In the countdown to Sunday's Super Bowl kickoff, controversies over the championship's halftime show have garnered as much coverage as the game itself. And much of it crashing down on the show's headliner, Justin Timberlake.>> And they were like,
uld you come and do the halftime show? And I was like, yeah.
>> Among the outrage, the performer's plan to project a hologram of recently deceased rockstar Prince. Prince, who died in 2016, headlined the halftime show in 2007. His performance is credited as one of the spectacle's greatest. But backlash against using the image of the Minnesota legend, who was famously and fiercely protective of his name, brand and intellectual property, was so strong that holo plans were cancelled just hours before the game.
But a hologram wasn't the only ghost haunting Timberlake. Critics resurrected his last Super Bowl performance in 2004. That was the infamous wardrobe malfunction, when he appeared to tear off a piece of co-performer Janet Jackson's outfit, exposing her breast. 14 years gone, but not forgotten. Since the NFL announced that Timberlake would return to the Super Bowl stage, it triggered mounting anger from women, minorities, and others who felt Jackson fairly paid a higher price than Timberlake for the incident.
On Super Bowl Sunday, Twitter lit up with the new hashtag #JanetJacksonAppreciationDay. And if Timberlake could not court enough controversy, he added this at a press conference last week.>> He will never play football.>> JT told football fans he'd never let his own son on a gridiron to play the sport.