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Old 02-07-2007, 04:02 AM   #1
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More Superbowl controversy

So the latest controversy is about Prince's half time performance. All I can say is are these people serious!

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By JAKE COYLE, AP Entertainment Writer
Tue Feb 6, 11:16 PM ET



NEW YORK - In the sensitive post-wardrobe malfunction world, some are questioning whether a guitar was just a guitar during Prince's Super Bowl halftime show.

Prince's acclaimed performance included a guitar solo during the "Purple Rain" segment of his medley in which his shadow was projected onto a large, flowing beige sheet. As the 48-year-old rock star let rip, the silhouette cast by his figure and his guitar (shaped like the singer's symbol) had phallic connotations for some.

A number of bloggers have decried "Malfunction!" including Sam Anderson at New York magazine's Daily Intelligencer. Daily News television critic David Bianculli called it "a rude-looking shadow show" that "looked embarrassingly rude, crude and unfortunately placed."

CBS spokesman Dana McClintock said Tuesday that the network has received "very few" complaints on Prince's performance. CBS last aired the Super Bowl in 2004 when Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake's "wardrobe malfunction" sparked criticism and a subsequent crackdown on broadcast decency from the Federal Communications Commission.

But this time, it was the NFL that produced the halftime show (MTV had in 2004). Spokesman Greg Aiello said the league has received no complaints.

"We respect other opinions, but it takes quite a leap of the imagination to make a controversy of his performance," Aiello said. "It's a guitar."

The majority of the reaction to Prince's performance has been laudatory, including positive reviews from The Associated Press, the New York Times and USA Today all of which noted the lack of controversy in this year's halftime show. AP Entertainment Writer Douglas J. Rowe wrote: "He delivered one of the best Super Bowl halftime shows ever."

For decades, the electric guitar, by nature, has been considered phallic. From Jimi Hendrix's sensual 6-string swagger to Eddie Van Halen's masturbatory soloing, the guitar has often been thought an extension of a male player's sexuality.

Was Prince's pose phallic?

"The short answer is, of course it is," says Rolling Stone magazine contributing editor Gavin Edwards, who points out that on Prince's "Purple Rain" tour in the mid `80s, he performed with a guitar that would ejaculate, squirting water out of its end during the climax of "Let's Go Crazy."

"All that said, it didn't seem like a sniggering little puppet show," adds Edwards. "I think it was one of those things because a guitar at waist level does look like an enormous phallus."

By enlarging his shadow, it's possible Prince intended to accentuate this aspect of his solo, but it's just as likely it was accidental. (You can find videos of the halftime show at YouTube.com.) A message left with Prince's publicist Tuesday wasn't returned.

The late-night shows have taken notice. On CBS's "The Late Late Show" on Sunday night, host Craig Ferguson said of Prince: "He was obviously very happy to be there, wasn't he?"

Stephen Colbert reacted with mock outrage on Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report" Monday night: "They knew that they were dealing with a lustful, pansexual rock 'n' roll deviant," said Colbert, who joked that the sheet hid (not enhanced) Prince's "demonic guitar phallus."

In recent years, Prince has scaled down his performances, which were once renown for their gymnastics. His mini-concert at the Colts-Bears game in Miami included parts of "Purple Rain," "Let's Go Crazy," "Baby I'm a Star," Bob Dylan's "All Along the Watchtower," the Foo Fighter's "Best of You" and Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Proud Mary."

The Minnesota native has attracted controversy before. Tipper Gore launched a campaign to place a warning sticker on his 1984 album "Purple Rain" because of the lyrics to the song "Darling Nikki." Though his musical style has been expansive, he's best known for funky, sexually charged songs like "I Wanna Be Your Lover" and "Get Off."

Prince's previously most talked-about performance came at the 1991 MTV Video Music Awards, where he donned yellow, butt-baring pants, (a stunt later spoofed by Howard Stern). Always eccentric, he famously changed his name to The Artist Formerly Known as Prince, then to simply a symbol and finally back to Prince. He also became a Jehovah's Witness in the mid-`90s.

But Prince's halftime performance, though celebrated, came in a much different cultural environment, where even the fleeting outline of a man and his guitar could, for some, suggest shaded depravity.

"If people want to be hypersensitive, they can be hypersensitive," says Rolling Stone's Edwards. "Those trombones are phallic, too. What are you going to do?"
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Old 02-07-2007, 06:15 AM   #2
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As soon as I saw him pull the "Austin Powers" routine, I knew they would all be chiming in. Nuts.
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Just goes to show you how some peoples minds just WANT TO BE in the gutter. Don't they have anything else to do ?

"We respect other opinions, but it takes quite a leap of the imagination to make a controversy of his performance," Aiello said. "It's a guitar."

I think anyone holding a guitar and casting a shadow on a "sheet" that it could be interpreted as a "Phalic Symbol".
If your minds in the gutter than it would be easy to see.
How do they ever watch a person eating a "Banana" and not think that it looks like ,,well you know.
Please find something more constructive to bitch about people.
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Old 02-07-2007, 07:06 AM   #4
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That's my boy Prince for ya. 20 years after he sizzled he is still hot even though now (to some) he seems to only fizzle.

I wonder what these people with nothing better to bitch about would have done if Prince would have had that ejaculating guitar?
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Old 02-07-2007, 07:28 AM   #5
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This is why most halftime shows suck ***. No one wants to perform because some jackass will complain that they were being sexist, racist, incompassionate to gays, mentally challenged, or Jews. Thats why we end up with garbage like the Backstreet Boys lip-sinking during the Pro Bowl, like last year.
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Old 02-07-2007, 07:41 AM   #6
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It is freaking hilarious. You can't do anything anymore without someone screaming foul.
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Old 02-07-2007, 07:55 AM   #7
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Old 02-07-2007, 07:58 AM   #8
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Funny how he is Prince now. The symbol thing bombed.
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Actually, I think the symbol and the name "The Artist Formerly Known as Prince" was because his record label owned (trademarked?) the name "Prince". He switched back when he could use it again without legal issues.

That said, he's not as cool since he went all Jehova's Witness.
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GAWD I HATE people. Geesh. This - and the snickers commercial...WTH is wrong with people.

People aren't happy unless they have something to bitch about.
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GAWD I HATE people. Geesh. This - and the snickers commercial...WTH is wrong with people.

People aren't happy unless they have something to bitch about.
i thought the snickers commercial was frickin hilarous. Also the rolling rock one with the dudes in the manthongs. if you dont think it's funny, id be worried about your sexuality.

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i thought the snickers commercial was frickin hilarous. Also the rolling rock one with the dudes in the manthongs. if you dont think it's funny, id be worried about your sexuality.

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I thought the commercial was pro-homo, actually. I can't beleive pro-homo groups would get all pissy..ya know?
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you know, the moment i saw the curtains go up and they showed his silhouette and he started doing whatever he was doing, i had this feeling that some wacko whos got nothing else better to do was going to complain about it....and there you go...

I didnt see the snickers commercial...i did like the slap thing instead of high fives.
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you know, the moment i saw the curtains go up and they showed his silhouette and he started doing whatever he was doing, i had this feeling that some wacko whos got nothing else better to do was going to complain about it....and there you go...

I didnt see the snickers commercial...i did like the slap thing instead of high fives.
http://www.break.com/SuperBowl2007/snickers_kiss.html

Here ya go. you can also see alot of the other commercials on the site as well...

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I thought the commercial was pro-homo, actually. I can't beleive pro-homo groups would get all pissy..ya know?
Actually I gotta say I was actually surprised by this commercial too. I am an HRC member (One of the groups bitching about the commercial) so I am pro-gay rights big time and I found the commercial to be quite funny. If anything the HRC and the other groups should be happy that there was even a commercial that wasn't afraid to touch on a topic. I am very confused to why they are bitching to be honest... ah well...
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I actually didn't see any of the commercials! Was it a pretty good year or was it on par with the .com year?
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Actually I gotta say I was actually surprised by this commercial too. I am an HRC member (One of the groups bitching about the commercial) so I am pro-gay rights big time and I found the commercial to be quite funny. If anything the HRC and the other groups should be happy that there was even a commercial that wasn't afraid to touch on a topic. I am very confused to why they are bitching to be honest... ah well...

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I tell ya, people are so thin skinned these days. THESE ARE COMMERCIALS!!!! Not life affirming events meant to influence our kids or purposefully offend some group of individuals. If these commercials got your attention, then the add campaign worked. My mom accually thought the rock, paper,scissors comercial was in poor taste because now kids will throw rocks at each other. totally ridiculous. LIGHTEN UP PEOPLE!!!
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Crab god/ Budwiser very creative, Dog and horse cute,
Prince performance naughty but funny - but what do you expect from Prince???
Hair commericals painful, Honda Commerical ...Now that one I would question!
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