Sexist and Racist NFL Decision Upstaged by Social Media

Janet Jackson disrespect and double standard called out. Justin Timberlake should have insisted Jackson perform, he was boring without her.

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Justin Timberlake performing at halftime during Super Bowl LII on Sunday was rebuffed by fans of Janet Jackson who chose to show their admiration for the superstar amid white male privilege and sexism.


#JanetJacksonAppreciationDay trended all day Sunday with tributes to Jackson, eventually reaching the no. 1 spot.

In 2004, Jackson was the headliner for the halftime show and Timberlake was her special guest. During the performance, Timberlake ripped off a piece of her costume, exposing her right breast. He later described it as an unintended "wardrobe malfunction."

The NFL's announcement in October that Timberlake would be returning to the Super Bowl triggered a backlash from those who felt Jackson took the heat for the incident, which almost ended her career.

CBS and MTV's parent company Viacom "hits back at Jackson by essentially blacklisting her, keeping her music videos off their properties MTV, VH1, and radio stations under their umbrella," Rolling Stone reported of the backlash in 2004.

Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake perform in 2004 at the Super Bowl halftime show.

As a Black woman, some argued that Jackson fell victim to a racist and sexist double standard than Timberlake, as a white man, did. Because Timberlake was invited to perform on Sunday's show, they said he benefited from "white male privilege."

Timberlake said in a news conference in Minneapolis on Thursday that Jackson would possibly join him on stage.

"To be honest I had a ton of grand ideas about special guests," he said. "There's a whole list. I think Vegas has a lot of odds on it. From NSYNC to [Jay-Z] to Chris Stapleton to Janet."

But Jackson put a stop to the rumor prior to Sunday's performance.

"To put to rest any speculation or rumors as to whether I will be performing at the Super Bowl tomorrow; I will not," she said in a statement on Saturday. "Thank you for your support and I do look forward to seeing you all very soon."

Former NFL player turned filmmaker, Matthew A. Cherry, tweeted the idea for Janet Jackson Appreciation Day to his almost 90,000 Twitter followers on Friday.

"I just saw that there was a lot of speculation on whether or not Justin would invite her to perform," Cherry told DiversityInc on Sunday. " I just wanted to do something that regardless of what happened we celebrated her."

Celebrities showed their appreciation for Jackson as well.

Chance The Rapper tweeted a photo of a young Jackson with her older brother and superstar, Michael:

Singer Jussie Smollett, who stars in the TV show "Empire," tweeted that Jackson is the greatest living entertainer:

Missy Elliott posted a selfie of her with the pop star:

Jackson presented Elliott with the Visionary Award at the Essence 9th Annual Black Women in Music award show in New York City on Jan. 25.

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Brigham and Women's Hospital retaliated against a nurse for defending a coworker amid alleged verbal abuse.

Gessy Toussaint — who shares the name of the best-known leader of the Haitian Revolution, Toussaint L'Ouverture — also believes in fighting against the odds and winning.

A Suffolk Superior Court jury ruled on Wednesday that Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, Mass., retaliated against Toussaint, a Haitian-American nurse who stood up for a colleague, and has awarded her $28 million. Deliberation took more than three days.

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Allowed to turn himself in with pre-arranged bail already taken care of.

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"I'll smack the [expletive] out of you, you loud mouth monkey [expletive]," Edward Ruggiero said to Soraya Orelien.

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The Queens, N.Y., district attorney on Wednesday charged Edward Ruggiero, who was caught on video hurling racist insults at a Black woman on the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR), with a hate crime.

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"My experience in January with the Milwaukee Police Department was wrong and shouldn't happen to anybody," said NBA player Sterling Brown.

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Trump: NFL Players Who Protest Police Brutality 'Shouldn't Be in the Country'

"You have to stand, proudly, for the national anthem. Or you shouldn't be playing, you shouldn't be there. Maybe you shouldn't be in the country," he said.

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(Reuters) — President Donald Trump welcomed the National Football League's decision to fine teams if players on the field refuse to stand for the national anthem, saying if they don't want to stand maybe they should not be in the country.

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White Billionaire NFL Owners Have Secret Insider Meeting to Discuss how Much Further They Can Jam it up Black Players’ Behinds

Apparently no discussion on how to improve the 70 percent Black player/20 percent Black coach/0 percent Black owner plantation problem.

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UPDATE: Wednesday, May 23, at 1:32 PM EST:

The NFL announced on Wednesday that players on the field during the National Anthem who do not stand will be subjected to a fine.

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