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And what happens when one is seen at the Super-bowl half-time show? Well, everyone pretty much freaks out. I am not sure whether the outcry is hysterical funny or completely bloody pathetic. I quite honestly am leaning towards the latter. The conspiracy theories make it all the more daft.

Hint: They generally come in pairs (except on Amazons) and they are almost always attached to women.

Maybe if more American children were actually breastfed as children they would know what the hell the things look like. Here is what they were so upset about.

What was really offensive about the MTV half-time show was there was no rock to be seen anywhere. You would think from watching it that 90% of the US was black and liked urban music. Even the token white bloke (Timberwank doesn’t count since he is a wigga) was rapping.

It’s a form of racism.

It seems the EU thinks hip-hop is da bomb, as well. Yet another reason for Norwegians to be glad for telling the EU to naff off.

At least it can’t be said that Janet’s alleged publicity stunt has not spread the wealth.

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  • Scott Harris

    The point is not whether seeing an exposed breast is a big deal to everyone. The point is that it is a big deal to a significant portion of the public. And common courtesy demands being sensitive to their desires as well. What MTV did was rude and classless. To classify the concerns of millions of Americans as pathetic or not worthy of consideration is contemptible.

    Here is a copy of the email I sent the NFL at sbcomment@nfl.com

    “To Commissioner Tagliabue:

    The only language CBS and MTV speak (besides vulgarity) is money. Unless the NFL acts to impose some kind of financial penalty on them, then it is impossible to escape being implicated in what happened. The NFL brand has been severely damaged. Who, I ask you, is talking about what was one of the better Superbowl games ever played? Answer: Very few people. Your showcase was highjacked by a bunch of selfish hedonistic perverts. If you fail to act, how can fans reach any other conclusion but that you approve, no matter how vigoruously you protest?

    Below is a copy of the email I sent to CBS and MTV. I copied this to the FCC and my Federal Senator. I also contacted the office of The Dallas Cowboys to express my anger. I have been an NFL fan for almost 30 years, since the age of nine years old (specifically the 1974 Thanksgiving game between the Cowboys & Redskins.) I expect better from you, and I will be watching closely to see how you handle this situation.”

    Here is a copy of the email I sent MTV and CBS.

    “I am incensed at the crude and rude spectacle that was the Superbowl halftime show. In the past, while my wife and two daughters would not watch the game, they would watch the show at halftime. Fortunately, this year they were working on a school project.

    Nevertheless, my youngest daughter, 9 years old, looked up to watch the show. After watching Nellie pull on his crotch about a couple of dozen times, and hearing the explicit lyrics, I muted the TV. Then watching Timberlake stalk Jackson around the stage like she was some bitch in heat, including feeling her up, grinding hips and slapping her butt, I mumbled something like, “Can’t even watch the Superbowl anymore” and turned off the channel just moments before Jackson, Timberlake, et al, assaulted us even further.

    Unfortunately my teenage son, at a church-sponsored Superbowl party, for God’s sake, was exposed to this blatant display of public rudeness. I am sick of hearing artistic types whine about artistic freedom, and then pull a obviously purposeful stunt like this. That entire show was utterly disgusting.

    If I want to watch Porn, I know where to get it. The Superbowl is not the place. What ever happened to simple human consideration for one another? I wonder what all those suddenly proclaiming this is “No big deal” would think of a halftime evangelistic crusade put on in the name of religious freedom of expression. Do you think all the supposed civil rights advocates would be defending that display? I didn’t think so.

    Go ahead and push the envelope. But don’t do it on my time. There is a thing called “informed consent.” I was neither informed, nor did I consent to exposing my children, and the teenagers in my church to this blatant display of juvenile sexuality.

    And also don’t give me any crap about I have the right to change the channel. As a matter of fact, I did change the channel. But not until after I was visually and morally assaulted. There is no civil right to “surprise” me and my family with your utter contempt for the values of American families.

    Maybe this is “no big deal” among music industry types. But that is why I have blocked access to MTV, VH1 and other channels on my TV. What you did was simply rude. I hope the FCC hits you with a $50 million fine. Maybe then you idiots will get the message that it is NOT ok to impose your vulgarity on the unsuspecting American public.”

  • http://fando.blogs.com Natalie Davis

    What was really offensive about the MTV half-time show was there was no rock to be seen anywhere. You would think from watching it that 90% of the US was black and liked urban music. Even the token white bloke (Timberwank doesn’t count since he is a wigga) was rapping.

    Now, that’s offensive.

    FACT: Most of the audience shots were of kids who didn’t have much in the way of melanin. They were singing/rapping along and having a great time. One needs not be awash in melanin to like urban music. And truth is, if you go to middle schools and high schools in America, you will hear the kids — kids of many hues, BTW — listening, yes, to Evanescence and John Mayer, but primarily to rap and urban music. Deal with it.

    FACT: Kid Rock was rapping. Would you call him the W word? (And Timberlake mostly sang.)

    But yes, I would have preferred a rock-music show too. This brown-colored human prefers rock to rap any day of the week. Sorry to contradict the stereotypes you apparently consider gospel.

  • http://AReasonableMan.com Gil

    Scott,

    I wonder what all those suddenly proclaiming this is “No big deal” would think of a halftime evangelistic crusade put on in the name of religious freedom of expression.

    It wasn’t any worse that Kurt Warner proclaiming “THANK YOU JESUS!!!” after his victory a few years ago.

    If you agree, then you’re at least being consistent. But still silly.

    It was a few seconds of accidentally exposed flesh. It didn’t do any real harm to anybody.

    All of this outrage is ridiculous.

  • Scott Harris

    The harm is not the exposed breast. The harm is the implicit message that it is no big deal to ignore the sensibilities of large portions of the American public. The harm is the drip, drip, drip degradation of public decency, which includes respect for fellow citizens even when you disagree.

  • http://www.foliage.com/~marks Mark Saleski

    yea, yea….society has been going to hell in a handbasket ever since there’s been, well, a society.

  • Eric Olsen

    I thought we already ARRIVED in hell in our handbasket, and we’re turned away at the door.

  • http://AReasonableMan.com Gil

    Scott,

    I’ll make it explicit: “It is no big deal to ignore the sensibilities of large portions of the American public.” Of course, it could be costly (even without government penalties) and that’s why CBS wishes it didn’t happen.

    If you want your mistaken ideas protected from criticism, then you’ll have to lock yourself up somewhere to keep away from it.

    New ideas and trends will always work their way into the public sphere, and reactionaries will always be offended. But that’s necessary for progress to occur.

    I’m not saying that it’s good to shock and offend people for its own sake, but eventually you either need to develop very thick skin, or be willing to change your opinions about what is acceptable. Because what is acceptable should change.

    I think the Saudi Arabian standards of decency, for example, are much worse than those displayed at the halftime show. I don’t consider moving from a static standard like theirs to our evolving one to be degradation.

    If you’re unable to enjoy the show, then that’s the fault of your rigid preconceptions that are handicapping you. Please don’t insist on imposing them on me. It’s rude of you to ignore my sensibilities like that.

  • duane

    “New ideas and trends will always work their way into the public sphere….” My, such high-sounding words applied to trash culture. Like he says, it’s not the breast that offends, OK? Timberlake could have whipped his dick out, too. I’m sure that we, including little kids, have all seen male genitalia. What’s the big deal? Let’s at least be clear that what has offended so many are the sexual connotations of said breast and the process by which it was exposed. It has nothing to do with breast-feeding and the “beauty of the natural human body” that so many who are purporting to pass themselves off as “enlightened” have referred to. But that aside, the whole episode is offensive to me because it is yet another example of pandering to the lowest common denominator. As if the typical football fan hasn’t been dumbed down enough already by swimsuit issues and football phones, now they get halftime lingerie modeling on pay-per-view, and network foreplay and hip-hop at halftime. It’s not the breast. It’s the sheer dumbness of it.

  • Michele Michaels

    U “White” people r so ! contradictive. You talk like you’re so ! perfect. When in fact, You’re not. You all expose your nasty selves all on the tele. Showing your a– on commercials, and s—. Your kids see that. As well as, These shows that of course that is on these days. Most of them r shows about, Sex, etc. You’re not there with your kids when they go to school. Whos’ to say that, your child isn’t the one that’s showing off naked pics at school, or some other kid isn’t showing them. You white people have high tolerance for sex. You love sex so, don’t set there and pretend like, your child don’t know what a tit looks like. I’m sure with the way u all carry on in your own homes your child has caught u having sex as much as you all like it. He has seen your body. believe it. It’s just that, You don’t like it because janet is a beautiful ! Black woman, and her tits at 37 probably looked good to your husband, or boyfriend. you got jealous thinking is, that what they look like underneath. Afraid your husband might wanna taste the other flavor. It’s all good. We don’t want your husband. i’m sure janet apology to the press was what it was. So F— off, and let it be. You white people want to own every ! dam thing. let it be shit ! It’s over with. Stop acting like u all r so pure. Someone up above know all your dirty li secrets, and what u migt be doing to your own kids.

  • duane

    “U “White” people r so ! contradictive.”
    You mean “contradictory.”

    “You talk like you’re so ! perfect. When in fact, You’re not.”
    I’m about 99% perfect. I have this trick knee thing going on, and I eat way too much ice cream. Other than that….

    “You all expose your nasty selves all on the tele.”
    Well, I can’t speak for everybody, but I’ve never exposed myself on the tele.

    “You white people have high tolerance for sex.”
    Oh, it goes way beyond “tolerance,” baby.

    “Afraid your husband might wanna taste the other flavor.”
    I don’t have a husband at the moment.

    ” You white people want to own every ! dam thing.”
    Well, almost. I would not want to own a Corvair.

    “Someone up above know all your dirty li secrets….”
    You mean the secretary up on the 2nd floor? How the hell did she find out? Great. No wonder everyone’s been looking at me kinda funny today.

  • Eric Olsen

    Michele, I absolutely, 100% do not believe race has anything to do with this nonsense. Do you really think the reaction would have been different if the woman had been white? I’m white and I think Janet is hot, especially for 37 – who doesn’t? Justin Timberlake is white and he got almost as much shit as Janet. Michael Powell is black and he is leading the crusade.

    You doth protest too much.