Janet Jackson branded 'creepy' for grabbing dancer's crotch during performance

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By Phoebe Egoroff

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Janet Jackson has been branded as "creepy" for grabbing one of her dancers' crotch during a performance.

The 57-year-old musician - who has been responsible for mega-hits like 'Together Again' and 'What Have You Done For Me Lately' - has been on the road lately for her Together Again Tour (which is her 10th concert tour).

Announced in December 2022, the North American tour began in Hollywood, Florida, on April 14, and will end in Seattle on June 21, 2023.

Jackson promoted the tour for the first time on her Instagram account, revealing that the show would also feature 'Act A Fool' rapper Ludacris as a special guest.

The talented sister of the late King of Pop Michael Jackson - who celebrated her 57th birthday this week - was on stage on Thursday this week (May 18) in Allentown, Pennsylvania when she made some moves that raised a few eyebrows.

Wearing a black and white sequinned top and black pants, she caressed male backup dancer Mariusz Maniek Kotarski - even putting her hand on his genital area as part of her raunchy performance.

Jackson was standing behind the dancer - who was wearing baggy parachute pants - as he sat shirtless on a chair on the stage, showing off his inked-up body. She stroked his chest before making her way down to his privates, while he bit his bottom lip.

A short clip of the moment was captured by a fan in the crowd, who subsequently posted it to TikTok.

Though, some viewers didn't feel the crotch-grabbing move was necessary.

In fact, one person felt that it was "creepy."

Someone else referenced Jackson's song 'Control', saying: "Janet is out of CONTROL."

Another person defended Jackson, commenting that the sensual interaction with her backup dancer was one of her signature moves. "That's part of Her performance, it is rehearsed, Janet's been doing this for years upon years, go look up older performances [sic]," they wrote.

The same person then added: "Rehearsed meaning He is consenting.. S**t even of He wasn't part of the show, I'm sure He'd pay Her to do this...I know I sure the hell would...lol [sic]."

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Jackson is definitely no stranger to raunchy performances, with her most infamous being the wardrobe malfunction she suffered during her Super Bowl half time show with Justin Timberlake in 2004. It was during that performance that Timberlake 'accidentally' tore off part of Jackson's outfit, revealing her breast. Following the show, Jackson was heavily criticized, while Timberlake received almost zero negativity or repercussions.

It was later claimed that Timberlake wanted to out-do his ex-girlfriend Britney Spears - who had left audience members gobsmacked earlier that year when she smooched Madonna at the VMAs - and that he had staged Jackson's breast reveal.

Featured image credit: Sipa USA / Alamy

Janet Jackson branded 'creepy' for grabbing dancer's crotch during performance

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By Phoebe Egoroff

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Janet Jackson has been branded as "creepy" for grabbing one of her dancers' crotch during a performance.

The 57-year-old musician - who has been responsible for mega-hits like 'Together Again' and 'What Have You Done For Me Lately' - has been on the road lately for her Together Again Tour (which is her 10th concert tour).

Announced in December 2022, the North American tour began in Hollywood, Florida, on April 14, and will end in Seattle on June 21, 2023.

Jackson promoted the tour for the first time on her Instagram account, revealing that the show would also feature 'Act A Fool' rapper Ludacris as a special guest.

The talented sister of the late King of Pop Michael Jackson - who celebrated her 57th birthday this week - was on stage on Thursday this week (May 18) in Allentown, Pennsylvania when she made some moves that raised a few eyebrows.

Wearing a black and white sequinned top and black pants, she caressed male backup dancer Mariusz Maniek Kotarski - even putting her hand on his genital area as part of her raunchy performance.

Jackson was standing behind the dancer - who was wearing baggy parachute pants - as he sat shirtless on a chair on the stage, showing off his inked-up body. She stroked his chest before making her way down to his privates, while he bit his bottom lip.

A short clip of the moment was captured by a fan in the crowd, who subsequently posted it to TikTok.

Though, some viewers didn't feel the crotch-grabbing move was necessary.

In fact, one person felt that it was "creepy."

Someone else referenced Jackson's song 'Control', saying: "Janet is out of CONTROL."

Another person defended Jackson, commenting that the sensual interaction with her backup dancer was one of her signature moves. "That's part of Her performance, it is rehearsed, Janet's been doing this for years upon years, go look up older performances [sic]," they wrote.

The same person then added: "Rehearsed meaning He is consenting.. S**t even of He wasn't part of the show, I'm sure He'd pay Her to do this...I know I sure the hell would...lol [sic]."

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Credit: TikTok.com
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Credit: TikTok.com
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Credit: TikTok.com
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Credit: TikTok.com

Jackson is definitely no stranger to raunchy performances, with her most infamous being the wardrobe malfunction she suffered during her Super Bowl half time show with Justin Timberlake in 2004. It was during that performance that Timberlake 'accidentally' tore off part of Jackson's outfit, revealing her breast. Following the show, Jackson was heavily criticized, while Timberlake received almost zero negativity or repercussions.

It was later claimed that Timberlake wanted to out-do his ex-girlfriend Britney Spears - who had left audience members gobsmacked earlier that year when she smooched Madonna at the VMAs - and that he had staged Jackson's breast reveal.

Featured image credit: Sipa USA / Alamy