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NFL should crack down on obscenities during Super Bowl halftime

You have to go out of your way to offend the sensibilities of singer Madonna.

 

But it’s become part of the Super Bowl halftime show to
offend folks, right?

Given the world’s biggest stage, some degenerates simply can’t resist defiling it, just for sport. Once again, a vulgar moment during the Super Bowl halftime show has marred an otherwise glorious American extravaganza – this time during what may have been the most-watched event in U.S. history.

M.I.A., a British female singer and one of the acts joining headliner Madonna on Sunday, just had to flash an obscene gesture, and blurt a profanity at the cameras.

Don’t blame NBC-TV. The National Football League produced the halftime show, and the folks at NBC tried valiantly to avoid the unpleasantness with a quick push of a button that turned out to be a second too late.

Nor could the network have seen this coming; oddly enough, the woman kept her middle finger to herself in rehearsals. Imagine that.

“As the incident continues to grab headlines across the world, Madonna, 53, is said to be far from pleased, feeling it has detracted from their performance,” one news report said.

You think?

It’s reminiscent of the alleged “wardrobe malfunction” that exposed Janet Jackson’s breast at the 2004 Super Bowl. Anyone who saw it knows it was hardly an accident.

We don’t know what depravity leads successful entertainers to tarnish an otherwise wholesome show, dishonor the people who have hired them, and disgrace themselves before the largest audience in history. But there it is. This woman will always be remembered for it.

No one loves the NFL more than we do, but come on. We’ve had it up to our gills with the league’s inability to police the most-watched halftime show of the year. These displays debase the culture and send a message to our youth that crude, contemptible behavior is acceptable, even fashionable.

Maybe the league needs to insert a clause in entertainers’ contracts that says they forfeit their pay and agree to pay a $500,000 fine if they use profanity or obscene gestures during the show.

Maybe everyone on stage with them should be liable as well. Maybe we need a little peer pressure.

If the NFL can’t write an airtight contract absolutely pummeling any entertainer who willfully degrades society with such antics, maybe it’s time to bring back marching bands.

Just make sure you know ahead of time what the band is going to spell out.

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