Disney has announced a brand new documentary called “Malfunction: The Dressing Down of Janet Jackson,” which is the next film from the award-winning series The New York Times Presents, will premiere on Friday 19th November at 10 p.m. ET simultaneously on FX and Hulu.
In 2004, a culture war was brewing when the Super Bowl halftime show audience saw a white man expose a Black woman’s breast for 9/16ths of a second. A national furor ensued. “If the culture wars could have a 9/11, it’s February 1st, 2004,” said one observer. The woman was Janet Jackson, and her career was never the same. The man was Justin Timberlake; his stardom only grew. The New York Times examines the racial and cultural currents that collided on the Super Bowl stage, and explores how the incident impacted one of the most successful pop musicians in history.
“Malfunction: The Dressing Down of Janet Jackson” features rare footage and interviews with several people who were at the controls that night in Houston — including N.F.L. and MTV executives — to reconstruct an incident that shook the country and explain how it shaped culture in the decades to follow. With new reporting by The Times, as well as insights from music industry insiders, cultural critics and members of the Jackson family, the film illuminates the extraordinary fallout, and CBS executive Les Moonves’s role in it.
“Malfunction: The Dressing Down of Janet Jackson” is directed by Jodi Gomes (One Child Left Behind: The APS Teaching Scandal; The Jacksons: A Family Dynasty) who also serves as a Producer.
“Malfunction: The Dressing Down of Janet Jackson” follows on the success of The New York Times Presents’ “Controlling Britney Spears” “The Killing of Breonna Taylor.”
The New York Times Presents, a series of standalone documentary films is powered by the unparalleled journalism and insight of journalists at The New York Times. Disney doesn’t distribute these specials outside of the US, so won’t be available on Disney+ internationally.
Are you looking forward to this new documentary?