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Friday, February 06, 2004

My Last Comment On Nipplegate

Has anyone else sensed a mysogynistic undertone to the outrage over Janet Jackson's exposed breast on the Superbowl halftime show? Janet Jackson will no longer be a presenter at the Grammys this week, yet Justin Timberlake will be performing a duet with Christina Aguilera.

Janet is ostracised, and Justin Timberlake's career continues on, unabated...How is that fair? After all, he was the one who exposed the breast. Of course, she was askin' for it, wasn't she, Justin? It was her idea in the first place, or so you've insisted to the media.

If you and your children were shocked and offended merely by Janet's bosom, why were you watching her in the first place? Did you think she was going to get up on the stage dressed like Marie Osmond? An exposed breast in the internet age just isn't shocking anymore, and I question why it should be. What was shocking was the image of a white man tearing off the clothing of a black woman.

America has a troubled history of racial relations. We're also a country where a woman is raped every two minutes, the symbolism of the performance is what we should be discussing; we should also consider what it says about us as a nation that we respond by only holding Janet accountable...Are we blaming the victim here, figuratively, if not literally?

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