The 10th Anniversary of the "Wardrobe Malfunction"

Friday, January 31, 2014


10 years ago, the 90 million people who were watching the 38th Super Bowl's half time show bore witness to the first so-called "wardrobe malfunction" when Justin Timberlake accidentally exposed Janet Jackson's breast. That nine-sixteenths of a second had profound and far reaching effects on our culture, writes Marin Cogan for ESPN Magazine. Brooke talks with Cogan about her article, "In the Beginning, There Was a Nipple," that explores how history changed in the wake of "Nipplegate."


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Comments [4]

John T.

It's amazing how information gets spread over the web, even if it's not likely to be true. How did anyone measure that 9/16th of a second? If it was actually on TV, the 16th is impossible. Television is 30 frames per second or 60 fields per second in good old broadcast NTSC. 1 frame is a 30th of a second 2 frames is a 15th and so on. Even if the reporter counted fields by watching the video on a professional videotape player that will display fields, the number is wrong. The closest you can get is 36 out of 60 fields, which is 9/15th of a second. It sort of makes you wonder about the review process. Did the editor (assuming there was one) write, "saying just over a half second doesn't have any zing. How about 9/16th?"

Feb. 07 2014 10:45 AM
Roy from queens

Edit: "exploration" is meant to be "explosion".

Feb. 01 2014 05:18 AM
Roy from queens

When the hysteria happened, I was embarrassed as a human being, let alone an American. We were attacked some years earlier and somehow most of us forgot that freedom and maturity go hand in hand, even in terms of a broadcasted accident. Talking about freedom is one thing, but it has become sadly selective in the minds of self-appointed, bluenose idiots. I wonder if they would hold their asinine beliefs of broadcast indecency after an American city was destroyed by a nuclear exploration. Sadly and probably, I would be right, and that would be really indecent.

Feb. 01 2014 05:06 AM
Benoit Balz from Nyc

Welcome to the USA, USA!

Where you can see 100 fake deaths and dead bodies on TV every hour, and guns shooting and pointing everywhere.

Fighting wars and killing people and our own people all over the world.

But show a live woman's nipple, and the nations FREAKS OUT with reverberations through the idiotic culture lasting ten years...

Jan. 31 2014 09:15 PM

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