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Madonna: M.I.A.’s Super Bowl Antics Were ‘Teenager’

Photo: Madonna's Super Bowl halftime performance with M.I.A. and Nicki Minaj

Whoa. Sounds like Madonna refuses to take any heat for M.I.A.‘s recent Super Bowl halftime antics.

Which I kind of do not understand? Like, I’m a little surprised, actually. Since when has Madonna been one to shy from controversy? No offense, Madge, but M.I.A.’s gesture was a gift to you! It was the gift of sudden relevance! (We can argue that one, if you want.)

The Hollywood Reporter:

“I didn’t know about it until I left,” the singer said on a call to On Air With Ryan Seacrest. “I had no idea what goes on in front of me, the camera capturing things, so when I left, I found out about it in the elevator on my way to get into the car to go to the airport.”

[…] “I was really surprised,” she says of hearing about MIA’s gesture. “I didn’t know anything about it. I wasn’t happy about it. I understand it’s kind of punk rock and everything, but to me there was such a feeling of love and good energy, and positivity, it seemed negative.”

“It’s one of those things,” she continues. “It’s such a teenager… irrelevant thing to do, but on the other hand, there was such a feeling of love and unity there. What was the point? It was just out of place.”

We get it, Madonna: you didn’t plan the stunt. No, we know. But “teenager“? Teenager?Irrelevant“? Irrelevant?

Madonna, I would watch where you point those soundbytes, because you have not been living in our dimension for a little while now. You’re the tastemaker, the provocateur, remember? You’re the one who made random shows of anti-authoritarianism cool and “now.” M.I.A. is your protégée! She just wanted to do you right!

Remember, Madge: when you point the finger, three point RIGHT BACK AT YOU. (I feel like I’ve typed this dumb idiom before? Oh, OK.)

Image via CNN. Thanks, CNN!

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  • Madonna’s whole f-ing “career” is “teenager.” She’s just pissed that she’s too old to pull it off successfully anymore. The lyrics to her new song sound like they were written by a 13 year old. Pathetic.

  • I agree with Pufinstuf that her new song does sound teenagerish (and like crap, may I add). However, I can kind of see what she means. Madonna has always pushed the limits of what’s appropriate, but I don’t know if she would do it in such an all-ages, super-public venue where there aren’t any “graphic content” warnings. Maybe I’m wrong, but every time I’ve seen her or heard her on a public channel, there has been nothing offensive to complain about…

    • Except that VMA performance in 1984, the “Like A Prayer” video that was (very briefly) featured in a Pepsi commercial, etc., etc. Of course this is back in the day. She had quite a career based on shocking people in a sexual way. She could have evolved as an artist as she aged and grew as a person. But I suspect she hasn’t grown much as a person. I don’t think there was a lot of substance there to begin with. She’s always been more about “what’s new” than what’s new and innovative or what’ s new and informative or thought provoking.

      • Yeah, but see this is exactly what I’m talking about. The VMA’s are on a channel that most parents know is not necessarily kid friendly (though most of them don’t seem to care much), whereas the Super Bowl is expected to be watchable by everyone in the family. The Pepsi commercial is a good point, I suppose, although that wasn’t Madonna forcing her controversial antics on people, that was Pepsi deciding (poorly, I might add) to use that video for a commercial. I’m not saying that Madonna isn’t a provocateur or isn’t about pushing the boundaries and just being “what’s new.” I’m saying that, when Madonna is on MTV or in concert, there is an expectation that you might see something provocative, and thus her antics seem to be somewhat different from MIA’s, who took the opportunity at a family-friendly event to do something not very family-friendly. Maybe this is what Madonna sees as the difference between her brand of controversy and MIA’s. She’s still being a bit hypocritical, but I can kind of see where she’s coming from.

  • M.I.A. is taking the whole Forrest Gump saying to heart. This really is the epitome of “stupid is as stupid does.”

  • So her song, featuring 2 artists massive among the teen demographic, has a cheerleader chant, the video features football players and pom poms, she’s flipping her leotarded vajayjay over dancers young enough for her to adopt, but flipping the bird (over the lyric “I don’t give a shi*”, btdubz) was the “teenager” bit of the performance? So over this hypocritical old lady. Can’t wait for her to “reinvent herself” as someone who acts their age.

  • no offense to the author/poster but madonna is not a “tastemaker” and she’s a “provocateur” from eons past. also she is no longer relevant anymore. unless one counts how long she’s been doing this/being famous, there’s nothing else relevant about her

  • Why is Madonna still relevant? Why was she ever relevant in the first place? I guess Lady Gaga has adopted that same “shock-effect” technique now, but at least Gaga can sing! Madonna sounds like crap and she has had MAYBE 1-2 actually good songs in her entire career! And she’s an annoying bitch who thinks way to highly of herself! Just go away!