Janet Jackson's nipple heads back to court


The Associated Press reports that "The Supreme Court on Monday ordered a federal appeals court to re-examine its ruling in favor of CBS Corp. in a legal fight over entertainer Janet Jackson's wardrobe malfunction."

In case you weren't alive back then, this is about the 2004 Super Bowl halftime show performance where Janet Jackson's nipple was inadvertently exposed for 9/16ths of one second.

You can read the AP piece for the details of the case, but here's what I think: It's absolutely pathetic that five years and untold sums of taxpayer money are being spent fighting about Janet Jackson's breast.

Even if the government wins the case, it will have spent far more than $500k on it. I know that's not the point, but what exactly is the point? To send a message to other networks who might air footage of popstars accidentally exposing themselves for 9/16ths of a second.

Give me a break. I wonder how much time some federal employee spend watching and rewinding video to calculate that Ms. Jackson if You're Nasty's breast exposed for 9/16ths of a second? Now that's some job creation that can't be outsourced. Can't we take the money that was spent on that and use it to fix a bridge or, I don't know, feed the hungry?

For the love of everything that is appropriate in government spending, will the FCC please drop this case and get a life?