Halftime Fallout: Now Britney Is Banned
02/10/2004 AT 04:18 PM EST
Fallout from the Janet Jackson-Justin Timberlake Super Bowl halftime fiasco continues to claim other, unrelated music stars. The latest casualty is Britney Spears, Timberlake's former girlfriend.
MTV, the cable music network that produced the halftime show, announced on Monday that it was yanking several of Spears's sexy videos from its daytime rotation, including her latest video "Toxic," and that it would begin airing them during night hours, from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m., Reuters reports.
A spokeswoman for MTV denied that the network was censoring itself, but rather that it was responding to the public furor over the exposure of Jackson's right breast during prime time on national television. "Given the particular sensitivity in the culture right now, we're erring on the side of caution for the immediate future," she said.
Regardless, as the outcry over the Super Bowl incident continues to spread across the entertainment landscape, Spears is just one of several stars to be affected by the incident. JC Chasez, Timberlake's 'N Sync band mate, was bumped from the entertainment lineup at last Sunday's NFL Pro Bowl in Honolulu.
While there was no indication that Chasez intended to perform any questionable material, a spokesman for the Pro Bowl said removing the boy-band member was simply a safeguard. "We just felt it was inappropriate as we're being extremely cautious in light of what happened at the Super Bowl," the spokesman told the Associated Press.
As for MTV, Britney isn't the only act whose videos are being aired for insomniacs. Blink 182, Maroon 5 and the rock group Incubus also join the all-night marathon, reports Reuters.