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Old 9th February 2007, 19:01   #1
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Wardrobe Malfunction 2007: controversy over Prince silhouette

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Controversy raised over Prince performance

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."

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 sniggering 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 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 renown 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 Fighter's "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."

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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Yet Another WTF moment of 2007. Damn, 2007 is on a rolling start of stupidity.
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Old 9th February 2007, 19:32   #2
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The human race just keeps showing the other species of life that they aren't as far ahead of them as they think.

IT'S A GUITAR!
It would have been more disgusting had he been a trombone player.
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Old 9th February 2007, 20:46   #3
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Phallic instruments? Unheard of. I suppose the same kind of person who thinks it's a representation of a penis is the same person that watches a marching band play and gets a hard-on.
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I think this kind of crap is just put out to try to milk the whole 'celebrity thing'. I missed the superbowl show and thank god. I don't need to see Prince at all, let along wonder if he was phallic with something.

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Old 10th February 2007, 10:55   #5
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...who would even write a news report about this?!

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Old 10th February 2007, 11:26   #6
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THIS JUST IN
IT'S FUCKING PRINCE

Prince doing something risqué at a performance? NOT FUCKING NEW, NOT FUCKING NEWS.

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THIS JUST IN
IT'S FUCKING PRINCE

Prince doing something risqué at a performance? NOT FUCKING NEW, NOT FUCKING NEWS.
It wasn't even risque. IT was just a tarp in the air displaying a silhouette of him playing a Guitar.
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Old 10th February 2007, 20:13   #8
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It was just a guitar. And yes, it was fucking Prince which should make it all a moot point. But anyone with a lick of sense in their head knows what the shadow was meant to represent and that shows that the people putting together the Super Bowl performances haven't learned a fucking thing about respect. The year after Janet's boobie came out they brought in Paul McCartney who put one one of the classiest SB performances I've ever seen. Nothing even close to risque and all class. Now they have to start pushing the envelope again bit by bit until it's all rap and pop stars trying to fuck themselves on live TV.

Personally I think it's a complete joke to freak out over this but I think most people still know what was intended with that segment and are thinking: Didn't they learn their fucking lesson the last time?? Just play the music and quit with the damn theatrics already.

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Old 10th February 2007, 20:16   #9
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He did good by All Along The Watchtower
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Old 10th February 2007, 22:07   #10
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All lute-like instruments are phallic.


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Old 12th February 2007, 02:11   #11
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I dunno about Janet Jackson. I thought Bon Jovi dancing around grabbing his crotch was more offensive.

Prince?. You gotta be really reaching to have a problem with that.

Paul McCartney?. I hear that enough in elevators.

I will say the superbowl ads this year were completely unsexy.
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Old 12th February 2007, 02:23   #12
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I will say the superbowl ads this year were completely unsexy.


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Old 12th February 2007, 02:33   #13
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I miss the cheerleaders. Before the feminists got the NFL to chop the TV coverage (1970s) of the cheerleaders down to 10 seconds at a time, you got to watch some pretty girls dance.
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Old 12th February 2007, 02:36   #14
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I guess we all see what we want to see.
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Old 12th February 2007, 02:44   #15
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Unsexy? Have you not seen the Snickers commercial?
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Old 12th February 2007, 03:26   #16
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It got pulled for "mocking" gays
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A superbowl commercial made fun of something? *shock* Unheard of!

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