Apparently Madonna is going to be singing/dancing/performing at the Super Bowl XLVI Halftime Show this coming January.
Via AOL Sporting News:
Madonna — who will get the nod to sing and dance in ’12 at halftime of Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis’ Lucas Oil Stadium. The Material Girl will be the follow up to Fergie, who performed as part of the Black Eyed Peas in Super Bowl XLV at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
First of all… Material Girl? Can you refer to Madonna as the Material Girl 30 years later and still get away with it? Not so much.
Second of all… just like this hilarious/brilliant SNL skit below, BEP is not just made up of Fergie and Will.I.Am.
Fergie of all people should not be singled out from the Black Eyed Peas like she is their lead in any way shape or form. In all honestly — BEP has gone downhill since she came abord the group, and they’ve COMPLETELY sold out as a hip hop group. I remember driving 15 minutes from my house in upstate NY and seeing them open for Mos Def and Talib Kweli at a FREE show — where the 3 original members of the Peas freestyled for about a half hour. It was sick… they were awesome, and they didn’t need some out-produced, boiled down garbage beat behind with some sex appeal to sell an album. That was after their first album came out and I bought one of the only 2 copies the local record store had, long before Fergie came on and completely watered things down. Of course, now they’re one of the highest paid, most popular groups in the country and everyone knows who they are, so…. they’ve got that going for them.
Anyway – back to the Madonna thing.
To me this is barely different than bringing in Tom Petty, the Rolling Stones, or any of the other ancient and washed up acts they’ve safely brought in over the past 7 years to do the halftime show. It’s not 1991 anymore, and the move by the NFL is still rooted deeply in the mindset of quietly but blatantly doing away with the wardrobe malfunction perception the halftime show sustained after Justin Timberlake and Janet Jackson took the halftime stage in 2004. Give Prince credit for pushing the envelope with his guitar playing antics behind the silhouette screen.
There is nothing I will look forward to about this halftime show, there was a time and place for a Madonna halftime show long ago. The window has long been closed, and so has my open mind when it comes to booking the safest gig in town — the NFL halftime show. If they really wanted to do something spectacular and current, the Madonna-esque antics of Lady Gaga would have been somewhere to start.