From Janet Jackson To Chrissy Teigen: How Nipplegate Became 'Who Cares?' • MetDaan

From Janet Jackson To Chrissy Teigen: How Nipplegate Became ‘Who Cares?’

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It is hard to imagine that only 13 years ago, a nipple exposed on TV for about a second became the most hotly discussed world event for weeks, triggering censorship, fines, enormous popularity for the perpetrators and the creation of Youtube. When Justin Timberlake tugged on Janet Jackson’s shirt during the Halftime Show of the 38th Super Bowl on the 1st of February 2004, the Nipplegate affair exploded.

Deemed a publicity stunt by Jackson and Timberlake by many, the incident made “Janet Jackson” the most searched term, event and image in the history of the internet.

Fast forward thirteen years: model Christine Teigen exposes her nipple to millions during the Super Bowl – the internet barely registers it.

This time the Federal Communications Commission did not even bat an eyelid – a far cry from 2004 when the TV broadcaster was fined $550,000 and the penalty for indecency violation went from $27,500 to $325,000.


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Actually, it was down to a Twitter user to even point to the fact that Chrissy exposed her areola, posting an awkward video and captioning it with an even more awkward ‘ummmmm the press box ain’t save you…’ (sic!)

Chrissy replied just a couple of minutes later, writing: ‘boom goes the dynamite’.

Almost as if she was expecting it. Hmm.

It’s not the first time she had done something similar either. At last year’s American Music Awards last year, she also almost flashed her ‘hoohaa’.

She was then sharing this post enthusiastically: “Hey baby. Do those legs go all the way up?” – dead. Thank you @qween.memes #familyguy #spongebobsquarebodinaworldofbooty.”

She didn’t stop there, either. She went on to tag the laser hair-removal company that had helped her prepare for the American Music Awards.

Almost as if she was expecting it. Hmm.

It’s a pity it’s not 2004 as Christine Teigen would have been an internet sensation. Since we are living in the year 2017, even after suspiciously unspontaneous-looking nip slips and ‘hoohas’, she’s still referred to as John Legend’s wife.

Well, there’s always next season – for the Atlanta Falcons and Chrissy Teigen.

Meanwhile on Twitter…


…at least the trolls were fed.




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