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When Justin Timberlake ripped off a piece of Janet Jackson’s costume and exposed her bare breast on national television, the Federal Communications Commission famously proposed a record fine of $550,0000 on CBS.
The network protested and the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals threw out the fine twice. Not backing down, the FCC then appealed to the US Supreme Court and now the highest court in the land has refused to hear the FCC’s request.
The Huffington Post says:
The appeals court didn’t say whether the incident was indecent, but only says the FCC’s policy of excusing fleeting instances of indecent words and images appeared to change without notice in March 2004, a month after Jackson’s halftime act. The judges said that made the agency’s action against CBS “arbitrary and capricious”.
But now, the FCC clearly has abandoned its exception for fleeting expletives, Chief Justice John Roberts said.
“It is now clear that the brevity of an indecent broadcast – be it word or image – cannot immunize it from FCC censure,” he said. “Any future `wardrobe malfunctions’ will not be protected on the ground relied on by the court below.”
In addition, Roberts said that calling it a “wardrobe malfunction” when Justin Timberlake ripped away part of Jackson’s bustier “strained the credulity of the public.”
CBS said it was grateful for the court’s decision.
“At every major turn of this process, the lower courts have sided with us,” the network said in a statement. “And now that the Supreme Court has brought this matter to a close, we look forward to the FCC heeding the call for the very balanced enforcement which was the hallmark of the commission for many, many years.”
There is no shortage of opinion concerning the 2004 incident and Janet Jackson has certainly bore the brunt of the criticism. Justin Timberlake, and now CBS, walk away wholly unscathed by the controversy. For her part, the 46-year-old superstar has shaken off those who have tried to shame her. Since the halftime show, she has released three albums and become the new spokesperson for NutriSystem.
In not electing to hear the case concerning that infamous Superbowl Halftime show, the Supreme Court has basically ruled that we all need to move on from it. Can they also rule that the “wardrobe malfunction” doesn’t give the Superbowl license to discriminate against all black R&B artists? I’m just saying, it’s been eight years.
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It’s happened to all of us before. A heel breaks on the subway or we look down and realize lunch just ended up on a skirt. Those little everyday wardrobe malfunctions have simple and cheap solutions your grandmother probably told you about. Forbes offers a list of tricks to handle little emergencies on the job. See how many you’ve heard of and used or find a new method to take care of a last minute problem.
Broken heels. If you’re heels are black, a few tight layers of thick electrical tape will provide the fastest and easiest solution. McGary, the founder of shopping site Danari Blu, offers a solution for shoes that aren’t black. When her metal stiletto came off at the base before an event, she grabbed two small nails and hammered the heel back onto the shoe.
“I knew glue wasn’t going to cut it,” she said to Forbes. “So nails were the only option. Luckily, it worked—and held through the event.”
If you’ve got a stubborn zipper, just rub a bit of graphite pencil over the stuck area. The dust will loosen up the zipper and allow you to quickly go about your day.
For stains, club soda offers the perfect solution. If you can’t find clob soda, then anything bubbly and clear will do like tonic or sprite. While water only penetrates and helps the stain to linger, McGary discloses that club soda is better than stain remover. Soak the area before blotting. Dry erase board cleaner also works well on stains, but before you begin applying it, test a small area to make sure it doesn’t bleach your clothes.
Got a torn hem? Staple it! Make sure to staple from the inside out. Double sided tape also works well on hems, shirt gaps and broken zippers.
When you’ve got a tear in your bra and you find yourself being stabbed mercilessly by the end of your underwire, grab some superglue. Head to the bathroom, push the wire back in and squeeze a bit in the hole. If you don’t have superglue, use tape. Although neither are a permanent solution, they’ll keep the fabric closed for the day.
Russell Simmons, shareholder to the site Global Grind (so THAT’S why they always have pictures of Angela Simmons!) took to the website today to talk about all the fuss over ex-3LW and Cheetah Girl Adrienne Bailon’s wardrobe malfunction at last night’s Caesars event in NYC. If you haven’t looked through our fashion gallery today (shame on you), then you probably haven’t seen the dress. But as you can see now, it was a pretty suspect one that had a see-through bottom.
I’m talking see-through back (but with beading covering the scandalous-ness) AND see-through front. However, the front had a big piece of fabric that was covering her up…or so we thought. Reality was, Bailon didn’t have any panties on underneath her dress, and when the wind blew that bad boy sideways, everybody caught a glimpse of her…vajay-jay (for some reason, we can’t say the regular V-word…). While she was smiling as she showed the world her business, according to Russell, who spoke to her this morning, she was actually mortified by it all. This is what HE claims she told him today. In tears:
The wind blew and despite what other girls may do, this is really a terrible accident to me. I’m really upset, but I’m even more upset about what my parents might think. I want to be known for my talent. I love the idea of being Hot, but I’ve never been in this business to sell sex, I’ve been in this business to sell my talent. The truth is, when you look at the pictures, you don’t realize that the wind really did blow my dress, and I don’t really know what else to say about it.
While Simmons wrote about the fact that he wouldn’t fault one of his daughters if it happened, the best response he gave was this: “Adrienne will be fine, as she is incredibly talented. This moment will blow over quicker than the wind that blew up her dress. Hold ya’ head up and your dress down. Keep smiling.”
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