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Madonna's Super Bowl halftime and why Janet Jackson trumps Michael Jackson in impact

Madonna013112_optBY EVAN WEINER

The Super Bowl is more than just a mere football game. It is a corporate bazaar that kicks off the annual television commercial and ad campaigns for many companies who buy into the TV show called the Super Bowl.

It is also the spot for "heritage" entertainers with "questionable" moral backgrounds, like Madonna, to strut their stuff.The NFL is a much better stage for reputation rehab than Disney's ABC-TV program "Dancing With The Stars."

The Super Bowl also defined which member of the Jackson singing family had the most impact on American values and morals and it wasn't Michael Jackson.

When all is said and done about Michael Jackson, it will be clear that he was a talented musician and dancer who sold a lot of records and made some interesting music videos, but it is unlikely that Michael's legacy will have more of a lasting impact than his sister Janet.

This is not meant as a slight but the reality is that Janet Jackson has left more of an impression on American society than her brother because without Janet Jackson's "wardrobe malfunction" during Super Bowl XXXVIII in Houston, Texas back on February 1, 2004, American's would be getting "live" over-the-air radio and TV, warts and all, since over-the-air radio and TV station owners would not have to worry about being fined for indecent programming whether it is a visual or something said.

American politicians and political appointees or at least those politicians who were pandering for a certain block of voters became prudes and put more teeth into public airwaves indecency laws because of Janet Jackson. Those politicians wanted to protect viewers and listeners who tune into over-the-air radio or TV shows and might be offended by language or nudity. Cable TV, broadband and satellite radio do not have the same restrictions for whatever reason.

That performance changed how Americans receive over-the-air TV and radio offerings and gave conservatives a new rallying point. Eventually they would introduce a new censorship or morality through the threat of hefty fines against media companies who might be found in violation of "indecency."

Of course "indecency" is in the eye of the beholder and for some members of Congress, it took about 15 hours for them to start screaming about Janet Jackson's exposed breast on the steps of the Capitol in Washington.

Comments (32)
32 Wednesday, 03 October 2012 22:08
I am reading very little facts here, unsure where you get Michael Jackson as the worlds most famous person, a global poll listed Madonna as the most famous person in the world. The WTO states Madonna is the most pirated artist of ALL time. Billboard lists Madonna as the MOST SUCCESSFUL SOLO artist of the entire rock era. On the United World Chart she has spent 139 weeks at #1 that is 58 weeks more than Elvis Presley who is in 2nd place and he has had alot more singles and albums than Madonna. Madonna has 22 global #1 singles that is 7 more than Elvis who is at #2. Global chart gives Madonna 47 top 10 singles, that is 15 more than Michael Jackson who is at #2. Madonnas half time show at the Super Bowl is the highest rated even in TV history. Keep in mind Madonna has only has 12 studio albums, this makes the unprecedented! Madonna was inducted her 1st year of being eligible in the rock and roll hall of fame. She is also the highest grossing solo touring act of all time. The list goes on and on, the basic truth is Madonna is the number one solo artist off all time per Media Traffic, Billboard, Rollingstone and of course the lists of that goes on and on. She is by far the richest female recording artist of all time.
And she is still popular, Janet lost appeal years ago and Michael if he had not died no one would give a damn about him either.
31 Tuesday, 07 February 2012 18:44
"When all is said and done about Michael Jackson, it will be clear that he was a talented musician and dancer who sold a lot of records and made some interesting music videos, but it is unlikely that Michael's legacy will have more of a lasting impact than his sister Janet."

Tell that to the editors of Time Magazine who published the first Special Edition in nearly a decade when they commemorated MJ's death in 2009.

1. Michael Jackson
2. John F. Kennedy
3. Princess Diana
4. Abraham Lincoln
5. Leonardo Da Vinci
6. George Washington
7. Elvis Presley
8. Walt Disney
9. Christopher Columbus

Michael Jackson still gets 16,600,000 global monthly searches on Google (and that's just for ONE keyword 'michael jackson' not the 100's of related keywords like 'michael jackson songs' or michael jackson videos').

Google Michael Jackson and you get 82,300,000 results
Google Janet Jackson and you get 12,100,000 results

So you still think MJ's legacy will be outshone by his little sister's?

We get the point of your article, but to throw in that sentence makes you look like a stupendously ignorant dumbass. Next time, get your supervisor to edit your articles before pressing the ''publish'' key, then you won't look like such a wiener, Mr Weiner.
30 Monday, 06 February 2012 19:06
Michael's legacy will last till the end of the world.Why?Because he was a legend...and he is magic...and one has work his ass off to create magic..
29 Monday, 06 February 2012 09:16
david rogers
so NFL owners freaked out and brought in Michael and that is how the megastar shows started
28 Sunday, 05 February 2012 23:53
Uh. Its because of Michael Jackson's performance in 1993 that we have superstars like Janet and Madonna during the halftime shows. So you're article is quite wrong.
27 Sunday, 05 February 2012 22:52
janet costume revealing was stupid. but shitonna comparing herself with her is stupider. her performance was garbage. she cannot sing. lol. and dance no dance. it was like a monkey gone wild. how can she even
compare herself with j's legendary SB performance. and michael is dead. so whatever legacy was it is over. janet is only superstar talent alive in the family. so instead wasting ur time and money on some shit like shitonna u should enjoy janet's music. it is seriously great and she is best performer when it comes to go live.
26 Sunday, 05 February 2012 13:35
- Michael Jackson is the most successful entertainer of all time (Guiness book of Records)
- Michael Jackson is one of the most famous names in human history and in one poll came 2nd to Jesus Christ (for this reason alone his impact on public opinion far outweighs Janets)
- Before the child abuse allegations, Michael Jackson was quoted in several articles and polls as being the most popular person on earth. Its is for this reason the child abuse allegations were made up to diminish public opinion of him as he became so popular, his potential impact on public opinion was considered a threat to the elites. As crazy as this sounds, its actually common behavior in the US
- He is widely renowed for his humanitarian efforts aswell as dontating 100's of millions of dollars to charity.
- He once quite famously donated his entire earnings from a world tour (circa 600 million dollars)
- Some of Michaels biggest hits include Heal The World, We Are The World, Earth Song, Man In The Mirror and They Dont Care About Us all of which adress in one way or another moral values, peace, politics, poverty, racism and corruption

This article seems ridiculous to me and I hope whoever wrote it wasn't being serious
25 Sunday, 05 February 2012 12:39
The point of this article was that Janet's "malfunction" or "foolishness" or whatever you wish to call it, caused the old white establishment in DC to "wake up" and actually try to effect some change as to how these live events are broadcast worldwide to adults and children alike.

Of course anyone with a brain knows that Michael's 1993 performance was the greatest ever. Janet's contribution was merely an unwitting aftermath of the actions of Timberlake and herself in 2004.
24 Sunday, 05 February 2012 11:21
Wise Enough
First and far most, Janet is black and powerful to the world just like her brother MJ. The illuminati dont like black power because Jesus was black. They a secret society. They are going to tell you the truth about Jesus. They help killed Jesus on the cross with manipulation, just like they are manipulating our young children today through TELEVISION and MUSIC with lies and evilness. Madonna worships the devil for the people who dont know,(Kaballah). Madonna is apart of the illuminati. Michael and Janet didnt accept the illuminati's offer. Thats why the Jacksons are allways BASHED because they have POWER and could turn the world against most important people in politics. Turn off the television and get some knowledge. WAKE UP PEOPLE JESUS IS BACK!!!!!!!
23 Saturday, 04 February 2012 23:29
Asha Amani
Trust me when I say, I am paying attention to these politician, the same people, the same kind of people who like to trash Obama, Michael, Janet if as they wear halos. They want us to think mitt "misspoke" when he said "I'm not concerned about the poor. They have a safety net(welfare). IF, If it needs fixing. I will Fix it" "He didn't mean it that way" "his words were taking out of context" We should forgive him for this and all other misdeeds including being a MORON, I MEAN MORMON, A RELIGION THAT TEACHES BLACK PEOPLE ARE A CURSE AND PRETTY MUCH NOTHING. we should for give gov. brewer for lieng on Obama and lieng about her father, drunk driving and all her other misdeeds. We should for give these people bashing or listen to other people bash Janet, Michael and Obama,
22 Saturday, 04 February 2012 23:09
Asha Amani
"You ain't got to lie, craig" "America was founded on the biblical views of loving your fellow american" This may be a lie in your history book, but it's not in mine. America was founded on the blood of a whole race of Indians
that were slaughtered and built on the backs of slave. " biblical views are love your fellow americans" "do unto others what you would have done to you" "thou shalt not kill" "`When an alien lives with you in your land, do not mistreat him. The alien living with you must be treated as one of your native-born. Love him as yourself."
21 Saturday, 04 February 2012 20:58
I think personally Americans would be better off if they just kept the political veiws out of the game of football, I understand that America was founded on the biblical views of loving your fellow american and not trying to outlast another family members legacy. I think we would all be much better if we don't focus on the past and focus on the game of football and enjoy the advertisers funny commercials when they try to sell you Doritos or Pepsi. I for one am not into sports but If I were I would try my best to ignore the politics if it happens to come with the football game, I want to enjoy the superbowl for what the superbowl is for and that is for watching grown men, kick a pigskin from one side of the feild to the other without getting tackled!!
20 Saturday, 04 February 2012 10:10
nicholas brother fan
Michael is a piker compared to these guys. You want talent, watch Cab Calloway and this guys
19 Saturday, 04 February 2012 09:58
I hope you choke this is the biggest pile of shit article I have read of this year maybe of all time, you make no fu**ing sense.

WOW just stupidity attention seeking at it's best. NO one performed better than Michael and Janet will never have a Cirque Show in tribute to her and neither will Madonna they have no impact on people in the way MJ did. He's the best of all time. period.

I believe it's racists trying to make us forget how incredible Michael was and brainwash the younger generation with this crap too bad no one is listening to you, we are too busy buying Crique Du Soleil tickets amd making his estate 1 million a night per show. WHO"S BAD??? The day Madonna sells out 50 shows at the O2 Arena in a couple of days will be the day hell freezes over (which means never) what kind of legacy is that?? The one no can can even come close to and you can continue to eat S**t because the truth is the truth. I guess you wanna be starting something.
18 Saturday, 04 February 2012 09:09
diebold voter
Reading the Michael Jackson legacy protectors is fine but these people are getting quashed by politicians because they missed the entire point of the author's writing. Janet Jackson's nipple exposure got old white men to start screaming about obsenity laws and those old whiote men on Capital Hill's steps the next day started impacting your lives negatively. It played when to old white men on radio. It could have been anyone whose blouse opened, it was Janet Jackson. She had more to do with laws affecting you than Michael. WEise up sammi, jazzby and the rest. Your love for Michael is fine but he isn't going to help you qwhen dealing with old elected officials who seem like they are on too many antacid pills. Michael was an entertainer, these guys impact your lives.
17 Saturday, 04 February 2012 02:28
Asha Amani
They keep trying but will never ever be able2 trash Janet or Michael's name. And who the hell cares about HOEDONNA who made a sarcastic remark about this incident. These people r such hypocrites! "mitt romney misspoke & his "I'm not concerned about the poor. They have a safety net(welfare). I'll fix it IF it needs to be fixed" comment was TAKEN OUT OF CONTEXT. mitt's mormon religion teaches that "negroes" are nothing basically. mitt's "only human" "he's been tired from all the campaigning" "people make mistakes" let's forgive him and newt for all their misdeeds and we'll forgive gov. brewer for lieng about her father, drunk driving, and all of the other things she did. Michael, Janet, and Barack aren't one of us. How dare these niggers have the same success, power & money we want, not to mention we can only wish we had the body and talents Janet had then. Some of us are jealous so we're going to bash them every chance we get & try to ruin their reputation &good name." Will never happen!
16 Saturday, 04 February 2012 00:44
Rob Roy
This article lost any legitimacy due to its headline. Madonna is the first word of the headline, yet the story has nothing to do with Madonna. Seems like an easy way to grab a reader's attention. If there's all this media hype that Madonna is not a suitable entertainment act for the Super Bowl, why include her name in a headline for a story that is not about her? Because Madonna attracts attention - plain and simple.
15 Friday, 03 February 2012 23:12
Typical this was written by a man because the subject is about a boob.
14 Friday, 03 February 2012 23:11
Love MJJ
Let's not forget ALL the other "costume malfunctions" that happened before Janet's, so....aren't they bigger then Janet (their legacy..not their boobs)
13 Friday, 03 February 2012 23:08
Your So Wrong!
Michael Jackson's legacy will LONG outlast ANY other celebrity INCLUDING Janet. Michael FOREVER!
12 Friday, 03 February 2012 23:03
Erik S.
This article in no way discredit's Michael's lasting legacy. It just merely state that Janet's Super Bowl incident overshadows Michael's accomplishments on television.

There is no hate towards either Jackson, just stating that Janet is more synonymous with the biggest television even in the world.
11 Friday, 03 February 2012 22:50
@ Anonymous

The author of this article wrote: "it is unlikely that Michael's legacy will have more of a lasting impact than his sister Janet"

OMG that's NOT true, and It's even worse if the author of this article meant to say that Janet's exposure of her boobs even created a legacy and even more lasting than Michael Jackson's legacy! It's ridiculous absolutely.
10 Friday, 03 February 2012 22:43
What I meant was, the poster "Jabbzy" is an ignorant Janet hater. NEXT!
9 Friday, 03 February 2012 22:42
The poster 2 posts up is an ignorant Janet hater.
8 Friday, 03 February 2012 22:37
@ Jabbzy

I couldn't agree more!
7 Friday, 03 February 2012 22:25
rodin maynard
I think the article pointed out to how your freedom to see nudity on TV and government interference on what you can see on TV is the point. It was Janet Jackson's activity that got the censors out and that's the lasting impact. Perhaps Sammie, Jazzby and others should use that thing resting on their shoulders before it atrophies.
6 Friday, 03 February 2012 22:22
I love both Michael and Janet, but to say that Janet's boob makes her legacy bigger is ridiculously stupid. Janet's boob did not desegregate MTV or outsale Thriller or cause the mass hysteria that June 25, 2009 did worldwide. Sorry.
5 Friday, 03 February 2012 21:22
Janet's Legacy and longevity alone, beats Michaels. Noone can compare to Janet.
4 Friday, 03 February 2012 21:01
@jabbzy Why are you hating on Janet? She didn't make this claim or write this dumb article. She's a great entertainer in her on right. Enough said!
3 Friday, 03 February 2012 17:27
Breasts are not obscene or offensive or indecent. To think that they are is where the confusion starts. They are meant for feeding babies. Not everyone mistakenly thinks they are equivalent to genitalia, especially the babies that suck on them. Children seeing breasts? It's the first thing they do see.
2 Friday, 03 February 2012 15:42
Her legacy is better because her boob popped out?

Yeah lets forget that Michael has the biggest selling album, won the most awards, and had tge highest viewing superbowl show..

I'd like to see Janet sell out 50 concerts in 1 city..

Dumbest article of 2012 (it's only feb)
1 Friday, 03 February 2012 13:39
And who the hell told you that Michael Jackson's legacy won't last?? Where do you live?? Under a rock?? LOL

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