Janet Jackson directly addresses the aftermath and allegations surrounding her Super Bowl Halftime Show with Justin Timberlake and the Grammy Award controversy in the second night of the two-part documentary Lifetime Janet Jackson.
While the first hour focuses more on Janet’s response to the sexual abuse allegations faced by her brother Michael Jackson, the second hour devotes considerable time to the 2004 Super Bowl performance. her work, leading to a media storm and backlash from conservative politicians and CBS, as well as an FCC investigation.
The retelling begins with Janet answering a question from the Timberlake team about whether she wants to return to performing at the Super Bowl with him in 2018. “When I think About it, will it it is in nice arrive it is in maybe arrive performances? Yes,” said Janet. “Ours family, we love and cherish entertain. But above the Flip edge belong to it, that is prolonged outside the past, revive anything else that happened end ten five formerly.”
The documentary then rewinds to the exact night, omitting the retelling of the mid-time performance, and combining archival footage of the performance and photographs with newly featured interviews. dancers of Janet, her then-partner Jermaine Dupri, and her sister Rebbie Jackson. Janet’s sister, who described the event as “appalling”, recounted how her two children at the show saw Janet cry as she left.
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In a recorded video, Janet also dispels rumors that there is still tension between them and encourages everyone to move on.
“Honestly, the whole thing has been blown out of proportion,” she said. “Of course, it was an accident. It shouldn’t have happened, but everyone is looking for someone to blame, and it has to stop. Justin and I were very good friends, and we will always be very good friends. We just talked a few days ago, he and I moved on, and it’s time for others to do the same.”
While there was no discussion of what could have led to the wardrobe being ripped, Janet and her supporters, including Dupri and her brother Tito Jackson, staunchly denied the moment. is intentional. “I get angry when people say she did it to create this hype,” Dupri said. “The way people try to play it is disgusting to me.”
Janet Jackson. also addressed the blacklisting and Grammy Awards controversy that followed, more directly than otherwise. While Janet made no specific statement about the blacklisting allegation, a video clip highlights a news clip that VH1 and MTV won’t be playing her new album. As for the Grammys, Janet said she was “uninvited”. Dupri, who was on the Grammys panel at the time, supported this. “I feel like surname already not respect arrive Janet, and I resignation in that point,” he said.
(Transparent Malfunctionthe New York Times‘documentary about Jackson, former director of communications for the Recording Academy, Ron Roecker, said that the Grammys never brought down the singer, and Jackson supported.)
The singer said she’s tried to avoid seeing a lot of backlash – which is doubly difficult emotionally given it comes in the midst of Michael Jackson’s sexual abuse trial – but she just couldn’t get away all. That includes “mature men” wishing badly of her and “Peveryone are coming upward arrive mine brothers and speech things, dream I will it is in put far.”
The remainder of the second hour looks at how Janet’s relationship with Dupri fell apart because of cheating, her unbreakable World Tour, the joys of having children and becoming a grandma mother at age 50, the debut of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Janet’s musical impact on other female artists, and how the Jackson family handled the deaths of her father Joe and brother Michael.
“There was no privacy at all,” Rebbie recalls Michael’s passing, before the scene where Katherine Jackson bursts into tears. “Even on the street where my mom lives, you can’t even drive down the street.”
“The last thing we said to each other was I love you, and that was the last time I saw him,” Janet said. “But at least we have that.”
The show’s first hour offers a closer look at how when Michael was alive, Janet handled the charges against him. Janet revealed that initial allegation – made by a then 13-year-old boy who had visited Michael’s Neverland Ranch – had “depressed” her and a commercial deal with Coca-Cola was in the offing. ready to be signed. Janet recalls: “When that came up, Coca-Cola didn’t say thank you.
“My brother would never do something like that, but I still blame the association. That’s what they call it, right? ‘ Janet said before denying the charges against Michael. “He doesn’t have that in him.”
Janet says the family has stood by Michael’s side, even moving into his Neverland ranch “to make sure Mike knows he has the family’s support”. Part of the family’s way of showing that support was by offering to reunite the Jacksons on a tour with a Janet opening, but Michael didn’t respond to that.
“There are people who want to keep him where he is, where they can control him,” she said of her brother’s changing behavior. “I’m really upset because we didn’t grow up like that.”
However, Janet was able to record “Scream” with her brother, a process that she and others, along with video footage, recount. While the music video is powerful and full of energy, it’s exceptionally “difficult” to complete. The three-day video that turned into a $7 million effort far exceeded the expected timeframe that the leader of the chart said she forgot how long they worked. It was a challenge she said she wanted to “feel like the old days between him and me,” but it didn’t.
“Michael shoots at night, I shoot day. His record company, they’re going to block his entire rehearsal so I can’t see what’s going on. They didn’t want me to go to the set,” Janet said. “I feel like they’re trying to make it very competitive between the two of us. It really hurt me because I felt like I was there to fight him. Not to fight him. “
As for her brother’s guilt, Janet went on to say that Michael settled that initial allegation because “he just wanted it to go away, but that sounds like you’re guilty.”
While documentaries can get heavy moments that show how Janet has been tested in her career, The rest of the night ranks her groundbreaking art and industry influence.
Besides thinking about her record label bidding wars in the early 90s and her first feature film experience poetic justice, the documentary celebrates the success of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, her support of social causes such as fighting the HIV/AIDS pandemic, and her portrayal of her sexuality as part of her negative image. her pop music. That includes her famous topless Rolling Stone cover with René Elizondo Jr., a move that artists like Mariah Carey, Teyana Taylor and Ciara say “broke a door” so female artists don’t get scared.
As for why Janet made her own documentary, she said it was an attempt, like from the early days of her career, to regain control.
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