So this (photo above) is the take-away from the Super Bowl half-time show? This is what’s being discussed by all the talking heads this morning?
I was watching it on a 66-inch HiDef screen and didn’t even notice it. So, this young rapper who calls herself “MIA” gave the finger, and so many people are “offended” by it that NBC issued an APOLOGY?
I’ve never understood why so many people get so wound up about this gesture. It’s vulgar, but is it obscene? Apparently the NBC censors think so; apparently a lot of censors think the same way. Even the cable channels blur out this image, like A&E does on reruns of The Sopranos.
Ever since the Justin Timberlake-Janet Jackson wardrobe malfunction, the NFL has been spooked about what it puts on at halftime of the Super Bowl. We’re 8 years past that, and now this young Sri Lankan entertainer has set us back another 8 years.
Many news websites this morning are talking about the finger, giving it prominence over what was, I thought, a really good 15-minute presentation from a 53-year-old woman and a coterie of younger performers like Cee Lo. Madonna obviously worked her butt off to master all the complicated dancing moves that are part of such a presentation today and gave what I thought was a memorable performance.
So some young rapper gave the finger during the performance. So what? Who are these people who are so offended by this?
The real obscenity of the Super Bowl this year is that the Packers weren’t playing.