Is Janet Jackson about to make a grand return to the Super Bowl stage?
That is the question many have been asking ever since Justin Timberlake was officially announced as the 2018 Halftime Show headliner.
Well, it appears the 51-year-old diva may indeed be gearing up for a jaw-dropping showing.
Citing a source close to the mother of one, ET reports that although there’s not been a reach out yet, Janet would do it:
“The door is wide open. If Justin or his team did reach out, Janet would perform with him again in a minute.”
The news comes after an NFL exec insisted this week that Janet is not banned. A stance that is a stark turn-around from just a few years ago.
As inscribed in pop culture history, the pair’s 2004 performance caused all sorts of waves when Timberlake ripped a piece of Jackson’s clothing revealing her breast to millions.
Though both have insisted it was an accident, their subsequent treatment couldn’t have been more different.
JT’s career went on unscathed, while Janet was blacklisted from radio and TV for several years and only recently has begun to get her stride back.
The lack of equality – particularly as pertains race and gender – has been a sore spot for fans and cultural commentators for years, and the bandaid was ripped all the way off when Timberlake’s Bowl gig was confirmed.
For us, it would be a smart move for all involved.
The social climate couldn’t be any worse for Justin to secure this particular gig (see: NFL race drama, Black Lives Matter, social media era). So, what better way to combat the inevitable backlash than to confront the situation head-on by doing a redeeming re-run with Janet and closing the chapter with an ending that benefits all?
As for Janet, she’d be able to remind the masses that she’s a megastar titan whose talent cannot and will not be defined by one “moment.” It’d also prove beneficial to any future touring and new music ventures of hers. Because no matter which way it’s diced or sliced, 100 million viewers is 100 million viewers. From where we’re standing, that’s an audience pool too big to deny or dismiss.
Put simply, this almost needs to happen. Because should it not, it’d be a grossly missed opportunity for all.