Let’s flash back to 2004. We all recall the infamous “wardrobe malfunction” in which Justin Timberlake removed part of Janet Jackson’s costume, and the nation collectively lost their shit and starting hyperventilating. FCC fines started rising, and in the following years the Super Bowl played it safe. Really, really safe:
2005 – Paul McCartney
2006 – Rolling Stones
2007 – Prince
2008 – Tom Petty
2009 – Bruce Springsteen
2010 – The Who
2011 – The Black Eyed Peas
…wait, what?! The last one is not quite like the others, is it? After selecting a bunch of dinosaurs whose heydays were in the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s, the Super Bowl decided to flash forward several decades with this year’s musical selection. I’m not a big BEP fan, but I think it’s an encouraging step in the right direction (personally, my choice would be Kanye West and Rihanna). I think last year’s widely criticized choice is what effected this change. Of the original four members of the Who, let’s take a look:
Keith Moon – dead
John Entwistle – dead
Pete Townsend – accesses child pornography for his own personal research into its evils?
Roger Daltrey – his voice is completely gone, and sounds almost nothing like it did 40 years ago (surprise!)
Let’s hope Fergie doesn’t disrobe and ruin it for everyone again. Or else next year we might be stuck with the Andrews Sisters.