Monday, February 4, 2013

The Super Bowl: Not Just for Adults, Yanno.

Football.  I love it.  I always have.  My dad made sure of that.  He began teaching me the game  during that historic game back in 1967:  the very first championship game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Green Bay Packers.  The very first Super Bowl.  Snug in his arms, he explained what a first down was.  What each position's responsibility was.  Offense and defense.  And the joys of that winning touchdown was.  Back then, and later on as I learned the game, the Super Bowl was just a big game.  The "Half-Time Show" was probably a marching band.

I seem to remember that as I got older, the HTS was centered around children.  After all, kids watched the games, too.  Disney funded shows.  I guess adults grew bored with that.  Still, I - and my dad - kind of viewed half-time as time to go to the bathroom, stretch a bit, and refill the dip bowls with a marching band playing on the field in the background.

Now, it seems like it's all about money.  Sure, I love a witty commercial, but it's ridiculous the amount of money these sponsors pay to get seen.  Some watch just for these ads, and not the game.

And suddenly the HTS is almost as important as the game itself.  I'm down for a cool HTS!  I loved Tom Petty's performance.  But still, I miss the marching bands.  Call me old and goofy.  Whatever.

Remember I said that football and the Super Bowl are family events?  Oh, wait... I didn't, did I?  Let me make this clear;  The Super Bowl is a game.  Kids like football just as much as adults do.

Last night, Alicia Keys opened with a stunning tribute to our land with our National Anthem.  Not only did she sing it beautifully (I said sing.  Not squeal.  Not screeching.  Not trying to hit every octave on the scale),  she did it with class.  She looked lovely.  It was beautiful.

Then Half-Time began.

I was shocked.  Out comes Beyonce.  She was dressed like a cheap hooker.  She gyrated like a pole dancer.  We turned it off.  It was disgusting.

Do the entertainers forget that there are children watching?  Do the promoters even care?  I know, people are reading this and thinking I'm off my rocker.  Perhaps I am.

The Super-Bowl is a FAMILY EVENT!  I cringe at the thought of children witnessing this crap.  Some parents don't even care that their kids are seeing this.  Even my own son, who was watching with us (he's seventeen) was like, "Whoa."  Yes, he is a normal, hormonal teenage boy, but even he seemed embarrassed seeing this performance.  We turned it off and enjoyed the beginning to Home Alone.  

I think it's very sad that singers these days feel that they must dress like hookers in order to get an audience.  I hate that the norm for dancing resembles something you'd see in a strip-club.  I'm not alone in my opinions.  Many agree.  If Beyonce wants to perform wearing next to nothing and gyrate like that, fine.  Just keep it out of the eyes of children.

Too bad the power outage couldn't have prevented her performance.

Just my parental .02

What’s sexy about saying, ‘I’m here with my boobs out and a short skirt, have a look at everything I’ve got?’ My idea of sexy is that less is more. The less you reveal the more people can wonder.”  -Emma Watson. 

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