Talk of who will perform at Super Bowl LII has been swirling for weeks. Jay-Z was rumored to be have been offered the gig, but reports claim that he turned down the opportunity in support of Colin Kaepernick. On Sunday (Oct. 23) with help from his friend Jimmy Fallon, Justin Timberlake confirmed that he has secured the coveted gig stating, “I DO have the time. Half the time…”
— Justin Timberlake (@jtimberlake) October 23, 2017
This will mark Timberlake’s third time performing at the Super Bowl (2001 & 2004), but his first since the controversy with Janet Jackson. In 2004 Timberlake performed with Janet Jackson and exposing one of her breast. Timberlake later apologized and Jackson’s camp said “it was a wardrobe malfunction.” However The Federal Communication Commission leveled a half a million dollar fine against CBS and later instituted a video delay.
Not everyone is happy about the announcement. Black Twitter ripped into Justin for accepting the gig after they felt he left Janet out to dry following 2004, sparking the hashtags #Janet & #JusticeForJanet.
Seriously, Justin Timberlake is trash for accepting that Superbowl Gig while Janet is still banned. No one gives a shit about black women
— Rae Sanni (@raesanni) October 23, 2017
— Elgin Charles (@ElginCharles) October 23, 2017
Many assumed that Janet was banned from the NFL and blacklisted by the music industry, but they are incorrect according to the NFL. TMZ reported that when they reach out to the NFL, they were told straight-up, “There’s no ban.”
Super Bowl LII will take place Feb. 4 in Minneapolis.