So I didn’t watch the Super Bowl yesterday. However, instead of doing all the awesome things I was planning on doing yesterday, I had to go down to the urgent care clinic because I’ve been having a hard time walking, moving, and existing. It turns out that my kidneys don’t like me very much right now, and I’ve spent most of yesterday and today rolling around in bed, crying, and trying to figure out if I should go to the emergency room or just watch another Pokemon movie. So yeah, no Super Bowl anything for me.
I did read Jenn’s recap of the halftime show this morning though, so that’s something. I still can’t bring myself to watch Madonna‘s performance, but I did see the clip of M.I.A. flipping the bird during her bit. I thought it was pretty “whatever,” but apparently the internet is acting like this is the worst thing to ever happen in the history of forever. In particular, the Parents Television Council has their panties in a bunch. What’s new though, right?
A powerful parents TV watchdog claims NBC failed the American public by “enabling”M.I.A. to flip off the camera during the Super Bowl halftime show yesterday … and now the group is demanding punishment.
The Parents Television Council has released a statement on the incident … saying, “It is unfortunate that a spectacular sporting event was overshadowed once again by broadcasting the selfish acts of a desperate performer.”
The PTC claims NBC and the NFL knew full well what could happen … especially because they chose a lineup filled with “performers who have based their careers on shock profanity and titillation.”
The PTC also rips NBC for failing to block the image from broadcast … especially since Janet Jackson’s nipplegate incident on CBS 8 years ago.
The group is NOT asking for an apology — insisting one would simply “[ring] hollow after yet another slap in the face to families.”
Instead, the group wants ACTION — saying, “Either the NFL and NBC will take immediate steps to hold those accountable for this offensive material in front of a hundred million Americans, or they will feebly sit back and do nothing.”
Can someone take a moment to explain what the problem is here? I mean, I know that showing your middle finger on television is against the rules, but why? And if this happens during live television, why can’t everyone just shrug it off and move on with their lives? If these parents are mad because their kids saw M.I.A.’s middle finger, then, uh, not a huge deal. If you’re a parent with kids old enough to want to watch the Super Bowl, wouldn’t you know that a Madonna show might be a little racy and plan ahead for that?
Either way, if the FCC decides to issue a fine for this, then M.I.A. is the one who will have to pay. As for this apparently damnable action, she hasn’t made any kind of statement about it, but a source close to her said “that her actions were caused by ‘adrenaline and nerves,’ a result of getting ‘caught up in the moment,’ and weren’t an attempt to make any kind of statement.’” Fair enough.
Do you guys think people are overreacting to this, or were you offended by what M.I.A. did?