It’s been a decade since Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake put on the most controversial halftime show in Super Bowl history. Timberlake concluded the show by exposing Jackson’s breast to the shock of the world. In ESPN The Magazine’s ‘Music Issue’, Marin Cogan speaks with several figures who played key roles in the controversy, including ex-FCC chairman Michael Powell, according to USA TODAY Sports.
“I think we’ve been removed from this long enough for me to tell you that I had to put my best version of outrage on that I could put on,” Powell says in the exposé In the Beginning, there was a Nipple which hits newsstands Friday. “Part of it was surreal, right? Look, I think it was dumb to happen, and they knew the rules and were flirting with them, and my job is to enforce the rules, but, you know, really? This is what we’re gonna do?”
The paper reports Powell and the FCC fined CBS $550,000 for the incident, the largest sum in history at the time. MTV executive producer Salli Frattini, who oversaw the halftime show, wasn’t immediately aware of what had occurred.
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