Group asks Justin Timberlake to keep halftime show ‘safe’

FILE - In this Nov. 14, 2017 file photo, actor Justin Timberlake attends a special screening of "Wonder Wheel" in New York. Timberlake will host a listening party at Prince’s Paisley Park over Super Bowl weekend to support the release of his new album, “Man of the Woods." And the overseers of Paisley Park have been granted a temporary liquor license for the duration. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — A watchdog group is politely pleading with Justin Timberlake to keep his Super Bowl halftime show “safe for the children watching.”

In an open letter to the entertainer issued Tuesday, the Parents Television Council hopes there isn’t a repeat of what happened in 2004 when Timberlake ripped Janet Jackson’s costume to reveal her right breast.

FILE – In this Feb. 1, 2004, file photo, singer Janet Jackson covers her breast as Justin Timberlake holds part of her costume after her outfit came undone during the halftime show of Super Bowl XXXVIII in Houston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

The group writes that it hopes Timberlake will keep the halftime show “friendly and safe” for the children watching, especially since some will want to emulate the singer.

Timberlake has assured viewers “That won’t happen this time.”

The infamous wardrobe malfunction drew CBS a $550,000 fine from the Federal Communications Commission that was later overturned.

The watchdog group says it wants “a positive, uplifting and entertaining halftime show on Sunday.”


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