The following images tell an interesting tale. Especially in light of the denials by Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake and other parties that the "revealed breast" at the Super Bowl Halftime was an unplanned accident of wardrobe malfunction. Since most people haven't seen the breast itself, they are probably assuming it was just a breast. On the contrary. This was no case of slippery busom and improper fitting, much less distressed special-effect costuming. Jackson if you're nasty is sporting a monstrance sized nipple clamp, resembling the SOL sun symbol of ancient Roman religion.
A decade ago this week, 90 million people glimpsed a teensy bit more of Janet Jackson than they were expecting. Daytime soap operas toned down steamier storylines as producers were replaced and FCC commissioners called for a reevaluation of their standards. But Jackson and Timberlake also changed how the country experiences live television events like the Super Bowl itself. Famously, the incident motivated an estimated 35, people to sign up for TiVo, and a co-founder of YouTube would mention in interviews how the difficulty of finding the halftime show online helped inspire the creation of the video service.
Rob Sheffield ranks all the Super Bowl halftime shows ever, from worst to best. Sexually suggestive dance moves courtesy of fellow halftime performers Nelly and Diddy also helped put prude viewers on edge before the Nipple-gate opened. Timberlake, red lace in his left hand, looks appalled as producers cut away to a distant long shot and firework display.