Due to the controversy caused by the Justin Timberlake-Janet Jackson boobgate, the NFL has decided to cancel a halftime performance by Timberlake’s fellow ‘N Syncer, J.C. Chasez, NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy confirmed to E!.
Chasez had reportedly planned to perform “Blowin’ Me Up (With Her Love) during halftime of the NFL Pro Bowl this weekend.
The song was featured on the soundtrack for 2002’s Drumline-which was rated for the record, a staid PG-13.
However, still smarting from the R-rated Super Bowl festivities, the NFL has decided to steer clear of any potential for further embarrassment.
“We thought it was over the top,” McCarthy told TelevisionWeek.com. “It was because of the song and how we believed it was going to be choreographed. We wanted to go in a different direction.”
McCarthy said that Chasez had not been holding rehearsals at the Pro Bowl. As a result, the NFL made a preemptive strike, barring any possible “wardrobe malfunctions” from halftime entertainment.
Instead, spectators will have the opportunity to get laid-oops, that’s lei’d. The halftime entertainment will now be Hawaiian-themed in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Pro Bowl being played in the Aloha State.
Chasez released a statement expressing his extreme sorrow at having his performance nixed.
“No one could be more disappointed than I that the NFL has canceled my halftime performance at the Pro Bowl this coming Sunday,” Chasez said. “I’ve told the NFL I understand the pressure they are under since the Super Bowl.”
Right-the pressure caused by a certain former bandmate and a member of the Jackson family. But no hard feelings…
Chasez hasn’t been crossed out of the equation entirely-McCarthy said the singer is in negotiations to perform the national anthem at the game.
In the meantime, Chasez has a slew of upcoming television performances scheduled to promote his debut solo album, Schizophrenic, due out Feb. 24.