Super Bowl LIII was relatively tame compared to other ones as far as football goes.
The Patriots put the hurt on the Rams then came the halftime show…Travis Scott and Big Boi. Although I confess to being totally slammed into a brick wall with the mash-up of Pop Rock of Maroon 5 to the Rapping of Travis Scott and Big Boi formerly of Outkast, the show was well performed by all of the artists.
Adam Levine entered the stage with fireworks flaming his arrival and he proceeded to demonstrate to all that were watching why Maroon 5 is one of the world’s best selling music artists. With 109 million singles sold and 27 million albums sold and his collaboration with Rapper Cardi B “Girls Like You” peaked at #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 and received a Grammy nomination, it’s a safe bet that Maroon 5 is hot!
The half time show was not without its controversy over the appearance of the artists that chose to perform over boycotting the half-time event in support of Colin Kaepernick who chose to not stand up during the performance of the “National Anthem” back in 2016 and instead took to his knee. Kaepernick did this to make a statement about the climate of racial injustice. Kaepernick had his lawyer call out Maroon 5 for performing as well as enlisting the aid of performers such as JayZ and Cardi B. From my perspective it seems as if Levine was taking the bulk of the heat over the other performers.
Levine/Maroon 5, Travis Scott and Big boi worked out a deal with the NFL to donate their fees to charities which seemed like a good idea. This all took place prior to the actual half-time show and should have been over and done with.
Enter Levine’s now infamous strip tease during his performance, which was pretty tame if anyone were to ask my elderly opinion. The coat came off and then the shirt and there he was in his bare-chested glory. As I looked at Levine’s fine form I was thinking “Wow, the dude’s been working out and when did he get that California tattoo? Cool.”
There was a lot of panning and put downs of Maroon 5’s performance on the show. Most of it was done by musicians that have only been able to wish they had the success that Maroon 5/Levine have had. Aside from thinking that it’s pretty nervy of anyone to expect a performer to give up a chance to perform to a viewing public that is global, one must ask when Kaepernick made the decision to not stand during the National Anthem shouldn’t he be willing to accept the consequences of his actions and not expect anyone else to forgo their professional aspirations? In other words, “own it.”
I am not saying that Kaepernick was wrong to do what he did. There are times that I have not stood at the playing of the National Anthem at the Hollywood Bowl. Granted it wasn’t for such a noble purpose as his was, but I just don’t think it’s worth all of the hoopla. Kaepernick is guaranteed the freedom of choice by our Constitution just as Maroon 5 are. That freedom is part of what makes this country great.
Now the FCC claims it has over 50 complaints about Levine’s “nipplegate” incident at the half-time show. The FCC is saying that people are claiming gender inequality. The complainers’ point of reference is an incident that occurred back in 2004 at Super Bowl XXXVIII. The incident involved Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake. The two were performing and Timberlake exposed Jackson’s nipple. Jackson was left to handle the onslaught of outrage over her nipple being exposed while Timberlake was MIA and never did pay the piper for his choice to pull Jackson’s top down exposing her nipple. Somehow a correlation between the events has been drawn.
The FCC contends that a case has been made as to why did Jackson get in trouble and not Levine. I hate to break it to them, but there is a very distinct difference between men and women’s nipples. A man’s nipples are not an object of sexual desire as a woman’s are. Personally, I’ve never looked at Levine’s nipples, or any man’s nipples for that matter, and said “Will you get a load of his nipples. Aren’t those the most perfect breasts you’ve ever seen?”
Besides, when one considers that this show was global, how does a bit over 50 complaints equal enough to levy a fine on Levine and the channel that televised the event? Are men going to be arrested for indecent exposure at the beach because they are only wearing a bathing suit bottom? Or how about boxers when they fight in their shorts are they going to be fined and the channel that televises the event? Please!
To take this another step further, how about the Grammy Awards a few weeks ago? There was so much S&M costuming on the stage that I kept looking for the whips. What about that “fight cage” that had them fake brawling? Or how about that one get up with the tiny dress and the garter belt hanging down, and I hear she went commando. Music fan Marie Ornedo said “She had on more make-up than she did an outfit.” This is just one of many complaints that I received over the Grammy Awards.
At the very least, the Grammy people should be arrested for the attempted murder of rock n’ roll as they did not air the awards that involved rock n’ roll such as Greta Van Fleet and Chris Cornell.
The performances had Rhythm and Blues and Rap, Country and Motown, but no real rock n’ roll outside of the collaboration of the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Post Malone, which still defies definition. Lady GaGa is Pop and not Rock.
At the end of the day what I am trying to say is that we always have the right to change the channel to something more appropriate than a bunch of men beating the crap out of each other on the football field. I do question a parent’s judgement when allowing their offspring to view something as violent as football. If you don’t like it, change the channel!
As for myself, I plan on watching the Oscars. Queen will be performing “Bohemian Rhapsody” and, in a business that is notorious for floundering when it comes to portraying accurate rock n’ roll stories, “Bohemian Rhapsody” hits the ball out of the park with the best portrayal in ages.