According to MTV on Jan. 28:
"I don't think the Super Bowl has ever seen a performance like this," Duldulao added. "The dancing is great. She's more stylized, she's more feminine, she's more a woman as she dances this time around. There are some shocking moments in there too. It's a lot of pressure, there's so many creative people and creative artists, you want to make sure everything is different, and I think she's going to do that. She's doing her job well."
So what kind of "shocking moments" did we get?
In case you missed it, Justin Timberlake pulled off a portion of Janets top, exposing her "medallioned" breast for all the world to see.
In my house, we probably wouldn't watch the Super Bowl, but the Boy likes football. So his Dad and I made a point of sitting down and watching the game with him.
THIS IS WHAT PARENTS CAN EXPECT FROM THE HALF TIME SHOW????
WE SIT DOWN TO WATCH A FOOTBALL GAME WITH OUR MIDDLE SCHOOL SON AND WE GET AN EXPOSED BREAST???
Once again I am totally justified in locking out all the broadcast channels on our DISH system.
The Spin has already begun according to Drudge:
Top CBS executives approved a musical skit where Janet Jackson would expose her breast during the MTV-produced Super Bowl half-time concert, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned.
"The decision to go forward went to the very top of the network," a well-placed source explained from New York.
After the switchboard lit up with outraged parents it was a different story:
Officially, CBS drew distance from the show: "CBS deeply regrets the incident that occurred during the Super Bowl halftime show," the network said in a release. "We attended all rehearsals throughout the week and there was no indication that any such thing would happen. The moment did not conform to CBS broadcast standards and we would like to apologize to anyone who was offended."
The NFL responds:
Statement by NFL Executive Vice President Joe Browne regarding the Super Bowl halftime show: "We were extremely disappointed by elements of the MTV-produced Halftime show. They were totally inconsistent with assurances our office was given about the show. It's unlikely that MTV will produce another Super Bowl halftime."
Justin Timberlake spins:
"I am sorry that anyone was offended by the wardrobe malfunction during the halftime performance of the Super Bowl," Timberlake said in a statement. "It was not intentional and is regrettable."
They promise in advance "shocking moments", then Timberlake sings:
"I'll get you naked by the end of this song,"
They rip off her shirt, with a portion of her breast conveniently decorated with a nipple medallion.
Now they want us to believe it was an accident????
Yes. I am offended that entertainers would think it justified to "push the envelope" when it's a given that American families are all gathered around the TV set.
Yes. I am offended that they then proceed to insult our intelligence by calling it "unintentional" when it had obviously been planned all along.
In fact, I'm finding the entire Jackson clan pretty offensive overall these days. Let's throw Justin Timberlake in for good measure.
This isn't entertainment, it's poor taste. I've seen both. Low. Class. Poor. Taste.
If this is all they have to show an audience, there's plenty of strip clubs looking for new talent, I'm sure.
Update Feb. 11: FCC Chairman Michael Powell testified before the Senate Commerce Committee today joined by the four other FCC commissioners, all of whom have called for tougher penalties when broadcasters violate indecency laws.
Many bloggers, (I'm too lazy to link them), and some commentors here, (notably many from Australia or Europe), have stated the opinion that the U.S. public overreacted. In fact, they believe we are being very silly to object as we have.
I wrote the post above right after the incident. I'm going to take this opportunity to explain the reasons for my objection.
First, don't assume I'm a prude. It's not that I'm offended by the human anatomy or that I think it hurt my son in some way. In fact, right after he saw the incident live on TV he told his Dad something to the effect of, "that wasn't appropriate."
If you ever question that "sex sells" as they say, all you need to do is look at the Google hits Brainstorming gets on this post. There are days it's been bigger than an Instalanche. Sex does sell. If it didn't, advertisers wouldn't spend millions to show us how we're going to score if we drink this beer, be a magnet if we wear this perfume, etc.
As a result, we're bombarded with sexual suggestion from all fronts. You watch cartoons with your 4 year old and the commercial says, "I'm too sexy for my shirt. Too sexy for my shirt. So sexy it hurts."
At what point do we draw the line? How young is too young to sexualize our children? Why is it when I went to buy a bathing suit for my daughter when she was 7, they were all cut as if they were designed for a woman's body instead of a child's, for example with high cut legs to emphasize the length of the leg.......on a 7 year old???
Why is it Abercromie and Fitch, a store for young people's clothing, prints a soft porn catalog to sell their merchandise?
We know sex sells. Yet, we're surprised after promoting more sexual images that are more explicit at a younger and younger age that the teenage pregnancy rate goes up?
Yes. I know nudity and sexual images are more prevalent in advertisements in other parts of the world, but no one has shown me any benefit.
So I will be proud to be "old fashioned" or whatever you want to call it. I believe that modesty still has a place in the public arena.
The "wardrobe malfunction", (insert hysterical laughter here), was planned by the performers to shock, to generate publicity, and most importantly to sell their product, which is celebrity. Unfortunately, in doing so, they chose to violate US broadcasting laws.
The FCC received over 200,000 complaints because they violated the trust of the American public who sat down with the family to watch a football game. Americans have made it clear that we don't want this line crossed during "family hour" on broadcast television.