Black Lives Matter protests Super Bowl, demands US$1 billion in reparations for ‘wronged’ Janet Jackson
Houston, TX — Black Lives Matter protesters have organized a surprise rally in Houston today to protest the “racist patriarchy” of the Super Bowl and demand that reparations be made to Janet Jackson, whose career was destroyed after the 2004 “Nipplegate” halftime show scandal.
Standing outside the NRG Stadium, BLM protesters chanted “Justice For Janet” as preparations for Super Bowl LI were underway inside.
“We are here to shine a light on the oppressive racism that is at the core of Super Bowl and want to right the wrong that was done to Janet Jackson 13 years ago,” said BLM Houston leader Jerry Ford Jr. “Her name and career were destroyed, and for that Super Bowl must pay reparations commensurate to the income she has lost since.”
Jackson’s career suffered a significant downturn following her appearance at the Super Bowl XXXVIII halftime show during which her breast, adorned with a nipple shield, was exposed by Justin Timberlake for about half a second. The backlash to the “wardrobe malfunction” was severe and resulted in a record US $550,000 fine slapped by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) against CBS. The FCC fine was later overturned in 2011 after a Supreme Court legal challenge, but Jackson’s career and reputation have never been able to recover.
“If Janet were a white woman, she probably would not have been subjected to the harsh racist treatment that she endured in 2004 and to this day,” said Ford Jr. “We are here to say that it is time to fix this grave injustice.”
When asked what amount of money should be given to Jackson in reparations, the protesters shouted in unison, “1 billion dollars!”
The National Football League has been contacted for comment but has not provided a statement as of press time.