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Better East Texas: Super Bowl halftime shows

By Pat Stacey

You may not have even noticed the finger flip by M-I–A during the Super Bowl halftime show.  NBC and the NFL thought they had everything covered but the somewhat subtle gesture even made it by the censors that were working off of a 5 second delay. 

What is so ridiculous is what the Super Bowl half time show has become – a shock venue for no-talent performers like M-I-A.  I don't know if she was paid for her performance but if organizers can't control these acts through some type of punitive action like forfeiture of their earnings, then we need to go back to marching bands at half time. 

Now that won't happen so it falls on those that line up these performers to exercise some level of control so wastes like M-I-A don't get the opportunity to try to shock the audience again. 

I thought Madonna was entertaining and the production was good so it is a shame that something this offensive happened - again. 

Obviously the NFL and show organizers have not learned their lesson. I fear, though, that we will see the Super Bowl halftime show become even more of a shock venue because stunts like this ultimately lead to a financial payoff by bolstering the offender's rebel image, selling more of their garbage. 

You just hate to see a great American tradition morph into a trampy attempt to entertain through vulgarity.  Come to think of it, I'll take the marching bands anytime over performers like M-I-A.  It'll make for a return of tradition and a Better East Texas.

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