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Mon Feb 4, 2013, 07:15 PM

Beyoncé’s Super Bowl Performance Inspires Conservative Freakout

Beyoncé Knowles rocked the Super Bowl halftime show last night, and, pearls clenched firmly in fist, Kathryn Jean Lopez is on it, and the national cultural decline Ms. Knowles apparently represents:

I don’t want to linger on this, but last night’s Super Bowl half-time show was ridiculous — and gratuitously so. Watching Twitter, it was really no surprise that men made comments about stripper poles and putting dollar bills through their TV sets, was it? Why can’t we have a national entertainment moment that does not include a mother gyrating in a black teddy? The priceless moment was Destiny’s Child reuniting to ask that someone “put a ring on it.” As I mentioned on Twitter last night, perhaps that case might be best made in another outfit, perhaps without the crotch grabbing. It seems quite disappointing that Michelle Obama would feel the need to tweet about how “proud” she is of Beyoncé. The woman is talented, has a beautiful voice, and could be a role model. And she is on some levels — on others she is an example of cultural surrender, rather than leadership.


I’d venture that there’s more dignity in Beyoncé’s marvelously controlled, rigorously choreographed performance than in Bruce Springsteen’s sloppy slide and camera crotch-bump of a few years back. And as much as her very much post-baby body was on display, Beyoncé’s performance was less allusively sexual than Prince’s silhouetted guitar. In fact, almost everything about Beyoncé’s off-stage life pretty much seems to meet Lopez’s criteria, from her long courtship with Jay-Z, to the child the two of them had once they were firmly ensconced in wedlock. If I were Lopez, I might actually think about striking the Knowles-Carters a medal for defying the Hollywood trend of shotgun or infinitely-delayed post-baby weddings.

http://thinkprogress.org/alyssa/2013/02/04/1537431/beyonces-super-bowl-performance-inspires-conservative-freakout/

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Reply Beyoncé’s Super Bowl Performance Inspires Conservative Freakout (Original post)
MrScorpio Feb 2013 OP
bluestateguy Feb 2013 #1
bigwillq Feb 2013 #2
independentpiney Feb 2013 #4
zappaman Feb 2013 #3
tosh Feb 2013 #5
Kalidurga Feb 2013 #6
Blue_Tires Feb 2013 #14
HockeyMom Feb 2013 #7
RebelOne Feb 2013 #11
leftstreet Feb 2013 #13
HockeyMom Feb 2013 #15
ProSense Feb 2013 #8
leftstreet Feb 2013 #9
LeftInTX Feb 2013 #10
Still Sensible Feb 2013 #12
independentpiney Feb 2013 #16
OKNancy Feb 2013 #17
whistler162 Feb 2013 #18

Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 07:16 PM

1. And some lefty puritans on DU too

Yup.

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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 07:19 PM

2. ....On DU!



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Response to bigwillq (Reply #2)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 07:23 PM

4. yeppers



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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 07:21 PM

3. It certainly inspired a freakout here!

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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 07:25 PM

5. To replies 1 thru 4 of this thread,


Yup!

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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 07:29 PM

6. I don't get the freak out on either side.

If you don't like the half time show don't freakin watch it. Problem solved without nary a wardrobe malfunction. I.E you don't need to get your panties in a twist over it.

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Response to Kalidurga (Reply #6)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 07:51 PM

14. +1

and I've maybe watched two SB halftimes since childhood...

I've never cared; and I always skip it....

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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 07:29 PM

7. 64 year old woman

I am not shocked, or see anthing wrong, with Beyonce's dress or performance.

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Response to HockeyMom (Reply #7)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 07:46 PM

11. 74-year-old woman here.

And I was not shocked. I thought Bryonce's performance was outstanding.

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Response to RebelOne (Reply #11)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 07:51 PM

13. Would you have been shocked if men had been dancing?

I mean men in sexually suggestive clothing with sexually suggestive movements?

I'm honestly just curious because I don't get all the brouhaha over this. Her performance was actually pretty mainstream in terms of women and sexuality in the media.

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Response to leftstreet (Reply #13)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 08:04 PM

15. Not at all

In my younger days I went to Chippendale's, as a married woman too. It was a lot of fun. Girls night out. lol

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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 07:30 PM

8. Freak them out some more. Refer to her

as African American superstar Beyonce Knowles. That should put them on edge.




Knowles' music is generally contemporary R&B, but she also incorporates pop, electropop, funk, hip hop, and soul into her songs. While she almost exclusively releases English songs, Knowles recorded several Spanish songs for Irreemplazable and the re-release of B'Day. Prior to recording these, Knowles was coached phonetically by American record producer Rudy Perez. Since Destiny's Child, Knowles has artistically been involved in her career. She received co-writing credits for most of the songs recorded by the group, as well as her solo efforts. Known for writing personally driven and female-empowerment themed compositions, Knowles has stated that having Jay-Z in her life has changed a few of her thoughts about how men and women relate to one another, which helped her transition from writing songs such as "Independent Women" and "Survivor" to man-tending anthems such as "Cater 2 U", in which she sings about bringing him slippers and drawing his bath. Some of her songs are autobiographical, which she has admitted are taken from personal experiences, as well as her friends'. Knowles has also received co-producing credits for most of the records in which she has been involved, especially during her solo efforts. However, she does not formulate beats herself, but typically comes up with melodies and ideas during production, sharing them with producers. Knowles was recognized as a songwriter during the run of Destiny's Child in the 1990s and early to mid-2000s. She won the Pop Songwriter of the Year award at the 2001 American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers Pop Music Awards, becoming the first African-American female and second female songwriter of all time to accomplish the feat. Knowles received songwriting credits in a single year for co-writing "Irreplaceable", "Grillz" and "Check on It", all of which reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100, the only woman to have written three songs which went to number-one in the same year since Carole King did it in 1971 and Mariah Carey in 1991. In terms of credits, she is tied with Diane Warren at third with nine number-one singles. In May 2011, Keith Caulfield and Gary Trust of Billboard magazine listed Knowles at number 17 on their list of the "Top 20 Hot 100 Songwriters", for having co-written eight singles that hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. She was one of only three women on that list.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beyonc%C3%A9_Knowles#Artistry

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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 07:31 PM

9. It sounds like her performance was actually conservative

I didn't see it, but...

A bunch of women bouncing around half-dressed trying to be overtly sexual is just so last century. It's like 80s-90s action-adventure films always have the 'bad guys' meet up at strip clubs. It's just so dated

Something more cutting edge and modern would have at least included half-dressed sexual men in the routine

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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 07:33 PM

10. If that had been Carry Underwood in the same outfit

they would have thought they died and gone to heaven.

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Response to LeftInTX (Reply #10)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 07:48 PM

12. True dat n/t

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Response to LeftInTX (Reply #10)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 08:09 PM

16. a big unspoken part of it I think

for some people "urban" music needs to be 30 + years old before it's safe.

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Response to LeftInTX (Reply #10)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 08:18 PM

17. they don't like her either. She is a Democrat, a vegan and married to a Canadian! lol n/t

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Response to LeftInTX (Reply #10)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 08:35 PM

18. Anne Coulter or Rudy Giuliani maybe

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