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NFL should crack down on obscenities during Super Bowl halftime

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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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specsta
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specsta 02/08/12 - 01:19 am
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...And the world continues to

...And the world continues to have almost a billion people that go to bed hungry at night, 3 billion folks that live on less than $2.50 a day, 2.6 billion people without access to basic sanitation, and 22,000 children that die daily due to poverty.

Yet, the front-page headlines in the media are focused on some nameless singer who muttered a curse word and displayed an "obscene" gesture with her hand. At a football game.

Something is seriously wrong with America. We demand for heads to roll over some Super Bowl nonsense; we witness conservative groups rallying against the tv network for not being in control- and listen to parents talk about how their children were "scarred" because someone said a bad word and did a bad gesture.

God help us.

I can only imagine what some poor mother, living in a shack in India, scraping by to try and feed her children, must think of the arrogant stupidity of Americans. We care about the most unimportant, trivial absolute nonsensical piles of nothing (I have another word in mind).

MIA's antics don't affect anyone's life in any measure - AT ALL.

We are truly a nation of dummies to give this any sort of attention. How about giving some attention to the 22,000 children in this world that DROP DEAD every day from abject poverty.

Radwaste
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Radwaste 02/08/12 - 05:41 am
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Yes, and it's your fault that

Yes, and it's your fault that all those people cannot provide for themselves. You don't pay enough taxes.
There are others addressing the issues you brought up. Meanwhile, it isn't really your job or duty to provide for anonymous others who cannot provide for themselves.
Why is that? A simple law of nature. If you feed a million people who cannot feed themselves, do you know what you get? TWO million people - who ALSO cannot feed themselves. Nice job!
The Chronicle hasn't focused on doom and gloom today on their editorial page, and you're upset. On their behalf, let me say, "Sorry about that."
But on your behalf, let me ask you to stand back from the bad news for a minute or it will poison you, just as it has so many who have voted for fantasy measures that just don't work.

Techfan
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Techfan 02/08/12 - 05:57 am
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Great, let's get rid of the

Great, let's get rid of the police, miltary, firemen, etc. and have a big free for all. Survival of the fittest.

DuhJudge
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DuhJudge 02/08/12 - 07:35 am
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Ahhh...football on

Ahhh...football on TV?.....offended by a gesture at halftime.....you obviously can't read lips when the cameras jump to the sidelines.....besides.....she only did it for the attention, not because she was mad.....it worked.....give me the wardrobe malfunction though.

Techfan
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Techfan 02/08/12 - 08:05 am
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The joys of a parabolic

The joys of a parabolic microphone. I can't count the number of times I've heard profanity from the coaches. I guess that's ok with the AC.

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harley_52 02/08/12 - 08:17 am
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See, this is what I was

See, this is what I was talking about just the other day. Political correctness run amok.

Way too many really big problems in the world to create a controversy where none is needed. So what if some woman you've never heard of sneaks in an "obscene" gesture that has become as common as a handshake and mouths what appears to be a curse word that I, watching the show, didn't even see. I'm not offended. Nobody in my family was offended and I'm pretty sure nobody else was offended who wasn't looking for a reason to be offended.

People get offended way too easily these days and we waste way too much time discussing who's offended and why.

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faithson 02/08/12 - 09:46 am
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Does anyone realize that had

Does anyone realize that had 'no one' said a thing about this, it would never had happened to the 99.85% of the people who watched the game. Reminds me of how effective it is to lam blast a 5 year old for saying an obscenity they brought home from school. If left alone and the subject is changed right away... the object of offence goes away too. Make it a big deal and you self create your problem.

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burninater 02/08/12 - 09:57 am
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I thought this was going to

I thought this was going to be about the evil menace of the Socialist NFL, with its revenue sharing, payroll caps, and punishment of success come next year's draft -- all measures to prevent the concentration of a disproportionate level of wealth and ability into the hands of the few.

No wonder the NFL is such a failure, completely unable to engage in any kind of profitable enterprise whatsoever. Over-regulated, unionized, and punishing of success. Disgraceful.

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allhans 02/08/12 - 03:59 pm
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I don't watch any show that

I don't watch any show that has Madonna taking part so I missed all that. I did watch the game though. Enjoyed it throughly. Good game.

Now bring on baseball..

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Willow Bailey 02/08/12 - 04:29 pm
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If we did not give their

If we did not give their negative behavior media attention, the vulgar displays during Super half times would go away. She got exactly what she wanted; Madonna, who?

TParty
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TParty 02/08/12 - 06:12 pm
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I'm surprised this wasn't

I'm surprised this wasn't about the Clint Eastwood comercial- where Fox News and company are disgusted and offended by Mr. Eastwood saying American car companies are back, and it's only half time.

Also- are people really more offended by a finger, over the dancing and gyrating of hips?

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Bruno 02/08/12 - 09:03 pm
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Football is just a

Football is just a crypto-fascist metaphor for nuclear war.

KSL
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KSL 02/08/12 - 09:12 pm
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The NFL should hold their

The NFL should hold their halftime hirees responsible for appropriate behavior. Don't their hire the halftime "entertainment"?

T, we are just disgusted with the dumbing down of America.

KSL
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KSL 02/08/12 - 09:20 pm
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Specsta, who is supposed to

Specsta, who is supposed to teach people who can't support the children they have, to teach them they can't keep having them? It's not the responsibility of the USA to do that for people in other countries. You tell us it's not the responsibility of the USA to police the world. Why should we worry about those countries with people choosing to have children they can't support? Tell me why!

KSL
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KSL 02/08/12 - 09:28 pm
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And why should we continue to

And why should we continue to send money to them when they are consuming themselves?

We American taxpayers are doing enough to support people in our own country who are continuing to have children they can't afford because they can get money from our government in one form or another.

I have experience with a couple who believed in having as many kids as they could. Because they had 7, and his income couldn't support 7, they were getting subsidies from the government for housing. You, the taxpayer, are paying for their those children in subsidies.

Now, my husband and I came along before those government subsidies. I wanted 4 children, but we could only afford 2, paying totally for them ourselves. We would never have sought government subsidies, but they weren't available to us had we wanted to. See where our government has gone? Total vote buying by enslaving people.

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