#JanetJacksonAppreciationDay Is Trending Ahead Of Justin Timberlake’s Super Bowl Performance

Ever since the news broke that Justin Timberlake would be headlining the 2018 Super Bowl halftime show, there has been buzz about Janet Jackson joining him. Now that the singer has confirmed she will not be performing this evening, fans are choosing to celebrate #JanetJacksonAppreciationDay on Twitter instead of the highly-anticipated halftime performance.

After all, though 14 years have passed, it’s difficult to forget the 2004 halftime show when the two performed together and Timberlake exposed Jackson’s breast, a cultural incident that Jackson took much of the fall for. As Billboard reported, CBS asked Jackson to release a written apology taking “full blame” for the stunt and she was blacklisted from the Grammy’s the next week (though Timberlake was allowed to attend). In the aftermath, she lost a movie deal, radio play, and TV coverage — though Timberlake was the one to remove her clothing in the performance.

Now, Twitter is honoring Jackson and protesting the system that allowed her to become a national punch line with the hashtag #JanetJacksonAppreciationDay. The tag was started by Twitter user and filmmaker Matthew Cherry, and has already become a Twitter moment.

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