Prince's Super Bowl Performance (not what you think)

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    "Was Prince's Super performance too revealing?
    POSTED: 10:46 a.m. EST, February 7, 2007

    • Prince guitar solo behind sheet at Super Bowl called phallic
    • Sensitive subject since Janet Jackson "wardrobe malfunction"
    • Many Prince songs sexually charged, but image has changed
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    NEW YORK (AP) -- In the sensitive post-wardrobe malfunction world, some are questioning whether a guitar was just a guitar during Prince's Super Bowl halftime show.

    Prince's acclaimed performance included a guitar solo during the "Purple Rain" segment of his medley in which his shadow was projected onto a large, flowing beige sheet. As the 48-year-old rock star let rip, the silhouette cast by his figure and his guitar (shaped like the singer's symbol) had phallic connotations for some.

    A number of bloggers have decried "Malfunction!" -- including Sam Anderson at New York magazine's Daily Intelligencer. Daily News television critic David Bianculli called it "a rude-looking shadow show" that "looked embarrassingly rude, crude and unfortunately placed." (What did you think? Respond in the Marquee blog.)

    CBS spokesman Dana McClintock said Tuesday that the network has received "very few" complaints on Prince's performance. CBS last aired the Super Bowl in 2004 when Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake's "wardrobe malfunction" sparked criticism and a subsequent crackdown on broadcast decency from the Federal Communications Commission.

    But this time, it was the NFL that produced the halftime show (MTV had in 2004). Spokesman Greg Aiello said the league has received no complaints.

    "We respect other opinions, but it takes quite a leap of the imagination to make a controversy of his performance," Aiello said. "It's a guitar."

    The majority of the reaction to Prince's performance has been laudatory, including positive reviews from The Associated Press, the New York Times and USA Today -- all of which noted the lack of controversy in this year's halftime show. AP Entertainment Writer Douglas J. Rowe wrote: "He delivered one of the best Super Bowl halftime shows -- ever."

    For decades, the electric guitar, by nature, has been considered phallic. From Jimi Hendrix's sensual 6-string swagger to Eddie Van Halen's masturbatory soloing, the guitar has often been thought an extension of a male player's sexuality.

    Was Prince's pose phallic?

    "The short answer is, of course it is," says Rolling Stone magazine contributing editor Gavin Edwards, who points out that on Prince's "Purple Rain" tour in the mid '80s, he performed with a guitar that would ejaculate, squirting water out of its end during the climax of "Let's Go Crazy."

    "All that said, it didn't seem like a s******ing little puppet show," adds Edwards. "I think it was one of those things because a guitar at waist level does look like an enormous phallus."

    The 'Darling Nikki' days

    By enlarging his shadow, it's possible Prince intended to accentuate this aspect of his solo, but it's just as likely it was accidental. (You can find videos of the halftime show at YouTube.com.) A message left with Prince's publicist Tuesday wasn't returned.

    The late-night shows have taken notice. On CBS's "The Late Late Show" on Sunday night, host Craig Ferguson said of Prince: "He was obviously very happy to be there, wasn't he?"

    Stephen Colbert reacted with mock outrage on Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report" Monday night: "They knew that they were dealing with a lustful, pansexual rock 'n' roll deviant," said Colbert, who joked that the sheet hid (not enhanced) Prince's "demonic guitar phallus."

    In recent years, Prince has scaled down his performances, which were once renowned for their gymnastics. His mini-concert at the Colts-Bears game in Miami included parts of "Purple Rain," "Let's Go Crazy," "Baby I'm a Star," Bob Dylan's "All Along the Watchtower," the Foo Fighters' "Best of You" and Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Proud Mary."

    The Minnesota native has attracted controversy before. Tipper Gore launched a campaign to place a warning sticker on his 1984 album "Purple Rain" because of the lyrics to the song "Darling Nikki." Though his musical style has been expansive, he's best known for funky, sexually charged songs like "I Wanna Be Your Lover" and "Get Off," to offer two titles that can be repeated in a mainstream publication.

    Prince's previously most talked-about performance came at the 1991 MTV Video Music Awards, where he donned yellow, butt-baring pants (a stunt later spoofed by Howard Stern). Always eccentric, he famously changed his name to The Artist Formerly Known as Prince, then to simply a symbol and finally back to Prince. He also became a Jehovah's Witness in the mid-'90s.

    But Prince's halftime performance, though celebrated, came in a much different cultural environment, where even the fleeting outline of a man and his guitar could, for some, suggest shaded depravity.

    "If people want to be hypersensitive, they can be hypersensitive," says Rolling Stone's Edwards. "Those trombones are phallic, too. What are you going to do?"

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    Honestly, this is just getting friggin ridiculous.

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  2. Mr. Durden macrumors 6502a

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    Oh. My. God. :rolleyes:

    I will admit that the phalic imagery is there. But only if you choose to see it. I mean, I bet I can find some sort of sexual inuendo in just about anything.

    Sipping a drink through a straw? You betcha.

    The pillars for my office building? Obviously.

    An airplane taking off? Yep.

    Bananas. Pens. Practically ANY dance. Most musical instruments. The list goes on and on. But only if thats what you want to see. This is riduculous. And even if you were a bit offended by it, how mad do you have to get to actually go through the trouble of complaining to authorities? Geez!
     
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    This country has gotten out of hand with this. OMG!! It's a penis! GASP! A breast! Save the children they can't be allowed to see such things!!!! SOMEBODY THINK OF THE CHILDREN!!!!!

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    Silly silly silly. That said, the crowd I was with during the show all busted out laughing at the shadowy phallus.
     
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    I think there were worse things going on in Prince's performance - like his music, for example, or that mustachiod Aunt Jemimah look he had going. That's what you should be protecting your children from.
     
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    There have been worse performers to play the Super Bowl (not talking about the "Wardrobe Malfuntion") But yea, probably could've done without Prince. I was even more disappointed in the fact that a lot of the commercials this year sucked.
     
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    Yeap.
     
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    IMHO Prince kicked serious butt in the Super Bowl performance. He's an incredible guitarist and performer, and the fact that he was playing in the pouring rain and never even winced was just awe inspiring.

    Much better show than the ones I remember - The Stones, Paul McCartney, Janet Jackson.

    Bob:eek: :D :apple:
     
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    I don't know why anyone would get angry over it, but the silloutte was CLEARLY and knowing prince, most likely intentionally phallic. I don't see it out of line to make that connection - just watch him look at his shadow during the performance...he knows exactly what his shadow is showing.
     
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    i'm surprised nobody complained about a few seconds later, him having that satanic pose with the guitar.

    strike two.:mad:
     
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    Of course he knew what he was doing.

    And for my money, this was worse than the Janet Jackson thing. Hers was accidental and so brief that if you blinked, you just about missed it. Prince's was very intentional, and the cameras really held on those shots.

    Normally I'd only roll my eyes at something that ridiculously juvenile. But this wasn't on a cable music channel where I might expect to find raunchy stuff, this was in the middle of a sporting event that lots of families were watching together.

    Just as I wouldn't think commercials for erectile dysfunction cures would be appropriate during The Backyardigans, I don't think immature suggestions of giant phalluses are appropriate during the Super Bowl.

    Uh-huh. :rolleyes:
     
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    Agreed. People who complained that his show was offensive are IDIOTS!
     
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    Not that they ever asked us.. :rolleyes:
     
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    Prince's performance was amazing, best televised performance at a mainstream event I've seen in years.

    As for the above... well guitars pretty much always look like dicks a little bit. Maybe his symbol guitar looks a little more like one because the bottom curve can create the outline of testicles.

    But really, it's prince. He could be wearing a jogging suit, sitting on a chair strumming an acoustic guitar and you'd probably think of a penis. That's just the way he rolls.
     
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    People see the biggest dick in the world every time they watch The Apprentice.


    I don't see this as a big deal. I've seen worse poster ads.
     
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    prince is cool. compared to janet 'b00b' jackson.

    one thing is interesting. it is only the americans complaining about such stuff.

    but not complaining hard enough about the so-called war on terrorism in iRaq. (don't mean to be political. it is just the best example i can think of right now.)
     
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    Whats with the anti-American sentiment? Donald Trump is an amazing businessman, with every right to stick his face where he chooses, just like any other US citizen.
     
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    Are you sure you quoted the right person? I'd double-check....
     
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    Prince is Prince. An electric guitar has always been regarded as an extension and Prince well he is what he is. Anyone offended by this should really reconsider exposing themselves to any form of media because this was tame at best. Quit looking for a reason to be offended and enjoy the show!
     
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    That's odd, I thought Sir Paul gave one of the best shows ever, and I don't even consider myself a Beatles fan!
    Hmm, when I speak of the "Worst Halftime Show Ever", I explicily mention that it's the "Wardrobe Malfunction" show, minus the boob. Filled with lip-synching by performers who rarely (if ever) do it. I stopped paying attention not long after Janet came on stage.
    Sometimes I think Prince is actually a phallus, that can sing and play guitar really ****ing well.
    Uh, how does taking a crack at Trump make someone anti-American?
     
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    Because Donald Trump IS America. ;)
     
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    I'm an American and I think Donald Trump is a douche :D

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    Yea I am sick of him already. He is an egotistical idiot who uses every opportunity to put his face on my TV. **** and sit down "the donald".
     
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    I'm sick of his bad hair piece. The Donald is filthy rich, but for some reason he can't get a decent hair piece.
     
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