Britney Spears has once again at the subject of a national conversation, thanks to The New York Times Presents: Framing Britney Spears. The documentary does a deep dive into the media and public's treatment of the pop princess, as well as her conservatorship and the #FreeBritney movement. After countless Hulu subscribers watched the doc, Justin Timberlake made a public apology to both Spears and Janet Jackson for the way he contributed to the media's treatment of the women. And now Jackson has thanked her fans after the years of support.
Framing Britney Spears didn't actually focus on Janet Jackson, but it did examine how the public reacted to Justin Timberlake's breakup with Britney Spears. This led to conversation about the massive backlash after Jackson's infamous Super Bowl performance, while the NSYNC alum never faced any consequences. Timberlake recently apologized to the pair of pop icons, and Jackson responded to her fans' love by saying:
What a sweet message. It looks like Janet Jackson is nothing but positivity these days, despite the dark times that occurred in time after her Super Bowl Halftime Show. And through it all the legendary recording artist has had a legion of fans behind her, supporting her when so many were not. No wonder she has so much love for the community.
Janet Jackson's words to her fans come from a recent video she posted on Twitter. She no doubt received a ton of attention after Justin Timberlake posted his official apology following Framing Britney Spears. Their performance happened back in 2004, so its a public conversation that's been a long time coming. Although rather than addressing the doc or Timberlake, Jackson kept her focus on the good.
You can check out Janet Jackson's video below, which were not-so-subtly in response to the recent conversation about Justin Timberlake and Framing Britney Spears. As she put it,
What a class act. There's a reason Janet Jackson has remained a pop culture icon throughout her chart topping career, despite her "cancellation" back in the early 2000s. And it's because she kept hustling, and seemingly focused on the positive.
There has been an outpouring of love headed Janet Jackson's way following Framing Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake's apology. What's more, her 1986 album Control has once again been performing on the charts as audiences stream and buy her legendary catalogue. We'll just have to see if any new content comes as a result of this spotlight, or perhaps another acting project.
Framing Britney Spears is currently available to stream on Hulu. In the meantime, check out our midseason premiere list to plan your next binge watch.
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