A few years ago, a “wardrobe malfunction” at the Super Bowl game caused a national uproar. For those who don’t quite remember, on February 1, 2004, during the halftime show at Super Bowl XXXVIII (38), a game that is always broadcasted live, R&B/Pop music superstar Janet Jackson‘s breast, decorated with a nipple shield, was exposed by Pop music star Justin Timberlake for about half a second while they were performing on stage together. The jury is out, so to speak, as to whether or not Jackson and Timberlake planned that little act. (Both are also actors so it wouldn’t surprise me if their “look of surprise” was feigned.) Regardless of any intent, both stars and their handlers claimed that the breast exposure was a “wardrobe malfunction”. Because the Super Bowl is an annual football game watched by thousands of people – many who are youngsters – demand for some type of punitive action was made against both the music stars and the television network CBS, which covered the game. The rest, as they say, is history which you can research for yourselves.
During yesterday’s (Dec. 16, 2012) Pittsburgh Steelers – Dallas Cowboys game, Dallas running back DeMarco Murray had a “uniform malfunction” when he was tackled late in the game by Pittsburgh safety Troy Polamalu. Murray’s pants ended up sliding down and exposing his rear end. Polamalu got more than he expected in that tackle! (Well, nobody ever denies that football isn’t homoerotic!) Anyway, it looks like that network’s “5-second delay” thing didn’t work either! Surely, somebody is going to have some heartburn over this so here’s what I say to the naysayers:
Shit happens in sports! If you’ve ever played in or participated in sports in any way – as a player, cheerleader or as an entertainer, or if you have ever been to any sports game, you know this all too well! Get over it! Here’s another thought: Let’s keep the helmets, cleats, shoulder pads/guards, jock straps and cups and even the gloves and just let football players play semi-nude if they want. We can allow the same for the cheerleaders, too! Imagine breasts bouncing up and down! At least there would be no more “wardrobe malfunctions” which some people are so afraid of and it sure would make any football game much more interesting, if not hot!