SALT LAKE CITY — The Parents Television Council isn’t excited about Justin Timberlake’s upcoming Super Bowl halftime performance.
The PTC sent an open letter to Timberlake, who will perform at the Super Bowl halftime show this Sunday. The PTC said it hopes Timberlake won’t repeat events that occurred in 2004 when Timberlake contributed to Janet Jackson's infamous “wardrobe malfunction.”
The group asked Timberlake “to keep the halftime show friendly and safe for the children watching, and who may be hoping to emulate you one day,” according to the letter.
“Our children are confronted with enough harmful and explicit content in today’s entertainment media — content that sexualizes our daughters; graphic violence that connotes acceptance as an answer to life’s conflicts; glamorization of underage drinking and drug use; normalization of children using harsh profanity; and a litany of other messaging that runs counter to the values most parents work to instill in their kids,” the letter reads. “The Super Bowl, and particularly its halftime show, should be the hallmark of entertainment that’s both appealing and a safe place for the entire family.”
Read the full letter below.
Back in 2004, Timberlake and Jackson performed at the halftime show. Timberlake ripped off part of Jackson’s outfit, exposing one of her breasts on national television. Timberlake later apologized to the media.
"I know it's been a rough week on everybody," Timberlake said in his apology. "What occurred was unintentional, completely regrettable, and I apologize if you guys were offended."
The Parents Television Council has sent an open letter to Justin Timberlake ahead of the Super Bowl: pic.twitter.com/ovBtT8iPkS— Herb Scribner (@HerbScribner) January 30, 2018
Timberlake will return to the Super Bowl stage just two days after he releases his new album, “Man of the Woods.”