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Category Archives: The Decency Wars

The Decency Wars: The Campaign to Cleanse American Culture

Janet Jackson’s infamous “wardrobe malfunction” at the 2004 Superbowl precipitated a nationwide controversy. To judge by the hysterical reaction, one would think that nothing so shocking had ever been seen on television. Yet, remarkably, during the conservative 1950s, similar breast-baring accidents on television (by Faye Emerson and Jayne Mansfield) raised barely a stir. Is America…

2004 CBS/Jackson/Timberlake “Wardrobe Malfunction” Fine Overturned by 3rd Circuit Court [Press Release]

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Frederick Lane FSLane3@gmail.com www.FrederickLane.com 802-318-4604 BURLINGTON, VT — In a 102-page opinion released earlier today, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals overturned the $550,000 fine assessed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) against CBS for the infamous Janet Jackson/Justin Timberlake “wardrobe malfunction” during the 2004 Super Bowl halftime show. In reaching its…