Janet’s Nip Slip > The Who (Halftime Solution for 2011)
I know one of the XXL bloggers already touched on this earlier this week, but I had to give my two cents about the Super Bowl halftime show.
The Who? Cool, I guess, if it were Super Bowl IV. Seriously, the country’s biggest event of the year that everyone from all walks of life watches, and the NFL gives us a band that’s been around for 46 years? To top it off, they aren’t even from the US! Even my father said it looked like watching a retirement home show.
CBS had Jay-Z and Rihanna do the intro and interstitials. Why sucker out at the half with the most conservative choice since Rush Limbaugh?
I understand CBS, the NFL, and everyone is scared of contemporary pop acts since Janet showed 86-percent of her boob a few years ago, but it doesn’t mean they have to punish the rest of the world because of it.
In addition, one of the Who members, Pete Townshend, is a sex offender. They actually mailed out notices in the area he was staying to families (seriously) in Miami warning them to keep watch on their children. Where are the protests and outrage now for a pedophile?
And I don’t hear anyone screaming about Tim Tebows anti-abortion commercial they aired either. Surely both of these are worse than seeing a (not even a fully naked) breast for half a second. Besides, most people didn’t have HDTV at the time or even notice the nip slip until the media made a big deal about it.
Now, I actually enjoy the Who; but to give them 15 minutes during the countries most watched event in 2010 when they look like they should be in rockers and wheelchairs? Not so much.
I even verified my reaction to be in line with 99-percent of the online world, when a quick Twitter search showed #isurvivedthewho as a trending topic.
The last Super Bowl halftime I enjoyed was Michael Jackson, as he is the only performer in the world that can make everyone happy. Since he’s gone, we need to create an entirely new approach for the Super Bowl halftime show.
Because of the huge variance in demographics in audience, do a super medley of artists from all areas of music. Imagine the Who, Rihanna, Jay-Z, Taylor Swift, Prince, etc. all performing a super mashup of records together with tons of surprise guests popping out (especially since the length of the show is about 15 minutes, which is plenty of room for everyone).
If done right, it may even INCREASE the audience become it’s something people specifically tune in for instead of turning to Animal Planet to watch the Puppy Bowl! They could even put it on a 10 second delay if they’re scared about the content being safe. No one will mind, and it will eliminate any boobs/curse words/Kanye interruptions.
NFL, if you’re listening, I will even volunteer my services to cleverly make a sample mix to preview what it would sound like so you can see the potential of what this could be. The Super Bowl this year and everything around it (other than the Pro Bowl debacle, which is another story) was A+. You achieved the highest ratings in TV history this time around, and showcased a great game. For the world’s biggest event, please do something to make the halfway point of it enjoyable for everyone. It isn’t rocket science and will actually help out the Super Bowl brand, ratings, and NFL as a whole. I promise.