Madonna at Super Bowl Proves NFL Is Still Playing It Safe

madonnaFootball season has barely begun, but that hasn't stopped people from speculating who will be providing the entertainment at the biggest halftime show of the year come this winter's Super Bowl XLVI at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on February 5, 2012. Seems like it's going to be the Material Girl herself ... Madonna! Wow, cool!

Ever since Justin Timberlake accidentally exposed a quick peek at Janet Jackson's nipple in 2004, whoever calls the shots on artists for halftime has been SUPER uptight. For instance, ever since "Nipplegate," we've gotten shows from the likes of Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, Prince, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, the ever-popular Bruce Springsteen, The Who, and last year, it was as though they were putting one toe back into the the 21st century by hiring The Black Eyed Peas.


Allow me to clarify -- I absolutely LOVE these artists, but it's not news that they're all Baby Boomers, aka their "sexy" rock 'n' roll stunts would be considered maaaaybe PG-rated at this point in their careers. But Madonna, on the other hand, became famous in large part due to her overtly sexual antics ... and has tried to keep them up over the years (see: '08's Hard Candy and her 2010 Sticky & Sweet tour).

But I actually don't think choosing her for this show is a sign that the NFL has changed their tune. I'm positive they still want a performer who is "family-friendly" for the hugely anticipated, widely watched game. What it means is that lately, Madonna's gone from Erotica to "eh ..." Listen, I'm a lifelong fan, and I think she's a legend, but I feel like she's finally reached a point where she's not going to walk around with whips and chains in a latex jumpsuit crooning about S&M and "human nature," you know? She's in her 50s, mom to a teenager, and writes children's books, so I wouldn't be surprised if the Super Bowl folks are 99 percent sure her show line-up will be sans "Like a Virgin" and filled with more tame hits like "Lucky Star," "Holiday," and of course, there's always the marching band-ready "4 Minutes" (but they'll probably think twice about letting JT do his part).

In other words, don't think for a moment that the Super Bowl is suddenly going to be okay with sexifying the halftime show once again. Madonna performing the halftime show simply means she isn't the risque showstopper she once was.

What do you think about Madonna as the halftime act? Will you watch?


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