Much like its ‘Framing Britney Spears’ documentary, the New York Times’ “Malfunction: The Dressing Down of Janet Jackson” – which premiered via FX/HULU Friday (November 19) – explored the who’s, what’s, and why’s that led to the career damage of one of Pop music’s most revered female acts.
Also like the Spears flick before it, ‘Malfunction’ is inciting its subject’s fans to take action – this time in a movement to right the wrongs that followed the fallout of Jackson’s 2004 Super Bowl incident.
Chief among those in the sights of the #JusticeforJanet movement is EMMY-winning news anchor and TV producer Mark S. Allen. See why inside:
Oh, don’t think I forgot about this @tvmarksallen, I’m talking to you. All of you are getting called out who put Ms. Jackson through HELL at that time! This was ignorant and disgusting, and all three of you knew it! #JusticeForJanet #JanetJackson pic.twitter.com/bMkpOBex30
— R&RForever1814 (@TruLogic94) November 20, 2021
As seen in the 2007 clip above, Jackson was joined by ‘Why Did I Get Married?’ creator and co-star Tyler Perry on the promo trail in support of the film. While visiting a CBS-affiliate news station in Sacramento, the duo were blindsided by questions about the Super Bowl – with Allen leading the charge with inappropriate jokes about ‘wardrobe malfunctions’ and more.
Though Janet opted to remain silent during the awkward encounter, Perry – to no avail – attempted to redirect the interviewer’s line of questioning. The unnerving scene made a ruckus at the time as the station was flooded with over 19,000 e-mails in the singer’s defense, prompting them and Allen to lend an apology before he was terminated (as seen here). He would go on to win multiple EMMYs, produce shows for Comedy Central and others, and be arrested for DUI in the years since.
In the wake of the FX/HULU doc, the 14-year-old incident has presently made its way to trending status as advocates for the Pop Queen are demanding another public apology from Mark and have taken to his social media handles to make sure their complaints are heard loud and clear.
See what we mean below:
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