The movement was started by NFL player-turned-director Matthew A. Cherry.
In response to Justin Timberlake returning for the halftime show 14 years after Nipplegate without the legendary singer by his side, fans have taken to social media to honor the performer in their own way. Jackson confirmed Saturday she would not be popping up as a surprise guest, adding, "Thank you for your support and I do look forward to seeing you all very soon."
The hashtag #JanetJacksonAppreciationDay quickly became the #2 trend on Twitter on Sunday morning, second to #SuperBowlSunday. Started by NFL player-turned director Matthew A. Cherry, the hashtag is designed for fans to "celebrate her the way she deserves to be celebrated!"
It all started with this tweet on Friday:
So far, the trend has already garnered the support of Janet's nephew, Taj Jackson, who tweeted on Saturday, "Yep! Major props go to @MatthewACherry for getting this party started. I'm ready for tomorrow."
Janet will not be performing today but she will be at @essencefest and all the OGs @AprilDRyan @rolandsmartin will be blocking the aisle dancing with her!! I'll bring the icy hot for everyone 😂🔥#JanetJacksonAppreciationDay— Loni Love (@LoniLove) February 4, 2018
“With music by our side, to break the color lines, let’s work together to improve our way of life, join voices in protest to social injustice, A generation full of courage, we are a part of the Rhythm Nation” #JanetJacksonAppreciationDay pic.twitter.com/0JYjNlNoBz— Loni Love (@LoniLove) February 4, 2018
#JanetJacksonAppreciationDay This is one of my faves with Janet and the late great Heavy D. I can't wait to see Janet again at @Essence Fest! It will be on this year! @rolandsmartin @LoniLove @tamronhall we will be dancing down front again Hard! https://t.co/GNyO8Y5hfu— AprilDRyan (@AprilDRyan) February 4, 2018
She gave rhythm to a nation— The Root (@TheRoot) February 4, 2018
She made you realize that you don’t know what you got until it’s gone
She took CONTROL!
She is the one, the iconic, @JanetJackson! #JanetJacksonAppreciationDay pic.twitter.com/aJYLsn5GNd
Time for my #JanetJacksonAppreciationDay— George M Johnson (@IamGMJohnson) February 4, 2018
All the amazing things she has done (per Billboard). Time to celebrate the ICON!!!
1. She released her self-titled debut album Janet Jackson in 1982, at sixteen years old.
2. She performed on American Bandstand and Soul Train in 1982. pic.twitter.com/pkjEU2vnrz
In 1997 Janet released an anthem to a friend she lost to HIV/AIDS called Together Again. It’s a beautiful and empowering song, and the video she released with it is stunning. #JanetJacksonAppreciationDay pic.twitter.com/erZxhrPjZO— Calvin (@calvinstowell) February 4, 2018
We are in a race between education and catastrophe #JanetJacksonAppreciationDay— Sam Sparro (@samsparro) February 4, 2018
Janet Jackson really made one of the greatest videos of all time by herself dancing in an abandoned warehouse. "Pleasure Principle." Almost 31 years later and your faves still can't keep up. #JanetJacksonAppreciationDay pic.twitter.com/hGqeRh3GCj— Donald Trump is a RACIST & my name is Kevin Allred (@KevinAllred) February 3, 2018
Today, let's all remember that the outrage was directed at a black woman instead of a white man. #JanetJacksonAppreciationDay— Pé Resists (@4everNeverTrump) February 4, 2018