It is crazy how one nipple slip has the changed the lives of millions of people around the world. Thanks to Justin Timberlake ripping off part of Janet Jackson’s outfit which leads to her nipple being exposed for all of 9/16 of a second.
Ten years ago, Timberlake promised to ‘ have you naked by the end of this song” as he snatched part of Janet’s outfit off and boom, history was made. The FCC received 540,000 complaints about this incident, which is more than any other in TV history. “Nipplegate” resulted in a censorship ruling that went to the Supreme Court, it also ruined MTV’s relationship with the NFL.
At that time a Silicon Valley whiz kid, Jawed Karim wanted to make it easier for others to find Jackson’s clip and other in-demand videos because he couldn’t find Janet’s nipple online. A later, Jawed and some friends founded youtube, which is now the largest video-sharing site of all time.
All across the internet, this moment went viral. Facebook launched just three days later and it also cemented TiVo’s market dominance. the term “Janet Jackson” became the most searched term and image in Internet history.