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Council to Justin Timberlake: Keep halftime show ‘friendly and safe’ for kids

The Parents Television Council, a socially conservative media watchdog group, has issued an open letter to Justin Timberlake ahead of Super Bowl LII in which it warns the halftime show performer to keep things “friendly and safe” for children watching the game.

The PTC has some history with Super Bowl halftime performances, specifically the most scandalous one which coincidentally — or not — involved Timberlake.

The Super Bowl XXXVIII halftime show in 2004, which featured Timberlake joining Janet Jackson, of course is infamously now known as “Nipplegate.” Things went awry when Timberlake pulled down on Jackson’s top, briefly exposing her breast.

The PTC was behind a massive letter-writing campaign in the wake of the incident. The organization also issued a statement condemning the halftime show, in which it announced it had “filed an indecency complaint with the Federal Communications Commission. The PTC will also ask the FCC to levy a hefty fine for every affiliate that aired the egregious half-time show.”

And now the PTC is warning Timberlake to keep it clean and avoid such shenanigans. Or there will be consequences.

An excerpt from this week’s letter (via Shutdown Corner):

As we approach this Sunday’s Super Bowl LII and its halftime show during which you’ll be performing, we ask you to keep the halftime show friendly and safe for the children watching, and who may be hoping to emulate you one day. … Our children are confronted with enough harmful and explicit content in today’s entertainment media – content that sexualizes our daughters; graphic violence that connotes acceptance as an answer to life’s conflicts; glamorization of underage drinking and drug use; normalization of children using harsh profanity; and a litany of other messaging that runs counter to the values most parents work to instill in their kids. The Super Bowl, and particularly its halftime show, should be the hallmark of entertainment that’s both appealing and a safe place for the entire family.

PTC’s strongly worded letter is unlikely to inspire Timberlake to change any plans for his performance. That said, the NFL will utilize a five-second delay during the halftime show just in case.