Madonna ‘Malfunction’: Middle-Finger-Gate & Mistake-Mania by Elizabeth Searle
Why would any star want to tackle the Super Bowl gig? Ever since Janet Jackson made ‘wardrobe malfunction’ a household word, the media and eager Tweets all over the world watch the halftime show poised to pounce on the slightest mistake or mis-step.
This year, a single middle finger upstaged Madonna’s tour de force Vogue-ing. The 53 year old diva gamely donned cheerleader gear and turned a perfect ‘assisted cartwheel’ for an audience of over 110 million– but the media deemed two moments of the elaborate halftime show worth mention:
**Singer MIA giving the world the finger
**Madonna herself making a slight and quickly recovered mis-step in her six inch thigh high boots.
I loved the boots; I hate the media’s ever-growing obsession with ’embarrassments.’ Every time I check my email, Comcast news regales me with unwanted video links to the latest ’embarrassing moment’– not all featuring jaded celebrities. Jilted brides, overweight restaurant eaters, bewildered pets; all are deemed worthy of worldwide embarrassment on the Web.
Recently, and most unforgivably, the ’embarrassing moment’ of the Comcast news-cycle featured an earnest crewcut teenage boy in a Spelling Bee who apparently had mis-spoke in some way i couldn’t stand to watch.
Enough, already. We all stumble now and then. While Madonna can handle the flack (vanishing in an expensive cloud of smoke on her golden-paycheck parachute) ordinary citizens unluckily caught on camera don’t have that luxury. I for one am sick of having their ’embarrassments’ broadcast on my personal computer screen. Is there a Spam Filter for ‘Embarrassing Moments’? WDYT?
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