Okay, I know I’m way late with this one but I created a draft post the day it happened and then promptly forgot all about finishing it up. 🙂
So everybody knows about MIA’s flipping of the proverbial bird to the Super Bowl audience a couple of weeks ago. The way the Parents Television Council (a.k.a. The National Commission of Prudes and Perpetually Offended Religious Blowhards) is reacting to it is pure magic: self-righteous offense at a simple gesture, claiming that millions of people were insulted and spiritually wounded by an assault on their morals. Witness the crazy:
The PTC says the NFL promised the organization a clean show despite casting performers with provocative reputations.
“NBC fumbled and the NFL lied because a performer known as M.I.A. felt it necessary to flip off millions of families,” wrote PTC president Tim Winter. “It is unfortunate that a spectacular sporting event was overshadowed once again by broadcasting the selfish acts of a desperate performer. Last week the NFL formally told the PTC – and the American public – that the Super Bowl halftime show would be ‘appropriate.’ Most families would agree that the middle finger aimed directly at them is not appropriate, especially during the most-watched television event of the year.”
According to an NBC spokesperson, the monitoring system tried to blur M.I.A’s gesture, but was too late by a fraction of a second (photo and video here). The NFL, however, hired the talent and produced the show.
“The mechanism NBC had in place to catch this type of material completely failed, and the network cannot say it was caught off guard,” Winter continued. “It has been eight years since the Janet Jackson striptease, and both NBC and the NFL knew full well what might happen. They chose a lineup full of performers who have based their careers on shock, profanity, and titillation. Instead of preventing indecent material, they enabled it. M.I.A. used a middle finger shamelessly to bring controversial attention to herself, while effectively telling an audience filled with children, ‘eff-you.’”
Ya know what? Every time something like this happens on live T.V. and groups like this get upset, I want to stand up and cheer. These morons need to be offended. Lighten the fuck up, America!