Supreme Court won’t reinstate fine for Super Bowl wardrobe malfunction
A day after ruling on the landmark health care policy, the Supreme Court has decided against reinstating a fine ticketed to CBS in 2004, a report from The Associated Press states.
The infamous wardrobe malfunction from the Super Bowl XXXVIII halftime show would have cost CBS a record-setting $550,000 in fines. But the highest court in the land ruled against the Federal Communications Commission’s attempt to impose the fine.
The FCC’s ruling on fleeting indecent words and images changed a month after Justin Timberlake exposed Janet Jackson on stage to the millions watching around the world. Appeals court judges said because the rule changed after the incident, the fine was “arbitrary and capricious.”
MTV produced the show, and afterward the NFL announced the network would never again put on a halftime show. Since then, acts such as Paul McCartney, the Rolling Stones, Tom Petty, The Who and, most recently, Madonna have performed during halftime.