At the beginning of the 2019 Super Bowl halftime show, Adam Levine was clad in layers. As the performance progressed, however, the Maroon 5 frontman shed clothing until — by the final moments of the show — he was shirtless.
For some, seeing Levine’s nipples onscreen raised questions about why this performance was considered decent, but a flash of Janet Jackson’s bare breast at the 2004 Super Bowl resulted in controversy, action from the Federal Communications Commission, and a blow to Jackson’s career.
Framingham native and TV personality Katie Nolan, actress Aisha Tyler, rapper Aminé, and others took to Twitter to share their thoughts during Super Bowl Sunday, or what some on the social media site have referred to as “Janet Jackson Appreciation Day.”
Super Bowl halftime nipple rules feel inconsistent
— Katie Nolan (@katienolan) February 4, 2019
Why is it okay to see Adam Levine’a boobs and not Janet Jackson’s?
Asking for a friend.
— Aisha Tyler (@aishatyler) February 4, 2019
now I have to explain to my children that adam levine has nipples
— ziwe (@ziwe) February 4, 2019
Oh so dudes can show nipple on the super bowl halftime show ok
— Elika Sadeghi (@steakNstiffarms) February 4, 2019
I thought they outlawed nipples on the halftime show
— Dan Wetzel (@DanWetzel) February 4, 2019
Excuse me I am OUTRAGED by Adam Levine’s nipples JUSTICE FOR JANET
— ella dawson (@brosandprose) February 4, 2019
aye if janet can’t show skin why can adam?
— Aminé (@heyamine) February 4, 2019
Poor Adam he showed his nips at the Super Bowl so now his career will be ruined like Janet’s. OH WAIT Never mind!!!!
— Glennon Doyle (@GlennonDoyle) February 4, 2019