Free Republic
Browse · Search
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Internal Viacom Memo on Super Bowl Halftime
Viacom ^ | February 03, 2004 | Mel Karmazin, Viacom

Posted on 02/04/2004 1:49:01 PM PST by IonInsights

To: All Viacom Employees
From: Mel Karmazin
Date: February 03, 2004

RE: Super Bowl Half Time Show

As you know, the incident during the Super Bowl's Half Time Show on Sunday has received a significant amount of attention both in the media and in Washington, D.C. Because of the speculation and misinformation about what transpired, I want to update you on the facts and also on what we are doing to prevent such incidents from occurring in the future.

First let me say that everyone at Viacom, CBS and MTV was shocked and embarrassed about what transpired at the end of our half time performance. Ms. Jackson's unrehearsed, unplanned and unapproved display went far beyond the bounds of what is acceptable under our broadcast standards. We apologized immediately and publicly to our viewers for the incident.

We also conducted an investigation and are satisfied that we handled the creation and staging of the half time show responsibly and that both CBS and MTV reviewed all planned aspects of the performances in detail and in advance. We have established that no one in our company was aware in advance of any plan to rip Ms. Jackson's clothing. Executives from MTV, CBS and the NFL attended all rehearsals and nothing like this was included in the show, which was verified by our review of videotapes from the rehearsals. Moreover, I have been assured that we would never have allowed the incident to take place had we known in advance. Janet Jackson has now publicly admitted that she and her choreographer came up with the idea after the last rehearsal and that no one at MTV or at CBS had any knowledge about her plan.

In order to prevent future incidents, we are immediately taking steps to minimize and hopefully eliminate the vulnerability inherent to live television.


irst, we are redoubling our already thorough oversight of all live performances -- to be sure that the standards of our networks are upheld and that what is presented is appropriate for the intended audience. Second, in addition to our longstanding policy to employ audio delete technology on live entertainment broadcasts, we will begin a video delete capability with the February 8 broadcast of the Grammy Awards on CBS. We believe that this new procedure will allow us to keep unplanned and unscripted-accidental or otherwise-incidents from occurring in the future.

Other aspects and segments of the half time show are being debated and criticized and will no doubt continue to be discussed over the next several weeks. We support the right of people to disagree with the choices we make just as we value and take seriously the public trust that is given to us. And we will continue to do everything we can to assure that our live broadcasts adhere to the same high standards as the programming we air every day.

TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: boobtube; bowl; halftime; jackson; janet; mtv; nipplegate; super; superbowl; viacom
Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first previous 1-5051-55 last
To: gorush
"Thanks for keeping us abreast of the situation."

"And thanks for the mammaries."

Udderly sophomoric!

Glad you didn't suck up to them.

51 posted on 02/04/2004 4:15:51 PM PST by N. Theknow (John Kerry is nothing more than Ted Kennedy without a dead girl in the car.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 40 | View Replies]

To: N. Theknow
After the first paragraph the "adult" voice from the Peanuts animation cartoons starting playing in my head.

Phwaaaa Phwaaa --- PhwaPhwa PhwaPhwa Phwaaaa Phwaa

52 posted on 02/04/2004 4:24:35 PM PST by freedumb2003 (Peace through Strength)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 50 | View Replies]

To: IronJack
To: All Viacom Employees
Cc: Mel Karmazin
From: Justin Timberlake
Date: February 03, 2004

RE: Super Bowl Half Time Show

Don't be so quick to walk away. Dance with me. I wanna rock your body, please stay. Dance with me; you don't have to admit you wanna play. Dance with me. Just let me rock you till the break of day. Dance with me; got time, but I don't mind.

Just wanna rock you girl, I'll have whatever you have. Come on, just give it up girl. See I've been watching you, I like the way you move. So go ahead, girl, just do that ass shaking thing you do.

So you grab your girls and you grab a couple more and you all come meet me in the middle of the floor. Said the air is thick, it's smelling right so you blast to the left and you sail to the right. I don't mean no harm, just wanna rock you girl. Make a move, but be calm; let's go, let's give it up girl. See it appears to me you like the way I move. I'll tell you what I'm gonna do, pull you close and share my groove.

Talk to me boy. No disrespect, I don't mean no harm. Talk to me boy, but I can't wait to have you in my arms. Talk to me boy. Hurry up cause you're taking too long. Talk to me boy, better have you naked by the end of this song. Are you feeling me? Let's do something. Let's make a bet, cause I, gotta have you naked by the end of this song.

53 posted on 02/04/2004 4:53:10 PM PST by BraveMan
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 36 | View Replies]

To: harrowup
"~~~~~ and was stunned by the breast explant~~~~~"

"Breast explant"??


54 posted on 02/04/2004 5:03:15 PM PST by Exit148
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 43 | View Replies]

To: IonInsights
"It was the breast of times.. It was the worst of times." ... my caption

Mike Shelton - OC Register

55 posted on 02/04/2004 6:58:32 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi Mac ...... /~normsrevenge - FoR California Propositions/Initiatives info...)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first previous 1-5051-55 last

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794 is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson