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Super Bowl "Nipplegate" Fine Being Reconsidered

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 23rd 2010 4:01PM
CBS logoSo...let's talk about nipples. Remember when Justin Timberlake ripped off part of Janet Jackson's jacket and exposed her breast during the Super Bowl (oh, memories...)? A Federal appeals court has already thrown out the $550,000 fine judgment against CBS but now they want to "re-examine" the decision. Maybe they just like looking at the video of the nipple incident (or "nincident," if you will) over and over and over again.

I've never understood why CBS got fined in the first place. It was a live sports broadcast. If you want to fine Janet Jackson or Justin Timberlake or the people who made Jackson's coat, OK, go ahead. But the only way a fine against CBS is justified is if you think they knew about it ahead of time and gave the OK for it to happen. What's the basis for the fine?

(By the way, the picture above is the CBS logo, not a nipple.)

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"(or "nincident," if you will)".

I most certainly will not.

February 24 2010 at 4:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Brent McKee

The reconsideration has to do with the Supreme Court decision that overturned a lower court ruling on "fleeting obscenities" (FCC v Fox Television). As part of that decision they "vacated and remanded" the decision of the Third Circuit for reconsideration.

I don't think that the portion of the decision that directly relates to the CBS fine should be overturned. There were enough reasons why the decision was made, beyond the question of "obscenity" - including the fact that CBS had no control over what Timberlake and Jackson did as "independent contractors."

Canadians don't understand what all the fuss was about and we still don't.

February 24 2010 at 6:39 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This whole thing was blown way out of proportion. Her nipple was seen for half a second. As for CBS I agree they can't be held responsable for something they had no control over.

February 23 2010 at 8:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
David Cook is my Idol!

I just find it so ironic that people have nothing wrong with all the violent, graphic murder mysteries and other dramas that are on TV right now, but get all outraged over an exposed nipple. I remember watching that game with my kids, who were 8 and 11 at the time, and thought it was no big deal. I was more upset over my daughter thinking Justin Timberlake was a good singer ;)

February 23 2010 at 5:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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