I don't quite understand all this furor over Janet Jackson and the Super Bowl halftime show. Ok, yes, I see that this is an excellent opportunity for the Republican morality police to get bent out of shape and score some points with their core constituency. This incident shouldn't be a surprise to anyone, however. In hindsight, I tend to think of the whole thing as inevitable.
Janet Jackson has been selling herself as a sexual being for years now. Any picture I have seen of her in the last five to ten years has pretty much screamed "Hi, I'm Janet Jackson and these are my breasts." Gone are the days when we ever see her covered up. That Herb Ritts video that introduced Janet to the world in a cut off tank top ended any pretense of hiding her body; Janet has been Janet-the-oh-so-sexual-being for some time now. Her media personna oozes so much sexuality that at least one woman I've met over the years expressed the sentiment that while she wasn't really bi-curious, she would sleep with Janet Jackson in a heartbeat.
Given the fact that Janet has been providing her breasts with so many social introductions over the years, is it so surprising that she would use the Super Bowl halftime show as a debutante ball? I think not.
I do not fault Ms. Jackson for her sexuality, as some would. I only fault her and many of her contemporaries (male and female) for playing the "sex card" too coarsely and too often. Music is as much about seduction as consumation, and my opinion is that the balance between the two these days is more than a little lopsided.
No, I think that the Janet's mistake in regard to the Super Bowl halftime show was a lapse in professional judgement. She should be enough of an entertainer by now to tailor her act to her audience. Some things are appropriate for risque, adult cabaret and some are appropriate for a family audience. She obviously let her "I am Janet-the-sexual-being hear me roar" vibe cloud her judgement and forget that the Super Bowl halftime show is not one of her videos and very definitely involves a family audience.
Oh well, I hope she learns from the experience. And covers up once in a while. Goodness knows she's got a great body, but, some stylish couture to cover it properly can be just as flattering as letting everyone see everything.
on 2004-02-13 at 1:15 p.m.
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