The Surpreme Court has rejected the lower-court appeal in the Janet Jackson / Justin Timberlake Super Bowl indecency case, so there will be no fines dished out for the famous wardrobe malfunction after all.
“We are gratified to finally put this episode behind us. It’s been more than eight years since we expressed deep regret for the Super Bowl halftime show.
As observers of this issue are aware, at that time we took immediate steps to implement delays on all live entertainment programs so that we could safeguard against similar incidents of unintended and spontaneous snippets of live broadcasts.
Since then, all we ever sought was an affirmation of the long established policy of balanced, consistent and deliberate indecency enforcement the FCC had followed for decades before the incident.”
However, future incidents like this will not get a free pass! The NFL and the networks have made it a point over the past nine years to make sure the half time show is more family friendly, though there was an incident this year with MIA giving the camera the middle finger during her performance with Madonna.