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The BEST Super Bowl 2012 joke!

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Monday, February 6, 2012

It was already making the rounds after the announcement of the half-time “entertainment” was announced.

The artist formerly known as “Madonna” was scheduled to perform during the 2012 Super Bowl, sometimes also referred to as the XLVI Super Bowl.

I suppose those folks take themselves a bit too seriously, what with the Roman numerals and such. Does anyone recall the Super Bowl XXX? Seems there were some problems with Internet filtering software which disallowed people from visiting the Super Bowl site, or any mention of “XXX,” since the algorithm was set to block pornographic materials, which have been typically monikered as “XXX.”

Fast forward to this year’s debacle.

Yes, debacle.

The Super Bowl has been in decline – just like the “Material Girl” – for quite some time, which is why the best 2012 Super Bowl joke was “Madonna.”

Here’s a girl group named “Sal’s Birdland” from their album “Nude Pictures Inside,” performing their tune “I’m not like Madonna.” The lyrics are very telling. The musicianship, engineering and album production are equally superior. The nude pictures, by the way, are pics of the performers babies – taking baths, of course – very tasteful, and are in no way obscene.

The high-profile faux pas by some low-class artists – notably among them, Janet Jackson, whose career fell into decline after her “wardrobe malfunction” in which she bared her breast, revealing a nipple ring and shield – have been the death knell for those whose poor choices sealed the deal with their bad behavior.

Face it… the Super Bowl ain’t your personal playground, and it’s not the place to be getting freaky.

Nobody wants to see your nasty junk.

So, it should come as no surprise that Madonna Louise Ciccone – the artist formerly known as “Madonna” – should pull some kind of stupid stunt as allowing  Mathangi “Maya” Arulpragasam – also referred to as the artist known as M.I.A – to flip off (make an obscene gesture) toward the cameras during the performance of the half-time show.

Perhaps the real catcher is that neither the NFL nor NBC give a rat’s rip about the viewers. They just want eyes on the set, which translates into $$$.

What’s that saying about activity and money? You either do a thing for love, or you do it for money.

If you do it for money, there’s a word for that.

MIA Super Bowl flip off

This is not my opinion exclusively.

Greg Kot, music critic for the Chicago Tribune noted the attire of the artist formerly known as Madonna suggested she was “apparently on her to way to an S&M party in Ancient Egypt,” and observed that “by the end she was flogging a world peace message.” Her performance was painful, and her repertoire “broke off bits of her greatest hits to remind people of a time when she was” popular.

His regularly appearing column entitled “Turn It Up” was critical not only of the entire event, but was most particularly critical of the “entertainment.”  The article in its entirety may be found here – http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/music/turnitup/chi-madonna-super-bowl-halftime-madonna-reviewed-at-super-bowl-halftime-20120205,0,2177938.column Following are the concluding paragraphs.

““Give Me All Your Luvin’,“ the new song inserted into the set list, had a – surprise! – football theme, a techno take on Toni Basil’s 1980s cheerleader anthem, “Mickey.” The song was glutted with cameos by Minaj and M.I.A., who dutifully moved their lips along with the backing track being piped through the stadium speakers in Indianapolis. M.I.A. did manage to insert herself into the post-halftime chatter, however, by flipping a left-handed, one-finger salute. (“The NFL hired the talent and produced the halftime show,” NBC-TV said in a statement to the The Hollywood Reporter web site.  “Our system was late to obscure the inappropriate gesture and we apologize to our viewers.”)

“Twenty years ago, one might’ve expected such rudeness from Madonna herself, but in a pregame interview she vowed no “wardrobe malfunctions” to match the Super Bowl scandal pinned on Janet Jackson a few years ago.

“Madonna has never really been about “live” performance; her concerts are essentially theatrical exhibitions accompanied by piped in music (Jeff Lanahan, a microphone technician who worked the halftime, said the vocals were performed live over recorded music). This performance was no different. But the song fell flat for other reasons – it just isn’t arresting in the way prime Madonna could be. Rhyming “Ya wanna” with “Madonna,” recasting herself as a cheerleader for a sport that she’s barely noticed in decades past – it was the Material Girl who couldn’t deliver the goods.

“The National Anthem was notable if only because the performance by Kelly Clarkson was so straightforward. Unlike last year, when Christina Aguilera tried to make the song all about her and flubbed a line in the process, Clarkson gave a strong, dignified reading backed by martial drumming and a children’s choir. Not coincidentally, Clarkson’s rendition checked in at 1:34, a full 20 seconds more concise than Aguilera’s gymnastics exhibition. Clarkson’s anthem was preceded by Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert, who dished up dignity with a twang on “America the Beautiful.”  Understatement at the Super Bowl – what a concept.”

Billy Eichner Hits The Madonna Super Bowl Show – Madonna! Madonna! Madonna!


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