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February 3, 2004
POP CULTURE: The Boob Tube

I missed the now-notorious peep show at halftime at the Super Bowl; I only caught a little of halftime before changing the channel in disgust and disinterest. My wife's reaction to a glimpse of the show even before Janet Jackson's "wardrobe malfunction": "don't they know that children watch the Super Bowl"?

The Corner had the two best reactions. From Jonah Goldberg:

LOOK AT IT THIS WAY.... Your daughter comes home crying, driven home by a boy you never liked in the first place. Before you can ask what happened she runs up to her room. You ask the boy what happened. He says, "Mr. Goldberg it's not my fault. She had a wardrobe malfunction!"

From John Miller:

"Dad, why are they doing that?" asked my son, age 6, just before his bedtime. What was I to say? "Some people call it dancing," was my lame reply. I should have told him that maybe all the dancers forgot to go potty before they went on stage.

Also, it occurred to me afterwards that Justin Timberlake has done things like this before.

Posted by Baseball Crank at 6:58 AM | Pop Culture | Comments (3) | TrackBack (0)

Yeah, I missed it too. Didn’t even know about it until the next day. Knowing that the halftime show was produced by MTV was enough to encourage me to find alternative viewing until the game resumed (about an hour later).

While I join others in disgust, it is simply impossible to be shocked by anything produced by MTV. The network is desperately self-promoting, crass and vapid. Its quality and aspirations have only gone downhill since “Beavis and Butthead” went off the air…

Posted by: The Mad Hibernian at February 3, 2004 9:22 AM

It's like I said somewhere else, you know things are strange when Aerosmith is the most wholesome act of the night.

Posted by: Ricky at February 4, 2004 6:10 AM

Made me yearn for 2002, when U2 provided the only halftime show I ever found even remotely moving. U2 was probably the only band at that time with the gravitas necessary to do a half time show in the shadow of such tragedy, but maybe for Springsteen.

Posted by: MasterFlak at February 4, 2004 2:46 PM
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