One More Time For The People In Back: Janet Jackson Will Not Appear At The Superbowl (And It’s A No For The Prince Hologram Too)
The infamous “Nipplegate” fiasco that took place in 2004 in which singer Justin Timberlake and musical icon Janet Jackson took to the Superbowl Halftime stage left a lasting impression on fans for what many would say were all the wrong reasons. Sticky fingers of a boy band star, an exposed nipple shield and the woman who brought us “Rhythm Nation” being banned from future shows were what was left in the performance’s wreckage and since then fans have had some trust issues with JT as well as the Superbowl Halftime show itself. It’s no surprise that when it was announced that the “Man Of The Woods” singer was selected to hit the Superbowl Halftime show stage again this year, social media users far and wide adopted the #JusticeForJanet hashtag and wondered would there be a reunion or at the very least a public apology since it seemed that JT got away with nothing more than a slap on the wrist for his participation in the baring of the boob. Well, in case you haven’t heard by now, Ms. Jackson will be nowhere near the NFL’s biggest event of the year and she is completely unbothered by it all. Shoot, she has EssenceFest to prepare for anyway.
VIBE reports that during a press conference last week, JT revealed that while he would love to have a powerhouse performer join him on stage, the best fans will be getting is his band, The Tennessee Kids:
“To be honest I had a ton of grand ideas about special guests. There’s a whole list. I think Vegas has a lot of odds on it. From NSYNC to (Jay-Z) to Chris Stapleton to Janet.”
“But this year… my band, the Tennessee Kids, I feel like they are my special guests and I am excited this year to rock the stage and it’s going to be a lot of fun.”
And in case you thought JT was trying to pull a fast one, Ms. Jackson took to Twitter herself to remind fans that while she appreciates the love, she wants no parts of the football festivities:
This might be the year that fans will actually be tuning in for the game and skipping the halftime show. Critics are slamming JT’s latest “Man of The Woods”, an album that the former member of N’Sync admits is a departure from his clever blend of pop and R&B and is inspired by his country roots. Many fans expressed doubt that he could hold down a halftime show on his own, so rumors of a Prince hologram making an appearance recently popped up on the internet bringing even more negative commentary from fans, especially since the late Minneapolis hero was strongly opposed to false images like holograms even once calling them “demonic”. Ten years ago, in an interview with Guitar World, Prince expressed why he would never want his likeness or his music used in that way:
“That’s the most demonic thing imaginable. Everything is as it is, and it should be. If I was meant to jam with Duke Ellington, we would have lived in the same age. That whole virtual reality thing… it really is demonic. And I am not a demon.”
“Also, what they did with that Beatles song [“Free As a Bird”], manipulating John Lennon’s voice to have him singing from across the grave… that’ll never happen to me. To prevent that kind of thing from happening is another reason why I want artistic control.”
A Twitter account run by Prince’s brother Omarr Baker confirmed that you better pull out your Purple Rain DVD because that’s the only way you’ll see Prince performing this Sunday:
Do you think JT can keep folks from making a beer run during halftime this year?