Staublog 02/02/04 Halftime Fiasco

“It was an accident. We’re really sorry. Please accept our apology.” How stupid do these people think viewers are? I’m referring, of course, to the Janet Jackson, Justin Timberlake “wardrobe malfunction” in which Jackson’s breast was exposed just after his lyrics promised to “have you naked by the end of this song.” The naked breast was covered by a well-placed pastie in the shape of a star. Jackson did not look shocked, Timberlake did not react. It was staged and stupid.

MTV wants to be positioned with their viewers as nasty and in-your-face to authority. Timberlake?: Perhaps an attempt to upstage Britney for her Madonna Kiss. Jackson?” Maybe she is jealous of her brother’s media attention for media hype around his child molestation charges? Her performance announced that she is willing to molest children too just visually instead of physically.

This was a Superbowl where the best thing was the game. The ads were lackluster.The halftime was a celebration of a fallen culture in which MTV partnered with the NFL saying, you bring the violence, we’ll bring the sex, and a good time will be had by all!

At the end of the game some of the Patriots hoisted their young kids on their shoulders in celebration. During halftime, families with little kids were forced to endure an assault on their sensibilities. The NFL wants young male viewers in the audience and the halftime indicated they were willing to demean young women to get them. Their parents are boomers who want to be cool and aren’t prone to moralizing given their own indiscretions in the 60’s. FCC Chairman Michael Powell says he will investigate the bared-breast incident, a welcome move, but is the FCC unconcerned about the suggestive lyrical content of Kid Rock and others who performed?

The Romans packed their amphitheatres with increasingly shocking venues each topping the one preceding it. Their moral core was toasted and it took more and more to wow the crowd. Then the Roman’s empire crumbled from within. Having lost their lofty ideational vision they descended into a sensate stupor.

After the halftime fiasco, MTV, NFL, Justin, CBS everybody said the ¢â‚¬Ëœright things” as they carried the bags of money to the bank. We’re all talking about it today-that’s what they wanted. What they don’t want is to change anything. It’s the economy stupid! Follow the money. We are a society unafraid of moral bankruptcy and someday we’ll pay for what we’re getting.

Also today:
My friend Walt Mueller of the Center for Parent and Youth Understanding sounds off about the halftime.

Brent Bozell of the Parent Television Council reacts.

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