I don’t know who won the Super Bowl this year. Heck, I don’t even know who played in it. But I sure do know that Janet Jackson has her nipple pierced.
I’m not offended by the accidental baring of the nipple of Ms. Jackson (since I’m nasty). Per the CNN story, the intent was to rip away the bustier and leave the bra intact. I’ve been a dance performer before, and I know that costumes don’t always behave as intended in the clinch. (And although not actually performing at the time, I’ve had a pair of leather pants rip down the fly, through the crotch, and across the ass in the middle of a dance move, leaving my naughty bits hanging out for anyone to look at if they wanted. Two boys from Sacramento wanted.)
Assuming it was an accident, of course. The one buzz in the back of my head is the statement from Justin Timberlake on the subject: “I am sorry if anyone was offended by the wardrobe malfunction during the halftime performance at the Super Bowl. It was not intentional and is regrettable.” Note the avoidance of a real apology (I’m sorry that you were offended, not that I caused offense); compare to Dr. Laura’s March 2010 “apology” for offending gays and lesbians a few years back. And note that the final word of his statement is “regrettable” — this means something which can be regretted, not which I do regret. These sorts of press statements usually have their wording very closely analyzed, so no word or phrase in them is accidental.
Talk radio — conservative and liberal alike — is going great guns on this, wanting to know “Are you offended?” Damn right I’m offended. I’m offended by the implication that I should be offended!