Fans storm Twitter for the second year in a row to celebrate the music industry icon who received flak after Justin Timberlake exposed her nipple during the 2004 halftime show.
For the second year in a row, fans got the hashtag trending on social media. And it's certainly no coincidence that Super Bowl Sunday has been chosen for this celebration as this is the 15th anniversary of the infamous halftime show that temporarily derailed her career, while Justin Timberlake suffered no slowdown whatsoever.
It was, we suppose, her nipple that was exposed. But he is the one that exposed it, so there's that. Either way, it appears to have been an accident.
For many, the backlash that Jackson suffered and Timberlake apparently did not is indicative of the systemic racism and sexism of the entertainment industry, but it would have to be far more than just that industry. After all, Jackson was the one the media focused on, she had to release a public apology and many in the public at large turned on her as well.
And so last year -- when Justin played halftime -- her fans tried to spread a message of love and support, and a little bit of revenge, by getting #JanetJacksonAppreciationDay trending worldwide, at one point higher than the Super Bowl itself. And Sunday morning of this year, it was back.
It's a testament to the power of her fanbase and the outrage many still feel in how the aftermath of "Nipplegate" was handled in 2004 that this seems to be on its way to becoming an annual tradition driven entirely by the fans. It says a lot about the goodwill people have toward Jackson, who scored a spot in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for 2019, as well as their growing frustration with the NFL.
This new "holiday," as it were, emerged shortly after the league began receiving criticism for its handling of former quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who has not been signed to a team since the controversy that erupted in 2016 over his kneeling during the national anthem in protest of system racism in law enforcement.
That protest got misconstrued by the president and many in the conservative media as a statement somehow against the American military, and the American flag. As other players began to kneel or show their support for Kaepernick in other ways, tensions rose between the NFL and the liberal public with cries of racism emerging over Kaepernick's effective blacklisting from the league.
As that situation continues to permeate through the league -- evidenced by the celebrities who have said they refused to perform at the Super Bowl halftime show and the negative reaction Maroon 5 has endured for agreeing to perform this year.
The #JanetJacksonAppreciationDay hashtag itself remains mostly positive and supportive. It is simply a declaration of love for Janet Jackson, with a little bit of shade thrown in to boot.
Below is just a sampling of what was happening on social media Sunday morning:
#JanetJacksonAppreciationDay Let’s not forget how the white man/patriarchy/music industry tried to destroy the queen after her super bowl performance. The 2019 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee is still thriving though. We Stan. pic.twitter.com/317WNpQCLj— Lenny (@lenny23816843) February 3, 2019
Janet has always been a class act even sent me a large gift basket when THE 5HEARTBEATS 1st came out.There are a few that give their all when they perform and she is one of them! Congratulations and sending you nothing but love #JanetJacksonAppreciationDay#JanetJackson pic.twitter.com/LlWkKUikPJ— Robert Townsend (@Robert_Townsend) February 3, 2019
LET THE RECORD SHOW that when all your favourite White Moguls in Hollywood refused to finance Spike Lee's 'Malcolm X' biopic, Janet Jackson put her hands in her pockets and helped finance it.— Samar @TheMJAP (@TheMJAP) February 3, 2019
Put some respect on that family's name!
The 30-minute longform music video for @JanetJackson’s ‘Rhythm Nation 1814’ includes a captivating chair routine that would be imitated for years after. #JanetJacksonAppreciationDay pic.twitter.com/lFgMdB2Nf1— Nancy Wang Yuen (@nancywyuen) February 3, 2019
So many people tried to break her and put a stop to her career. But here we are, over a decade later and she’s back, stronger than ever. A Queen, Icon, and Legend. 💪🏾💖#JanetJacksonAppreciationDay pic.twitter.com/HmBeMeHXXp— 𝒱𝑒𝓁𝓋𝑒𝓉 𝑅𝑜𝓅𝑒 🧚🏾♀️ (@Lalaxo__) February 3, 2019
Janet Jackson...— DutchJanetFans (@DutchJanetFans) February 3, 2019
... is the most awarded living artist
... sold nearly 200 million albums
... has created ICONIC videos
... inspired most of todays artists
... did blockbuster movies
... has #1 albums in 4 decades#JanetJacksonAppreciationday#JusticeForDamitaJo #SuperBowl pic.twitter.com/Ekjco3rw36
Feb 3: There may be some game on, but let's not forget that the music industry tried to shut Miss Janet Jackson down after the "wardrobe malfunction." JT walked away free, and Janet had to deal with blacklisting from CBS, Viacom, and others.#JanetJacksonAppreciationDay pic.twitter.com/LKElEvSOax— Joey X (@joeyx666) February 3, 2019
Let’s not distract from the fact that @JanetJackson’s performance was one of the best the #SuperBowl will ever see (except JT).— ░ ░ CH A M E L E O N ░ ░ (@Chameleon876) February 3, 2019
Great stage, choreography, set and the edgy steampunk costumes.
I stan. #JanetJacksonRocks#JanetJacksonAppreciationDaypic.twitter.com/QI7BdK0MQP
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