should have expected shock and surprise during halftime
are occurrences in life that are talked about for a
moment, days and, indeed, ages. The latest of these,
while intensely exciting, in the long run will be a
simple stitch in the proverbial fabric of time.
The joys of live television were perfectly captured
in a brief instant Sunday during the Super Bowl halftime
show. By now, you all know that Justin Timberlake and
Janet Jackson shocked and offended countless Americans.
I was not offended. CBS got exactly what was coming.
MTV was asked to produce the show and MTV is not now
nor will it ever be known for family programming.
If higher-ups at CBS were so concerned about presenting
a family friendly show, perhaps MTV was not the correct
choice. More to the point, why, when executives attended
practices for the show during the preceding week, did
no one complain about the musical selections themselves?
I suppose that it is perfectly family friendly for Nelly
to sing its getting hot in here so take
off all your clothes. Of course, Ill assume
then, too, that for Justin Timberlake to sing about
having some random female naked by the end of
this song is fine as well.
Lets go a bit further. Bring in the FCC to investigate
Timberlake and Jackson. Oh thats right, its
being done. While thats happening, we can investigate
all the costly commercials aired during the game. Those
were not exactly family friendly either.
What else can I complain about? There are loads of topics,
but I think this is quite enough. I wonder, though,
if anyone else sees the ridiculous nature of all this?
I mean really, the FCC? Come on.
People were understandably offended at the culmination
of this performance. However, no one complains that
the male performers are constantly grabbing their crotches.
Is that fine, then? Thanks, just wanted to be certain.
Hopefully, you begin to understand that I feel the whole
situation has been blown out of proportion. To be so
up in arms over a bit of flesh concerns me. It seems
fine to curse, show people in bed together and use off-color
humor on prime time television. In addition, it obviously
is fine to sing about getting naked, but very wrong
to actually attempt theatrical performance of the same
My greatest frustration over this whole situation is
that no one seems to mind that Kid Rock cut a hole in
an American flag, a symbol of our nation and something
sacred to many people, and wore it like a poncho. I
would have thought that might have stirred something,
but apparently, sex and sexy things still garner all
the attention, no matter what you do.
Noles is a columnist for the Daily OCollegian
at Oklahoma State University. This column was distributed