Janet Jackson’s nipple changed entertainment as we know it. The collective freakout after the 2004 Super Bowl halftime show forced all new rules on television and radio — mostly self-imposed standards, but still. Who can forget scenes like this:
At long last, the Obama administration is rolling back the outrage.
The White House has asked the United States Supreme Court to review the Federal Communications Commission’s decision to fine CBS $550,000 for airing a split-second shot of Jackson’s breast during the 2004 Super Bowl.
As Politico reports, Solicitor General Donald Verrilli Jr. is arguing that the $550,000 fine was warranted “because the indecency rules cover ‘fleeting nudity.’”
You know, everyone blamed Janet Jackson, but Justin Timberlake was equally if not not more to blame for the nipple thing. Oh, and here’s the obvious thing: it was just a partially exposed nipple! Oy.