Nina Metz: ‘Malfunction: The Dressing Down of Janet Jackson’ and other examinations of pop culture’s recent past don’t dig deep enough

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“Our culture doesn’t know what to do with independent women, and definitely independent Black women,” says New York Times reporter Jenna Wortham in FX and Hulu’s one-hour report “Malfunction: The Dressing Down of Janet Jackson,” which centers on the now-infamous 2004 Super Bowl half-time show from Jackson and Justin Timberlake. “And forget about an independent Black woman who makes her own money,” Wortham adds, “who knows who she is and is apparently a completely sexually liberated woman. When there was an opportunity to punish her for it, they did.” The phrase “wardrobe malfunction” entered t…

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