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Mon Feb 4, 2013, 07:59 AM

What you "young turds" are missing about halftime show [View all]

Sure, some people were not happy with the outfits. Some said they didn't like Beyonce's music. For our differences in taste, we've been pilloried on DU, with lots of jokes about The Andrew Sisters and Lawrence Welk.

My problem with show was, well, the show. The young turds keep saying what a great singer/performer Beyonce is. But I saw 20-30 other women on that stage dancing the exact same steps as Beyonce, against a million-dollar backdrop of lighting, video displays and pyrotechnics. Beyonce wasn't even singing (or lip syncing) for much of the time, she was just shaking her half-naked body while stuff blew up, and lights flashed in a display which probably sent a few epileptics into shock.

The point is, in this era of manufactured boy bands and Disney Channel dolls, the young turds seem to not realize what it means to be a "band" or even a singer. What was amazing (and sickening, if you really think about the expense of this brief extravaganza in a stadium full of people who paid $3,400 to watch a game, but complain about a tiny tax increase), was just the spectacle. Dozens of pretty women dancing about on an electrified video game set, and people are saying "she's an awesome singer!"

Meh. I've seen a hundred strippers do the same moves. Beyonce didn't write the music, didn't build the stage, didn't fire off the rockets, hell, she can't even play an instrument. She was a prop in someone else's stage show.

BTW, I'm an "old turd" who prefers college radio, alt rock (whatever that is) and most anything played by actual musicians. I just can't stand packaged sugar pops. That's just the way my taste runs.

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