Supreme Court Orders Review of Nipplegate Ruling

Brace yourselves, you’re about to hear a lot more about Janet Jackson’s nipple. Again.

The Associated Press reports that the Supreme Court ordered the 3rd U.S. Court of Appeals in Philadelphia on Monday to consider reinstating a $555,000 fine against CBS for a brief exposure of Jackson’s nipple during the 2004 Super Bowl halftime show.

The court had thrown out the fine last year, finding that the exposure, which lasted 9/16th of a second, was “fleeting,” and that the Federal Communications Commission’s fine was unwarranted.

However, last week the Supreme Court narrowly upheld the FCC’s policy of threatening fines against even one-time uses of obscenities on live television, prompting the review.

Perhaps Jackson should take some hints from another pop chanteuse about how to narrowly skirt indecency laws in the future.

Have your say in the comments section: Do you think 9/16ths of a second of Janet Jackson’s nipple is worth half a million dollars?