Janet Jackson’s Nipple Avoids Pay-Per-View Fine
More than four years after Janet Jackson’s nubbin scandalized the nation during the 2004 Super Bowl half-time show, a three-judge panel has thrown out the $550,000 indecency fine levied against broadcaster CBS by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
The panel determined that the FCC “acted arbitrarily and capriciously” when assigning the penalty.
The “wardrobe malfunction” provided a split-second of long-distance, partial nudity when Justin Timberlake ripped Jackson’s top during a musical performance.
Perhaps sanity has been restored. The FCC can focus on truly important issues—such as fining the people responsible for this incident. If the punishment fits the crime, the damages will be enough to wipe out the national debt.