Adam Levine’s Shirtless Superbowl Performance Sparks Heated Debate About Gender Roles

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After all, back in 2004 Janet Jackson was "fined and blacklisted by USA radio" after a wardrobe malfunction revealed one of her nipples during her performance with Justin Timberlake.

The recent performance is sparking debate surrounding Janet Jackson's infamous wardrobe malfunction at the Super Bowl when her nipple slipped out in 2004.

But despite all the hate, Levine seemed to feel only the love.

The diva's breast had been exposed during her half-time performance alongside Justin Timberlake.

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Maroon 5's Adam Levine had quite a bit of a shirtless moment during the Super Bowl halftime show performance yesterday (Feb 3) and it's sparked a lot of debate online, and created a loooot of memes. "She had to move to Bahrain for 10 years".

Similarly, 'Okay. Hold up, ' Oscar-nominated actress Rosie Perez tweeted: "Are they going to go in and penalize #AdamLevine for showing his t**s like they did @JanetJackson?"

This year, it was Maroon 5 lead singer Adam Levine's funky-patterned tank top.

Another user said that they felt offended: "I'm more offended seeing Adam Levine's nipples than I was Janet Jackson's".

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Others saw the performance as a sign of progression. With Adam's mid-performance strip tease coming almost 15 years to the day since Janet Jackson was infamously shamed for a wardrobe malfunction caused by her co-performer Justin Timberlake during Super Bowl XXXVIII, many took to Twitter to express the apparent double standard between Adam and Janet, given that Adam was praised for taking off his shirt and Janet was "blackballed" following her accidental nip slip.

But author Glennon Doyle may have highlighted the inequity of the situation best, tweeting: "Poor Adam he showed his nips at the Super Bowl so now his career will be ruined like Janet's".

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