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Super Bowl Sleaze: Shmuley's Five Daughters Watch Janet Jackson Strip
Beliefnet ^ | 2-2-04 | Shmuley Boteach

Posted on 02/02/2004 8:44:43 PM PST by SJackson

Super Bowl Sleaze Justin and Janet's half-time antics made the erectile-dysfunction ads look dignified.

I have been watching the Super Bowl since I was nine years old. I still remember so many of the highlights, beginning with the miraculous connections of Terry Bradshaw and Lynn Swann in Super Bowl X, in Miami. I still love watching the Super Bowl and I make a Super Bowl party for my kids every year.

But while the game is usually wonderful, the half-time show is becoming increasingly depraved. It would be nice if we football fans could watch the NFL championship game as a celebration of the human competitive spirit, rather than a display of the latest pop tart's cleavage. If seems incredible to me that the NFL would have allowed itself to be used to launch the next decadent music act, but that's what the Super Bowl half time shows seem to have become. To be honest, I can't even remember which pop harlot ran around half naked on stage last year. They all seem to blend into one boring blur.

But this year was by far the most degenerate of all. Justin Timberlake, a man distinguished neither for his dance nor his music, decided to open Janet Jackson's blouse and expose her breast. I'm not making this up. As soon as I saw it, I knew it had been planned, even though Janet gave this "shocked" look of surprise. Timberlake, who is locked in a permanent game of one-upsmanship with his former girlfriend, the vulgar Britney Spears, was looking to upstage the Britney-Madonna kiss. That's what happens in a popular culture that has deteriorated to being almost entirely about empty sensationalism.

Madonna and Britney's desperate attention-getting act, performed on a music awards show in sync with the perverted state of today's music, seemed to blend right in. But Justin and Janet's crude and offensive act was done during the Super Bowl half-time show, when all my kids were watching. My children looked confused and bewildered. What the heck was that? What is nudity doing on the Super Bowl? What is such disgusting behavior doing during a football game? How could the NFL allow the degradation of its flagship event? Is there really no level to which the modern culture won't stoop?

Do the kids of America need to see Janet's breast? Is there any way for me as a father to protect my five daughters from images of women inviting their own sexual exploitation just in order to appear in tomorrow's tabloids?

By allowing such disgusting spectacles, the NFL degrades every athlete who worked his hardest through the long football season to reach the Super Bowl. This is their moment. It ought not to be stolen away by Neanderthal music miscreants.

The rest of the half-time show was equally awful. P. Diddy, Nelly, and Kid Rock combined to produce nothing but horrible noise. Kid Rock especially seemed to be screaming at the top of his lungs with absolutely no melody accompanying him. I do not claim to be a connoisseur of music, and no doubt some of the younger generation will accuse me of being backward and judgmental. But if I'm wrong and this is music, then why is it more famous for nudity and sensationalism than rhythm and lyrics?

Amazingly, even the Cialis and Levitra commercials, both of which appeared at least three times each during the Super Bowl, were infinitely more respectable and subtle than the half-time show. And they were both commercials for erection pills!

In the midst of it all, CBS was running commercials for next week's Grammy's. The usual cast of lowlifes, including Madonna and Britney, were highlighted. They announced that a special tribute to the Beatles would be included in the Grammy's, as if there were any connection between today's exploitative and wearisome acts, who gain attention through vulgar sensationalism, and the Beatles, whose music was lasting and heavenly.

But if music is going into the gutter, that doesn't mean that America's leading sport, and greatest sporting event, need follow it.

Come on NFL. Get some dignity.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: boteach; nipplegate; superbowl
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As frequently happens, Shmuley doesn't get it, America's leading sport is baseball, Roseanne Barr's performance aside.
1 posted on 02/02/2004 8:44:45 PM PST by SJackson
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To: SJackson
Is this the Jewish guy who has made numerous TV appearances, and is a very close friend of Michael Jackson?
2 posted on 02/02/2004 8:46:52 PM PST by thesummerwind (Like painted kites, those days and nights, they went flyin' by)
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To: thesummerwind
Yes, he has a radio show, and is on the outs with Michael now.

Schmuley is on the right, of the picture, not politically

3 posted on 02/02/2004 8:50:10 PM PST by SJackson
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To: thesummerwind
He was, until he decided to libel him all over the internet. Apparently, he thinks that celebrities are fair bait for the public display of his wisdom whether they want it or not.
4 posted on 02/02/2004 8:50:10 PM PST by Piranha
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To: SJackson
By any chance, was Janet singing "Little Brown Jug," when this "accident" occurred?
5 posted on 02/02/2004 8:50:38 PM PST by Paul Atreides (Is it really so difficult to post the entire article?)
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To: SJackson

Well he hit the nail on the head!
6 posted on 02/02/2004 8:53:48 PM PST by tutstar ( <{{---><)
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To: SJackson
America's leading sport is baseball

unless you live in detroit then its all about the redwings

politics and chest baring aside,it was A DAMN GOOD football game last night i was very impressed with carolina

7 posted on 02/02/2004 8:55:44 PM PST by MetalHeadConservative35 (Next NFL season: Go Lions,and Peyton? dont worry your time will come,best of luck in '05)
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Is this the Jewish guy who has made numerous TV appearances, and is a very close friend of Michael Jackson?

Yes he is.

This guy is slow to learn, but sure likes to liberally hand out advice to anyone and everyone.

Here's an example of his slow learning.

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"I have noticed that the past few years have seen a gradual erosion of my once considerable affection for President Clinton. I have endeavored to understand why. The Monica Lewinsky story was not the cause. As a relationship counselor, I have witnessed other essentially decent men who have been unfaithful to their wives. Less so was it Clinton's refusal to protect the United States amid continued provocation from al-Qaida, because, while I condemn his virtual inaction, the case can still be made that only a cataclysm the magnitude of Sept. 11 could have fully awakened the United States to the threat of international terrorism.

Rather, upon reflection, I have been able to identify the precise time and cause that Bill Clinton began to so shrivel in my eyes. It was when President Bush brought the American hammer down, first in Afghanistan obliterating the women-beating Taliban, and then in Iraq, where Saddam's genocidal assassins were sent early to their graves. Witnessing such humanitarian and heroic action, I was able to compare Clinton's indifference with the decisiveness of a leader who finally gave meaning to the words "Never again.""

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Shmuley sees the light, finally got it. What a guy.

8 posted on 02/02/2004 8:57:12 PM PST by thesummerwind (Like painted kites, those days and nights, they went flyin' by)
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To: SJackson
Trust me, it's not music. Mozart, Beethoven, and my namesake, J.S. Bach, can continue to rest easy. For that matter, so can Nat King Cole, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Frank Sinatra, and other real music makers.
9 posted on 02/02/2004 8:57:39 PM PST by luvbach1 (In the know on the border)
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To: SJackson
Yet another writer weighs in on nipplegate.

Be sure to keep your internet tuned to free republic, with the most complete coverage of nipplegate anywhere!

I'm thinking nipplegate might soon need its own ping list.
10 posted on 02/02/2004 8:58:05 PM PST by flashbunny ("Never try to teach a pig to sing. It wastes your time and annoys the pig." -Mark Twain)
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To: SJackson
seems incredible to me that the NFL would have allowed itself to be used to launch the next decadent music act

Actually, there not the next decadent music act... they're all has-beens

11 posted on 02/02/2004 9:00:10 PM PST by GeronL (www.ArmorforCongress.com ............... Support a FReeper for Congress)
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To: thesummerwind
It's one vote, maye. Better late than never I guess.
12 posted on 02/02/2004 9:00:17 PM PST by SJackson
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To: Piranha
He was, until he decided to libel him all over the internet. Apparently, he thinks that celebrities are fair bait for the public display of his wisdom whether they want it or not.

He's just a needy, self-aggrandizing, publicity hound. He's also another person who should "just shut up".

13 posted on 02/02/2004 9:00:49 PM PST by thesummerwind (Like painted kites, those days and nights, they went flyin' by)
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To: flashbunny; SJackson; GeronL; Paul Atreides; NautiNurse; I still care; anniegetyourgun; Helen; ...
I'm thinking nipplegate might soon need its own ping list.

Put me on it please if you start one. Anything to stay abreast.

14 posted on 02/02/2004 9:06:23 PM PST by thesummerwind (Like painted kites, those days and nights, they went flyin' by)
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To: GeronL
It's lucky they're has-beens --- there aren't too many 14-16 year olds still out there that are impressed by either Timberlake or Jackson --- if a 12 year old boy was impressed and tries to imitate this performance in school, ripping off the shirt of one of his female classmates, he's going to find himself in all kinds of trouble.
15 posted on 02/02/2004 9:08:03 PM PST by FITZ
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To: SJackson
Kid Rock especially seemed to be screaming at the top of his lungs with absolutely no melody accompanying him.

On Hannity, I heard that Kid Rock was the only singer who was actually singing his music live instead of lip-sync. If that is true, I would give him credit for that almost no matter what he sounded like (I didn't hear the performance). That having been said, I don't understand the rationale of spending $millions on a half-time show that's indistinguishable from what MTV shows 24/7. If the goal is to attract an audience, why not show something that isn't already available elsewhere?

16 posted on 02/02/2004 9:10:00 PM PST by supercat (Why is it that the more "gun safety" laws are passed, the less safe my guns seem?)
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To: FITZ
He will be in trouble, but he could apply for an NEA grant...
17 posted on 02/02/2004 9:11:23 PM PST by GeronL (www.ArmorforCongress.com ............... Support a FReeper for Congress)
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To: FITZ; GeronL; flashbunny; Paul Atreides; NautiNurse; I still care; anniegetyourgun; Helen
It's lucky they're has-beens --- there aren't too many 14-16 year olds still out there that are impressed by either Timberlake or Jackson --- if a 12 year old boy was impressed and tries to imitate this performance in school,ripping off the shirt of one of his female classmates, he's going to find himself in all kinds of trouble.

If he imitates this performance and rips off my 13 year old Annie's shirt, he'll get slugged in the jaw and end up laying on the floor like a flounder.

Knowing the state of things in this increasingly insane society, Annie will then end up on the wrong side of a lawsuit. Bring it on.

18 posted on 02/02/2004 9:21:04 PM PST by thesummerwind (Like painted kites, those days and nights, they went flyin' by)
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To: Paul Atreides
Apparently, it runs in the family, and Janet Jackson and Michael have a lot in common.
19 posted on 02/02/2004 9:24:32 PM PST by tessalu
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To: supercat; SJackson
Those halftime shows are a perfect example to the rest of the world what the left here has created, and continues to want to make of this once great country. Those shows are a garish, gross, excessive mess. That's how the rest of the world sees us, thanks to the left ...... and a few other amoral bags of s**t.
20 posted on 02/02/2004 9:26:10 PM PST by thesummerwind (Like painted kites, those days and nights, they went flyin' by)
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