If you haven’t heard the news yet, and the headline of this article hasn’t given it away, then let me be the first to tell you that former NSync-er and maker of entirely-too-long albums Justin Timberlake will headline the 2018 Super Bowl halftime show.
Which brings me to the one and only thing that needs to be said: if Janet Jackson does not appear on stage, there’s gonna be a problem.
Since the announcement, plenty of people have taken to Twitter to remind the internet that, 14 years after their appearance together at the Super Bowl, Timberlake and Jackson had opposite career trajectories. Timberlake went on to be one of the biggest pop stars in the country, and attempt to be in some films, while Jackson was blackballed because she gaps! has breasts.
If Justin Timberlake doesn’t bring out Janet Jackson at the Super Bowl halftime I’m gonna take a knee
— Ray Rahman (@RayRahman) October 23, 2017
— shauna (@goldengateblond) October 23, 2017
JUSTICE FOR JANET pic.twitter.com/PBjvsxC7SH
— Ashley Spencer (@AshleyySpencer) October 23, 2017
.@jtimberlake still ensuring white privilege remains in style in 2017. Meanwhile, Janet Jackson is still left in the cold.
My only request is that you don’t perform any of the music inspired by her brother or any Black artist.
You love our culture, but disrespect our people. https://t.co/VTVWiGponv
— Ernest Owens (@MrErnestOwens) October 23, 2017
For anyone wondering why Justin Timberlake being invited to perform at the Super Bowl is an insult to Janet Jackson’s legacy – an essay… pic.twitter.com/ndFLLMbBP6
— Daniel J. Layton (@DanielJLayton) October 23, 2017
The NFL banned Janet Jackson but they are bringing back Justin Timberlake to perform because Justin has the complexion for the protection pic.twitter.com/FwP0EY2wUk
— Tariq Nasheed (@tariqnasheed) October 23, 2017
As of Monday Morning, TMZ reports that an NFL spokesperson confirmed that Jackson is, contrary to popular belief, not banned from the most watched televised concert of the year. Therefore, it’s official: there’s no reason for Timberlake’s 15 minutes on national television, approximately the same amount of time as two of his long-ass songs, to not include Janet Jackson.
Your move, Timberlake.