Skip to comments.Super Bowl Entertainment Showcases Degenerate State of American Culture
Posted on 02/08/2011 4:41:39 AM PST by scottfactor
I had not planned to write about the Super Bowl or its entertainment, but after seeing and hearing it, Im going to do it; so forgive me a small, but intermediate, critique of the lousy state of modern music and culture.
We were getting ready to go to our next-door neighbors house to watch the Super Bowl, and we had our radio tuned to the National Football League broadcast of the pre-game. So, here comes the National Anthem, sung by Christina Aguilera. First of all, I have long hated the trend of singers nowadays to do these wild vocal gymnastics that take the notes of a song up and down and all around. It makes me cringe and quickly switch the station. This singer is one who does the vocal gymnastics.
When we heard the anthem begin, we stopped where we were on our front porch, put our hand over our heart and faced the flag. Right off the bat, she starts in with the note-mangling, roller coaster vocalization, and I cant stand to hear the Star Spangled Banner sung in such an outrageous way. Why cant these kids nowadays sing a straight, respectful, traditional rendition of our National Anthem?
Then, it got worse. She mangled the lyric. My husband and I quickly glanced, wide-eyed at each other with a Did you hear that?! expression. Yes, we did hear that, and so did the rest of America.
The New York Daily News reported,
[Christina Aguilera], 30, who has sung the National Anthem at many previous sporting events, including Game 7 of last year's NBA finals, bungled the lyrics, causing confusion amongst the crowd and with viewers at home.
What so proudly we watched at the twilight's last reaming, she belted about one minute into the song, to the bewilderment of somber Super Bowl fans.
What should have come next: O'er the ramparts we watch'd, were so gallantly streaming.
Ms. Aguilera reportedly explained her lapse as, I lost my place. She was, after all, live in front of a giant stadium full of people, with millions more watching on television and listening on radio. Its understandable that you might be a bit nervous, but this was not some high school kid in his first public performance; this was a professional performer with years of public singing experience.
I dont know about you, but the Star Spangled Banner has been ingrained in my mind and heart from a very early age. I can sing it and not miss a word. Ms. Aguilera is only 30 years old. Could it be that schools are not teaching the kids the Star Spangled Banner like they used to? That songs lyic should be second-nature, and the song should be sung in a respectful manner, not with the wailing and contorting of the notes of the song. Its our National Anthem, after allnot some pop tarts record!
It got even worse at halftime. Ive heard of the Black Eyed Peas, but not having a televsion and not listening to the type of radio stations that might play their music, I was not familiar with their sound. If thats what passes for music nowadays, there is no more music. Thats what our kids are feeding on. It sounded like noises from hellI mean that literally! If the forces of hell were putting on a halftime show, theres the music.
I realize that every generation of Americans has bemoaned the music of the younger generation, and there is a reason for it. Its because our society devolves; it doesnt evolve. As we have moved through time, even though knowledge and technology have increased, there has been a steady process of degeneration in our culture and morality and the minds and hearts of the people.
Part of that is certainly the dumbed-down public school curriculum. Despite being given billions of dollars of taxpayer money year after year, the schools are no longer providing a quality education to students. Instead, the schools churn out kids who cant even write a legible paragraph and who do not know the correct history of our nation and world. Since God was removed from the public schools in the 1960s, the degeneration has been progressing more each year, and we are now left with the results of a watery education with no moral foundationa nation overrun with people who have never gained even the most basic knowledge of Gods truth and why it matters.
Its also true that music has devolved. What passes for music, as illustrated by the horrible halftime show, is nothing more than a barbaric beat with the harsh chanting of words that appeal to the basest instincts of those who fill their ears and hearts with that garbage. Hip hop or rap, or whatever you want to call it, is not music; its poison for the soul. And, its quite disturbing that so many young people are hooked on that poison.
Ive heard some of this noise in passing here and there, from cars whose owners cynically and rudely blast the evil racket, forcing all nearby to hear. While scanning the radio dial, Ive heard the foul and wicked lyrics, full of mindless sex and violence. Can anyone understand the influence and power of those sounds on the minds and hearts of our younger generations? Is anyone paying attention to the increasingly violent and horribly promiscuous behavior of kids nowadays? Is anyone associating the two?
Yes, people have always acted up, and done bad things, but it would only be an oblivious person who would not be able to see the steady degradation of the minds and morals of each new generation of Americans. This is by design. Not only is solid morality cast aside, but in its place is the fallacious mindset of relativism which says that the definition of right and wrong depends on each mans opinion and perception. This warped thinking is pounded home throughout the entertainment world, as well as the public school systems.
The influence of socialistic indoctrination in the public schools has also been molding people to be more amenable to looking to an all-powerful government for their sustenance. It is stripping away individual initiative and creativity and personal responsibility. In short, its creating a nation of dumb sheep. As Michael Savage might say, here is the world through a Super Bowl halftime show.
Ironically, as I cringed at the sound of the Black Eyed Peas, other critics complained that their performance was lackluster and boring! Its amazing that two people can look at the same object and see entirely different things.
Although I didnt catch the lines, the Black Eyed Peas apparently threw in some politics on one of their halftime pieces. As a columnist on the Orange County Registers website wrote,
Which brings me to the bit that political pundits with nothing better to discuss may natter on about come Monday morning: will.i.ams lyrical change-up for the first verse of Where Is the Love?: In America we need to get things straight / Obama, lets get these kids educated / Create jobs so the country stays stimulated.
Oh, the irony! The kids are educated exactly as planned. The fact that groups like the Black Eyed Peas achieve such huge success is a testament to the kind of public school education our kids are receiving, and its not good.
So, what good does all my lamenting do? Probably not much, but Im saying things that I am certain many people believe about our popular culture. Its rotten to the core. If we ever hope to change the rot, we have to first address it and acknowledge it. Define it, then defeat it. How? We have to offer something true and good in its place, and that is a mighty tall ordernot just offering a replacement for the moral rottenness in entertainment, but finding an audience to receive it. Not many people in our world have a taste for the truth. It comes down to changing the hearts of the people, and that is a difficult, if not impossible, thing to do at this point in our world where so many have firmly rejected the truth.
Until or if we figure out how to reclaim our culture, can we at least feature singers who will render our National Anthem in the classic and honorable styling, and return the talented marching bands to the field for halftime shows?
I had a house full of ten and eleven year old girls plus some teens.... they all said the half time performance was horrible. In fact, they listened for a few minutes and went into the kitchen to do other things. I think young and old thought the performance by the Black Eyed Peas was less than say... great. Just a thought.
Absolutely. I call it de-evolution. It's real. I would add that the behavior of the PLAYERS also illustrated this fact. They celebrate wildly after every little thing, in a way that would have been considered unsportsmanlike not too long ago.
I watched two football games this year and both games featured players getting penalties for unsportsmanlike celebration in the end zone. But it happens on almost every play.
Other people have written how watching national sports feeds the leftist media beast.
I think they are right.
I don’t know why, but I have a feeling you did plan or at least hope to have a reason, to write about the super bowl entertainment.
What we see and hear is part of the process of us being overrun by a kind of non-violent coup. My instincts have been telling me this since the late ‘90’s but then it was slowed by the Bush years and now it’s just making up for lost time.
absolutely. Where was Toby Keith? Lee Greenwood? Where was Up With People? There are pro America groups out there. Good luck getting the leftists in charge of these things to put them on the schedule.
hey Christina see if you can keep up:
Could it be that schools are not teaching the kids the Star Spangled Banner like they used to?
Surely you jest..
No Star Spangled Banner
No Pledge of Allegiance
Few if any American Flags except out front
Better not wear an American flag pin or an American flag patch anywhere.
The government schools are nightmares of socialist indocrination.
Or this one:
“Super Bowl Entertainment Showcases Degenerate State of American Culture”
America has been degenerate for decades and only getting worse. You can’t even watch sports events anymore because of the incessant commercials with nearly nude women and repeated alcohol advertisements.
BTW, in this one, you can hear the crowd sing along.
(same as posted before, but making it easy to watch)
Who sang along with THIS year’s “anthem”?
The “Cram it in the boot” ad was the most offensive among this years crop of the worst superbowl commercials.
can’t they just get someone wo can sing the anthem in the proper way not in a gospel way.
is it too frigging hard to do that for these muppets.?
Ghetto culture has been driving out good culture for longer than I’ve been alive. While there are exceptions, overall the influx of negro culture has been bad for our society in terms of dress, dancing, music, art, speech, humor, and manners.
Or this one...the only song that is in the Baseball Hall of Fame....sung by a man with a velvet tenor and a non-screamer.
Sure is a long way from Super Bowl IV in NOLA with Al Hirt, a New Orleans marching band, lots of jazz and lots of blues.
Black Eyed Peas and Dumbo...????..Dumbo just hummmm mmm mmm mmm
Most of them are Country Western groups and individual singers.
If you know of any Rock Groups(other than Gary Sinese's 'LT DAN's BAND'), please let me know.
I am out of the loop on modern music at 62+ years of age.
Wow! My sentiments, exactly.
I watched at my cigar club, which has a quite conservative membership. I was surprised that I heard no one express disgust for any of the "entertainment" and some guys actually seemed to enjoy at least parts of it.
I said nothing. I had never seen or heard any of these people or what they do before (except for Aguilera, I heard of her). My tastes run in a different direction, so I thought maybe I just didn't understand, but I sure was thinking "low class" for all of it.
People keep saying this, but it's just plain nonsense. For example, the transition from slavery to Jim Crowism to petty discrimination to near-equality is evolution, not "degeneration" (I presume that the author is not some kind of racist pin-head).
I almost never listen to the National Anthem before a sporting event because the singers butcher it so badly by "personalizing" it. It makes me grit my teeth so hard that I get a headache.
And if it were not for a segment on Glenn Beck's radio show, I could still claim such innocence. That Beck segment made me grateful that I missed the SB half time show...
Hey America,hitch up your pants and act like adults.Liberalism never sleeps and it has been gaining on us for years.Just look at the “cartoons” that are on the tube for our children to watch.Just trash.
You are right on the mark.They will call us rascist for it but I could give a shit what the American hating trash says.
Wha? The "gospel way"? That wasn't gospel, that was R & B, which is Soul Music minus the soul.
That is a very bold but true statement.
The race card is played out. I say what I think now.
Sad but way too true!
I think a randomly selected high school choir student would have done a better job, provided the school was from a flyover state and not an urban graft school district.
(BEP) sounded like noises from hell
This is an astute observation. On one end of the spectrun, Gregorian chant offers a glimpse of heaven; the other end a glimpse of hell.
So, you joined on 7 Feb 2011 to post that gem? I smell a troll.
It bugs me when people like this complain about the de-evolution of our culture but still actively participate in and finance it. If you really believe what you say turn off the TV, boycott sports and Hollyweird.
I wouldn’t mind end zone dances if the players all hooked arms and did a few chorus line kicks, perfectly synchronized. Now that would be just lovely. ;^)
Even to this day, that sort of thing would be trouble in baseball, and it would be self-policed by the players. The taunting and showing up of the other team would not be tolerated.
I'm a baseball fan. If my home team behaved the way football players behave, I'd be ashamed of them.
Exactly. I frequently argue with someone from my office that is a hard core liberal. He said Republicans are racist. I replied that with the election of the first black president that his argument no longer held any water and to find something new to complain about.
I have heard recordings on YOUTUBE of her at hockey games and it seems to me that she doesn't. She looks like she is about to experience an orgasm rather than an affirmation.
It is an uplifting song but it is about a terrible time in American history when our country was attacked and the future outcome lay in the balance.
I just miss Robert Merrill!!!
That is why I found a recording of his on YOUTUBE before posting this. GOD BLESS.
Roy Masters - Marxian Opiates Redefined
Marx - the icon of choice when deceiving people into abandoning true freedom for addictive slavery.
Socialism, whether you call it communism, liberalism or whatever, is the opiate dependent ideology.
Alcoholism was a major health and social problem in the Soviet Union and remains a problem in the Russian Federation. Efforts by the communist government to combat alcoholism were largely unsuccessful. Alcoholism had a serious impact on the Soviet economy that could not be overlooked. But communism had a serious impact on the human spirit, and that was deliberately overlooked.
While socialist countries recognize the damaging effects of alcoholism, they do much to suppress its use and nothing to address the cause. Hereditary factors influencing alcohol abuse are insufficient to explain the widespread abuse, and when alcohol becomes difficult to obtain because of state regulations, other escapist drugs take its place. Socialists simply refuse to accept that the societies they have created drive people to flight, even if by drug induced fantasy.
Im not suggesting capitalist societies are free of drug abuse. Escaping the realities of life by artificial means will always have a public following. There is however a stark difference between capitalist and socialist reality and what the individual can do to change that reality or choose to escape. Despite the hallucinatory ranting of liberals about the evils of capitalism and oppression, we have considerably more choices than those living in the truly oppressed socialist paradises of Cuba, China, Zimbabwe or Vietnam. Escapism remains a choice under capitalism, but one less likely to be exercised where liberty and morality reside.
My capitalist masters are not dictating where I work, where I live, what school I attend, what I eat, what healthcare I obtain, what news programs I watch or what beliefs I hold. In every case, I am the deciding and limiting factor. Socialist masters would make all those choices for me. Instead of choosing what I think is best for me I would be expected to accept their decisions because they allegedly know what is best for society. It is slavery and cannot overwhelm the human desire for liberty, hence escape by whatever means possible becomes the alternative liberty.
American liberals havent quite convinced the American public to abandon the capitalist system for rule by an oligarchy of socialist elites. To advance their cause, liberals employ opiates. The attack on capitalism using opiates to diminish free will and abandon moral responsibility.
Capitalism without morality is no better than socialism. Liberal attacks on religion serve two purposes. The first is to bring about amoral capitalism that will be rejected and self-destruct, as it should. The second purpose is to remove any obstacle to the absolutist rule of the socialist elite by eliminating the idea that a higher moral authority might exist. The elite will determine what is right or wrong, good or bad and we will obediently follow since there is no higher moral authority.
The welfare state is an opiate. The recipients receive their fixes in exchange for political support. It may not be paradise, but it sure beats working, saving and having to struggle for a living, at least for those whose greatest aspiration is to not miss their favorite television talk-show host or win the lottery.
The most powerful opiate on the liberal menu is sex. It is highly addictive and produces exactly the stupor needed to sedate the public. It costs nothing, is readily available, and to a large extent can be made consequent free. Sex sells and that message has never been lost on liberal politicians. Under the guise of sexual freedom, reproductive rights and the right to privacy, the gullible are buying it wholesale.
The destruction of the family is of little concern to socialists. The states opportunity to shape young minds is enhanced by dysfunctional families. The socialist elite are addicted to control and families are just a nuisance competing for obedience. Loyalty to the socialist state must be paramount and not impeded by a misguided sense of family.
Drugs, sex, a welfare check and other government gifts are a means to an end. Why bow to a God that would deprive you of these carnal pleasures and a life of ease when you can elect a politician that guarantees them? Why struggle with concepts of right and wrong when the government can do that for you? Why burden yourself with responsibilities the government will gladly assume? Why not just swallow the liberal opiates and accept life in a stupor?
No, the whole pop and r&b culture uses “autotune” since they can’t sing. Now they have enhanced it to sound “cool”. That’s the weird bending, robotic effect you hear.
Communists have been using Negro culture as a weapon against us going back to the Scottsboro boys.
They should have had T-Pain do an auto-tune anthem. That would have been interesting.
Thanks for that.
Here’s a few more. Not all the Anthem.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ETrr-XHBjE <— includes flyover
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tvpxVE_kQXg <— during Gulf War 1 (1991 - great visuals)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q65KZIqay4E <- Lee Greenwood
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MwL_9Z3jSmk <— this one still hurts
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DWrMeBR8W-c <— a PERSONAL favorite
I don't even argue with fools about Sports anymore. Why bother with politics.
I saw one player get penalized in the end zone for unsportsmanlike conduct when he got on his knees and held both arms up to God.
Wow, somehow that's on a par with a late hit on a quarterback!
I can't understand why football players don't get kicked in the face for their antics. Maybe all that padding protects them from harm. I also think the fact that players only play one side of the ball makes a difference too. Anyway, NFL football, generally speaking, is a bad influence on culture, imo, or at least a reflection of a sick, ignoble culture.
I never understood that. Celebrating after scoring an actual touchdown, especially one that causes a lead change, is one thing, but after routine plays like this? Lame.
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