Super Bowl fans outraged over half time show double standards: ‘Why can Adam Levine show his nipples but not Janet Jackson?'

Francesca Specter
Yahoo Style UK deputy editor

Adam Levine performed topless at the 2019 Super Bowl half time show last night, drawing comparisons with Janet Jackson’s so-called ‘Nipplegate’ incident at the same event in 2004.

Whipping off his top shortly into his performance at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, the Maroon 5 singer bared his nipples to around 111.3 million viewers globally.

While many viewers were thrilled by the unexpected sight of the 39-year-old’s nude torso, others claimed there was a gender double standard present.

On Twitter, viewers compared the lack of any criticism towards Levine to the enraged response Jackson, 52, received when she bared one nipple 15 years ago.

Adam Levine bared his nipples at the Super Bowl last night. [Photo: Getty]

More than one person claimed to be “outraged”, while others called the Super Bowl rules “inconsistent”.

For those of you struggling to recall Janet Jackson’s infamous 2004 performance, let us provide a refresher.

Jackson performed a medley of her songs in the coveted show spot, with surprise guest Justin Timberlake arriving for a duet of his song, ‘Rock Your Body’, at the end.

As part of the grand finale, Timberlake pulled off a part of Jackson’s costume to reveal her right breast, which remained visible for a mere moment.

Janet Jackson famously exposed her right breast during the 2004 Super Bowl performance. [Getty]

While Jackson’s publicist later claimed the exposed breast was an accident, the incident was widely criticised with CBS – the network who broadcast the Super Bowl – releasing public apologies.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) also fined CBS a then-record $550,000, although this was later overturned by the Court of Appeals.

Not everyone took issue with Levine’s topless performance, with many praising the singer’s toned body.

Meanwhile, Levine is yet to respond directly to the “Nipplegate” controversy. However, he did post on Instagram shortly after his performance to “thank the universe” for the opportunity to perform at the Super Bowl.

This isn’t the first time double standards surrounding nipples have been addressed in recent months.

Last November, a debate over whether women should be forced to wear a bra at work – when male colleagues might have visible nipples – went viral on Netmums.

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