t contacted him to offer condolences for the damage Chasez has suffered because of that Super Bowl halftime peep show, but he’s okay with it because he knows that Timberlake is “dealing with his own demons.” Asked whether he thought CBS should allow Jackson and Timberlake to perform at the Grammys, Chasez responded, “I think everybody [involved] should be reprimanded, but I don’t know to what extent. One of the things I don’t want to see is CBS put a stranglehold on the entire industry by banning videos that were okay on MTV a week ago… To treat people like they’re stupid and censor things from them is wrong.”
Janet Jackson Still Finds Some Viacom Support At BET
February 6, 2004 – The New York Daily News reports that even though CBS and MTV wasted no time disclaiming responsibility for Janet’s breast-baring stunt, one member of the Viacom corporate family is standing by the embattled her. Yesterday, BET issued a press release touting Jackson’s participation in its 10-part Black History Month series, ‘Pass It On.’ The release quotes BET President Debra Lee: “Janet is a believer in the individual and collective greatness of African-American men and women.” BET spokesman Michael Lewellen explained: “Obviously, there is some positive news amidst the storm that continues to rage. But the timing is purely coincidental. This is the first week of Black History Month, after all.”
Is Race A Factor In Janet Jackson’s Breast-Baring Incident?
February 6, 2004 – MSNBC-TV’s Alex Witt interviewed radio talk show host Joe Madison and Congress for Racial Equality’s Niger Innis about whether race plays a part in the Janet breast baring incident at the Super Bowl last weekend. Madison argued that *NSYNC star Justin Timberlake “punked out”, as did everyone else involved as they deny blame, while Janet showed some guts to accept responsibility. Innis praised the investigation by FCC head Michael Powell. Video for the interview has since been removed at MSN.
Outrage At Janet Jackson: Double Standard?
February 6, 2004 – Najee Ali, the executive director of The Project Islamic Hope Concern, spoke with Bill O’Reilly on ‘The O’Reilly Factor’ on Thursday (February 5) to discuss his disgust with Janet being reportedly booted from the Grammy Awards, while someone like R. Kelly, who is up for awards and is facing child sex charges, is being allowed to attend.
Ali said, “We feel it’s very hypocritical that someone like R. Kelly, someone who should be in jail, someone who is facing almost two dozen counts and charges for sexual abuse, sexual molestation of a minor, and possessing child pornography is allowed to be at the Grammys, but someone like Janet Jackson, who has committed no crime, all of a sudden has been disinvited from the Grammys.”
O’Reilly argued, “There’s always a bit of punishment after you do something wrong, even if you do apologize. And this seems to be in context inappropriate. If I were CBS and she did to me what she did to CBS, I certainly would say you’re not welcome on the Grammy broadcast as a punishment for what you did to us during the Superbowl.”
Check out the interview transcript here.
Trent Lott Comments On Janet Jackson’s Breast Flash
February 6, 2004 – MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough delivered over 1,000 emails to Capitol Hill, all complaints about the Janet breast-baring incident at the Super Bowl. He also talked to Republican Senator Trent Lott about what can be done about the declining quality of media.