Nipplegate was a big deal seven-and-a-half years ago, but similar instances seem to happen on live television on a monthly basis, most recently Nancy Grace's unfortunate wardrobe mishap on Dancing With the Stars. In those situations, networks aren't forced to pay half-million dollar fines, but Dancing With the Stars isn't exactly a worldwide event like the Super Bowl either. It might have avoided a $550,000 fine, but Jackson's oops did have one lasting effect on the NFL: Since 2004, the Super Bowl has avoided any more of those unpredictable all-star medleys and have instead handed the halftime show to safe rockers like Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen, and Prince (and his phallic guitar).
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- Janet Jackson
- Federal Communications Commission
- A U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals