We watched the Super Bowl - who didn't - and were paying a fair amount of attention to the halftime show, but never even had a hint that anything "peculiar" had happened until I ran downstairs and did a quick check of Blogcritics. We were getting 5,000 visitors an hour. This was noteworthy. The Janet Boob Bomb had hit. The fallout continues to reverberate through the media, the political sphere, and has forced a discussion on the state of the culture:
WARNING: Several of the stories below include images of near-nudity, or link to images of near-nudity (on the other hand, if you haven't seen the Janet footage by now, welcome back from Mars!):
Super Bowl stunt: But what about the bling bling?
"Boobs conquer everything from the networks to the media to corporate America."
Posted in Blogcritics on February 13, 2004 10:24 AM
Janet tit-storm now moves to Capitol Hill
"Janet Jackson's Super Bowl exposure was 'a new low for prime- time television,' the government's chief broadcast regulator told lawmakers Wednesday. The Super Bowl halftime show featured a duet by Jackson and Justin Timberlake that ended with Timberlake tearing off...
Posted in Blogcritics on February 13, 2004 09:13 AM
Hearing My Money Whisked Away
If everyone is done giving their Oscar caliber performances in Washington, I would be willing to say we have all had enough. You are wasting everyone's time and a whole bunch of taxpayer's money. Yesterday there was a meeting in...
Posted in Blogcritics on February 13, 2004 09:04 AM
Senate and House Broadcast Indecency Hearings
Yesterday's Senate and House broadcast indecency hearings saw the usual grandstanding and puffery, but the problem is real: At a Senate Commerce Committee hearing, chairman John McCain, R-Ariz., urged cable and satellite companies to offer viewers the ability to pick...
Posted in Blogcritics on February 12, 2004 11:57 AM
Snip-Snip Here, Snip-Snip There - Network Censors Get Busy
The Oscars are imposing a five-second delay for the first time, the Grammys had a five-minute delay, and the networks are scrutinizing their shows as they haven't in years: As executives from Viacom Inc. and the NFL head to Washington...
Posted in Blogcritics on February 11, 2004 04:26 PM
Oscars: Five-Second Delay "Censorship"?
A five-second delay in the Oscar broadcast has the Academy up in arms. The Grammys had a five-MINUTE delay and got a sterile show as a result: Oscar president Frank Pierson has attacked a planned five-second delay on the TV...
Posted in Blogcritics on February 11, 2004 03:41 PM