On February 1, 2004, Janet Jackson exposed her bare breast during the halftime show of Super Bowl XXXVIII. All the violence you’d ever want to watch is coo de la, but a split second of most of a boob brought out the Helen Lovejoys and fundamentally changed the way we watch television forever.
Congress raised the FCC fine on such incidents from $27,500 to $325,000, networks instituted time delays on live events and sports, Howard Stern was essentially banished to satellite radio when he was ripped from major markets and Victoria’s Secret even canceled the annual fashion show that year. Plus, this almost single-handedly reignited the dormant culture war.
One boob. For a split second. Our world changed overnight. For real.
And that’s why everyone flocked to the wild, wild west of the Internet.