Tuesday, February 6, 2007

Prince + guitar + sheet + wind = Phallic Connotations?

As soon as I saw it, I knew someone would have a hissy over Prince's halftime show and the illusion he gave during one of the songs.
Sure, we all laughed when we saw it. But that's because we can be somewhat of a dirty minded group when we all get together.

But some people go ape-crazy over stuff like this and have a need to make something out of nothing.

From the USA Today article:

A number of bloggers have decried "Malfunction!" — including Sam Anderson at New York magazine's Daily Intelligencer. Daily News television critic David Bianculli called it "a rude-looking shadow show" that "looked embarrassingly rude, crude and unfortunately placed."

CBS spokesman Dana McClintock said Tuesday that the network has received "very few" complaints on Prince's performance. CBS last aired the Super Bowl in 2004 when Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake's "wardrobe malfunction" sparked criticism and a subsequent crackdown on broadcast decency from the Federal Communications Commission.

But this time, it was the NFL that produced the halftime show (MTV had in 2004). Spokesman Greg Aiello said the league has received no complaints.

"We respect other opinions, but it takes quite a leap of the imagination to make a controversy of his performance," Aiello said. "It's a guitar."

My gosh! Don't people have anything better to do?
It's Prince, for cripes sakes! You didn't expect some bit of controversy?!?! I'd say compared to past things I've seen of Prince, he toned it down quite a bit for the halftime show.

The Minnesota native has attracted controversy before. Tipper Gore launched a campaign to place a warning sticker on his 1984 album Purple Rain because of the lyrics to the song Darling Nikki. Though his musical style has been expansive, he's best known for funky, sexually charged songs like I Wanna Be Your Lover and Get Off.

Prince's previously most talked-about performance came at the 1991 MTV Video Music Awards, where he donned yellow, butt-baring pants, (a stunt later spoofed by Howard Stern). Always eccentric, he famously changed his name to The Artist Formerly Known as Prince, then to simply a symbol and finally back to Prince. He also became a Jehovah's Witness in the mid-'90s.

I think he did a great job. It was entertaining and tasteful. You gotta give it to the guy.....he sure can play a mean guitar.

To all the men in our group on Sunday laughing and saying how weird he was, just remember......you're all weird too. But Prince has made a fortune on being weird. It works for him.
I don't see you all doing a halftime show in front of 86 million people. And I'm sure every one of you know every word to Purple Rain.

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