Ever since Janet Jackson exposed her right breast (with a little help from Justin Timberlake) in Super Bowl XXXVIII, the event’s organizing committee has gone with aging rockers Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, Prince, Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen and The Who, only making an exception last year with the Black Eyed Peas after Fergie promised not to pee her pants on stage. This year, they’ve gone back to the old folks home with 80’s pop starlet Madonna, who turns 54 in August. I guess they must figure her on-stage masturbating days are behind her.
But if one Christmas-ornament-adorned bosom is worth 550 grand, what would the FCC fine for full frontal nudity, complete with hairy armpits and a massive bush? Well, in 1985, this year’s halftime headliner bared it all for two major gentleman’s magazines, and there was plenty of fur on display…
Apparently, she was paid 35 bucks a session to do some nude modelling back in 1979, only to have photographers Lee Friedlander and Martin H. Schreiber make a massive return on their investment once “Like a Virgin” became a smash hit. Her Penthouse photos, presumably taken around the same time by one Bill Stone, show her with a more trimmed look, and were also published in September 1985, making her the Bruce Springsteen of men’s magazines. Note to aspiring pop starlets: don’t pose nude if you plan on becoming famous. (This has also come back to bite French-Canadian femme fatale Coeur de Pirate…) Or if you do, try to get negotiate a percentage instead of a flat rate.
That said, it’s probably safe to say that we won’t see a repeat of her bad fur day on stage this weekend. That is, not unless she has a new album to promote. Did I mention that fleeting indecency isn’t a fine-worthy offense?