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Janet Let the Dogs Out
Original ^ | Feb. 4, 2004 | IronJack

Posted on 02/04/2004 4:53:18 PM PST by IronJack

So one of Janet Jackson’s puppies slipped the leash during Sunday night’s big Super Bowl halftime show. Offensive? Sure. Tacky? Of course. But there’s nothing surprising about any of that. Tacky, tawdry, crassly sexual - those are modern-day show biz’s trademarks. Complaining about a loose booby during a hip-hop pop-slop halftime show is like complaining that the floor at the car wash is wet. MTV-style “music” is nothing but soft-core porn these days. Why would the Super Bowl be any different?

And spare me the anguish expressed on behalf of “the children.” First of all, it’s not children making a big deal out of this. They probably didn’t even notice. I don’t think there’s much reason to “protect” anyone from Janet Jackson’s chubbly. Children can see that much flesh in an advertisement for Tomb Raider. Cosmopolitan has more cleavage displayed on its cover. Any child going through a grocery store line has probably seen more skin than a Beverly Hills plastic surgeon.

They see it every day in electronic games, music videos, magazine advertisements, and the hallways at school. Half-naked pre-teens are the status quo these days, now that Madonna and Britney Spears are tonsil wrestling on live TV and Bono is cussin’ like a drongo in a Belfast bar. If that’s okay, how is Janet’s mad flash wrong?

If networks are willing to air this crotch-grinding pole-dance 364 days out of the year, it can’t be any more appalling just because it’s done during a football game. Hell, the cheerleaders were probably scribbling notes so they could incorporate some of the moves into their sideline routines. Sex certainly isn’t anything new during football games. Cheerleaders don’t wear those short skirts to keep their buns warm.

It’s always amazing to me that it’s amazing to Americans when they’re confronted with the evidence of the nation’s debauchery, as if they had just discovered that [gasp!] pop culture is a degraded wasteland of superficiality, cheap eroticism, and gutter morals! Do tell! You mean Britney Spears isn’t a virgin, she just plays one on TV?? You can’t just wake up one morning and discover morality.

If you’re going to protect children from Janet Jackson’s boob-boo, why aren’t you equally concerned about protecting them from P Diddy? Or Snoop Doggy Dogg? Or Tupac Shakur’s ghost? Smut doesn’t just drop trou on stage at the Super Bowl. It permeates modern society from infancy onward. It’s “art” when Karen Finley strips naked and writhes around on stage. The Vagina Monologues are “art.” “Piss Christ” is “art.” Why should Janet Jackson’s strip show be any less “art” just because it’s not funded by the NEA?

Maybe I’m just a prude but I see it every day, so seeing one more example of it doesn’t upset me much. From the time they were pubescent, the Jacksons have risen to fame on androgynous sexuality. Not the cooing, seductive sensuality of thinly clad models selling Chevies, but the overt, wanna-hump coarseness of a half-drunk waterfront hooker. This is just the latest page in a family scrapbook of marketable sleaze.

Should you be upset? Sure! But if you’re going to get mad, get mad over the right things. Get mad about the strip shows on VH1 airing nonstop daily. Get mad about filth expounded by loudmouth punks like Eminem and Ludicris. Get mad about cuddlesluts like Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera, sirens of nubile sexuality who exude pheromones so thick they’d fog your glasses.

Get mad that your culture is being hijacked by pimps like Jack Valenti and Rob Reiner. Get mad that rudeness and coarseness are the hallmark’s of today’s social intercourse, and that the wrong word in a ticket line can get you shot. Get mad that Howard Stern isn’t even shocking anymore, and that we’re already looking for new lows to plumb. There are architects of this decline, people who have actively labored for decades to decompose the bonds of decency.

Get mad at them.

It didn’t happen overnight. It’s been a steady rot, like a leak in the attic, slowly eating out the substance of our national conscience until we’re so inured to depravity that Sunday’s raunchy choreography would seem like a good idea to the same entertainment megalith that used to keep Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore in separate beds.

From the gutter humor of Lenny Bruce to the drug-addled stage shows of Jim Morrison, the cheap scat laughs of Eddie Murphy and Chris Rock, from Springfield to South Park, from sea to shining sea, the nation has been awash in cultural sewage for half a century. Our idiom has decayed from the flowing rhetoric of Emerson to the broken-glass vocal abrasions of Godsmack. Vulgarity is the order of the day, whether conversing in a restaurant or closing a sales deal. Bodily functions that used to be of interest only to proctologists are now the stuff of standup routines. And I’m supposed to get the vapors over this???

Frankly, I find it hard to be offended by the sight of one booger in a bathtub full of snot.

The grossest offense is that the media elitists who concoct such rubbish thought so little of me as to think this chintzy, flashpot-spangled grind would entertain me. It might have if I’d been marooned on Gilligan’s Island for half a century, or if I was a member of the rubber sheet crowd. But I haven’t been, and I’m not. Nor, I suspect, were any of the millions of viewers who retched at the site of boy bimbo Justin Timberlake and a fading giggle mistress copulating vertically in between ads for car insurance. This was as catastrophic a misread of viewer demographics as “The Reagans,” just one more example of CBS’s inability to keep its dogs at heel.

Whether they knew Janet was going to expose herself or not, CBS’s people definitely knew the halftime pageant had the flavor of a Bourbon Street strip joint minus the cigar smoke. Yet nobody said a word, and had Ms. Jackson’s headlight not flashed, it’s not likely anyone would have. CBS would have just taken it for granted. And started planning for next year’s Super Bowl, which will feature Madonna and Cher Jello wrestling in a firepit of half-naked Nubian dwarves.


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: janetjackson; nipplegate
CBS. MTV. NFL.

RIP.

1 posted on 02/04/2004 4:53:22 PM PST by IronJack
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To: IronJack
Long live the NFL!
2 posted on 02/04/2004 4:59:38 PM PST by Razwan
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To: IronJack
I think we should all sue for sexual harassment.
3 posted on 02/04/2004 5:03:20 PM PST by farmfriend ( Isaiah 55:10,11)
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To: IronJack
"...Madonna and Cher Jello wrestling in a fire pit of half naked Nubian dwarves.."

No way!!

Are tickets on sale yet!!!!!
4 posted on 02/04/2004 5:04:24 PM PST by cavtrooper21 (Coffee, the elixir of life..or something resembling life.)
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To: IronJack
You know,.... it wasnt even a nice breast. Why bother?
5 posted on 02/04/2004 5:04:30 PM PST by Pukin Dog (Sans Reproache)
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To: IronJack
Let the Dogs Out....

W O O F !
6 posted on 02/04/2004 5:08:23 PM PST by traumer (Even paranoids have enemies)
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To: farmfriend
I think we should all sue for sexual harassment.

Agreed...and mental anguish. Just thinking about piercing myself like that gives me the shudders....eeewww.

7 posted on 02/04/2004 5:09:24 PM PST by Samwise (There are other forces at work in this world, Frodo, besides the will of evil.)
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To: IronJack
All I needed to hear was who was going to be in the halftime show for me to tune the whole freaking SuperBowl out. The whole thing has turned into a virtual freak show.

I pretty much gave up on the NFL years ago anyway after I got hooked on Rugby. No overpaid whiners playing that sport, that is for sure.

Go Brumbies !!!!
8 posted on 02/04/2004 5:11:03 PM PST by Peace will be here soon (The NFL is full of boobs and boytoys. Now Rugby, that is a real mans sport !!!)
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To: IronJack
Great rant! I love it.

bump
9 posted on 02/04/2004 5:11:52 PM PST by Ronin (When the fox gnaws -- Smile!!!)
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To: IronJack
First of all, it’s not children making a big deal out of this. They probably didn’t even notice.

And therein lies the tragedy. Vulgarity is so pervasive they don't notice.

10 posted on 02/04/2004 5:12:58 PM PST by Lizavetta (Savage is right - extreme liberalism is a mental disorder.)
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To: Lizavetta
And therein lies the tragedy.

For more reasons than one ...

11 posted on 02/04/2004 5:15:13 PM PST by IronJack
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To: cavtrooper21
I think its time to pull in the filth of the pop culture. In no small way this has undermined the society. The demons can be listed:
1. Drugs. Coke is fun, Everyones doing it--get high.
2. Sex. Just do it--we have more sex but less fun.
3. Rock and Roll. The music says it all--it is the new bible of the angry generation.
Lastly Victimology is to blame. Everyones a victom of something and we all what a hand out from the "Evil" corporations. And who pays? We all do as lawyers get filty rich. The feel good generation will soon learn that sometimes when it feels good its really bad for you.
9-11 should have been a wake up call for us. Its going to take more than a lot of flags to save this culture.
12 posted on 02/04/2004 5:15:37 PM PST by Hollywoodghost (Let he who would be free strike the first blow)
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To: Samwise
Just thinking about piercing myself like that gives me the shudders.

Piercing? It wasn't pierced.

13 posted on 02/04/2004 5:16:17 PM PST by farmfriend ( Isaiah 55:10,11)
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To: Samwise; All
Pictures of both Janet (close up) and the streaker can be found here.
14 posted on 02/04/2004 5:19:27 PM PST by farmfriend ( Isaiah 55:10,11)
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To: farmfriend
Janet Jackson's a deputy sheriff?
15 posted on 02/04/2004 5:23:00 PM PST by N. Theknow (John Kerry is nothing more than Ted Kennedy without a dead girl in the car.)
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To: N. Theknow
Janet Jackson's a deputy sheriff?

Huh? That site is for a local radio show. Scroll down some.

16 posted on 02/04/2004 5:25:50 PM PST by farmfriend ( Isaiah 55:10,11)
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To: farmfriend
Oh, but it was. Find a close-up (drudhe has one), and you'll find that the star was held on by a barbell.
17 posted on 02/04/2004 5:26:54 PM PST by The Coopster
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To: IronJack
I don't approve of the decadence that's been occurring, and I don't approve of a boob like Janet(s). I reserve my right to be angry.
18 posted on 02/04/2004 5:27:42 PM PST by Lijahsbubbe (The brighter you are, the more you have to learn)
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To: farmfriend
Either it was pierced or she was wearing a fake. That jewelry garment has a pin which goes through the nipple.
19 posted on 02/04/2004 5:29:13 PM PST by lainie
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To: Hollywoodghost
Sorry... I forgot to plant the SARCASM banner.

I tuned out the half time show when I heard who was "performing"..
I figured there wasn't anything worth watching.
I was right.
20 posted on 02/04/2004 5:29:51 PM PST by cavtrooper21 (Coffee, the elixir of life..or something resembling life.)
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To: farmfriend
Huh? That site is for a local radio show. Scroll down some.

I did scroll down. I am referring to that thing on her chest that makes her look like she should be working for Marshall Dillon.

21 posted on 02/04/2004 5:30:24 PM PST by N. Theknow (John Kerry is nothing more than Ted Kennedy without a dead girl in the car.)
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To: IronJack
Here's the difference: if you go to MTV, VH1, Playboy, or an internet porn site, you know what you're going to see. But this is a show purported to be clean and wholesome, and parents encourage their children to watch.

Nudity at the bank, at church, on Sesame Street, on the Superbowl, and in the State of the Union speech is criminal.
22 posted on 02/04/2004 5:31:21 PM PST by gitmo (Who is John Galt?)
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To: The Coopster; lainie
I have re-looked at the picture I have and I believe you are correct. I missed it the first time. My apologies.
23 posted on 02/04/2004 5:32:46 PM PST by farmfriend ( Isaiah 55:10,11)
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To: farmfriend
Piercing? It wasn't pierced.

Yes it was. See post 14 by farmfriend. There are also articles where Janet stated she has piercing parties to show off their "art"-work. She also has piercings in other places, including some below the waistline (we don't want to see those!).

24 posted on 02/04/2004 5:33:28 PM PST by roadcat
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To: farmfriend
No need to apologize. In fact, I should probably apologize to you for making you look again.......
25 posted on 02/04/2004 5:34:09 PM PST by The Coopster
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To: farmfriend
Looks like one of those tops for breast feeding, you know just whip it out.
26 posted on 02/04/2004 5:34:21 PM PST by mel
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To: roadcat
See post 14 by farmfriend.

Telling me to look at my own post. That is rich. As you will see in a later post, I admit that I missed the pierced part the first time around.

27 posted on 02/04/2004 5:38:00 PM PST by farmfriend ( Isaiah 55:10,11)
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To: gitmo
But this is a show purported to be clean and wholesome,

I'm not sure I'd agree with that ...

But in any case, there are a thousand other venues purported to be wholesome entertainment that are nothing more than fiber-optic peep shows. This is just one more ...

28 posted on 02/04/2004 5:38:27 PM PST by IronJack
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To: farmfriend
Ya know what the shame of all of this is? And don't get me wrong, I'm as big a fan of Janet's boobs as the next guy but that had to be one of the greatest Super Bowl games in history and it's hardly even a blip anymore.

It really is a shame :(
29 posted on 02/04/2004 5:40:48 PM PST by Hand em their arse
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To: IronJack
IronJack, your ability to hit the nail dead on the head continues to astound me. Here.......let me go back and find my favorite line......

"The grossest offense is that the media elitists who concoct such rubbish thought so little of me as to think this chintzy, flashpot-spangled grind would entertain me."

Thank you.

30 posted on 02/04/2004 5:40:51 PM PST by freedox
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To: freedox
Hey, free. I trust you weren't any more "entertained" by that spectacle than I was.
31 posted on 02/04/2004 5:42:01 PM PST by IronJack
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To: Hand em their arse
I did enjoy the game. I was glued to it and that is the first time in a few years. Usually I watch for the commercials.
32 posted on 02/04/2004 5:42:16 PM PST by farmfriend ( Isaiah 55:10,11)
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To: farmfriend
Yeah, I'm with ya! The kids with the soap in their mouths nearly had me pee in my pants...
33 posted on 02/04/2004 5:44:04 PM PST by Hand em their arse
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To: IronJack
Well-written, but I disagree. We need to get mad at both the general degeneration and this latest particular outrage. Unfortunately it often takes a prominent transgression like this to focus and motivate a somnolent public. And it's an opportunity we dare not let pass, or we will slip into further desensitization. The enemy has made a mistake, by going too far too fast. Maybe it will cause the frog in the pot to realize that the water is getting dangerously hot.
35 posted on 02/04/2004 5:58:15 PM PST by Paul_B
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To: IronJack
I read or heard somewhere that ER is planning Janet: The Sequel on Thursday night. Or perhaps it is to be Janet: The War of the Years since it's supposed to be a much more mature exposure on ER.

If we are going to do this, it seems to me there ought to be more exposure of a larger variety of (what have we?) melons; that is, more of a broad spectrum. For example, the article talks of broad coverage on Cosmo in the check-out lines. I always thought it more appealing to see the larger version that prevails on the covers of Cosmo, even if we need to look to some Jenny Craig "before" models. The point is, if we plan to be fair we need to expose all shapes and sizes and have an on-line poll so we can keep abreast of the most up to date American preferences.

Since Janet only exposed the one, we need to get the National Enquirer investigative reporters on the trail. For now we can only speculate. Enquiring minds want to know. Does Janet have a complete set of pins?

What have we, the NFL, ER, prime time TV...they don't call it the boob tube for nothing.

36 posted on 02/04/2004 6:12:51 PM PST by stevem
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To: Paul_B
We need to get mad at ALL of it! And we've needed to get mad long, long before this.
37 posted on 02/04/2004 6:28:55 PM PST by IronJack
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To: jbeachgrl5
I was raised without a tv and still don't have one.

I often rue the day we got our first one ...

38 posted on 02/04/2004 6:29:47 PM PST by IronJack
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To: Paul_B
Well-written, but I disagree. We need to get mad at both the general degeneration and this latest particular outrage. Unfortunately it often takes a prominent transgression like this to focus and motivate a somnolent public. And it's an opportunity we dare not let pass, or we will slip into further desensitization. The enemy has made a mistake, by going too far too fast. Maybe it will cause the frog in the pot to realize that the water is getting dangerously hot.

Thanks for saying what I wanted to! Well said.

39 posted on 02/04/2004 6:45:03 PM PST by Lijahsbubbe (The brighter you are, the more you have to learn)
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To: IronJack
IronJack bump
40 posted on 02/04/2004 6:46:30 PM PST by an amused spectator (articulating AAS' thoughts on FR since 1997)
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To: IronJack
[i]Children can see that much flesh in an advertisement for Tomb Raider. Cosmopolitan has more cleavage displayed on its cover. Any child going through a grocery store line has probably seen more skin than a Beverly Hills plastic surgeon.

They see it every day in electronic games, music videos, magazine advertisements, and the hallways at school. Half-naked pre-teens are the status quo these days, now that Madonna and Britney Spears are tonsil wrestling on live TV and Bono is cussin’ like a drongo in a Belfast bar. If that’s okay, how is Janet’s mad flash wrong?[/i]

Excellent points. Using this logic, "its no big deal" if I walk into Viacom HQ with a suicide belt strapped around my waist because "everyone does it".

BTW - someone pls clue me in on the html tags here b/c they don't match the other forums I use - confusing.

41 posted on 02/04/2004 6:53:44 PM PST by Fenris6
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To: IronJack
Iron Jack, you are ABSOLUTELY RIGHT!!
tbird1
42 posted on 02/04/2004 6:57:12 PM PST by tbird1
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To: Fenris6
Check out the FReeper HTML Basic Training. Someone should have a link ...
43 posted on 02/04/2004 7:33:12 PM PST by IronJack
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To: tbird1
Thank you.
44 posted on 02/05/2004 4:27:26 AM PST by IronJack
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To: Fenris6
HTML Bootcamp
45 posted on 02/05/2004 4:52:41 AM PST by kanawa (that which is born in blood must need die in blood)
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To: IronJack
As I've said before, my buddies and I were disgusted with the halftime show and we didn't even see the boob incident. We all got up, probably at the point where Jackson started doing the 20-year old "Rhythm Nation" number & dance routine for THE 20,000,000TH TIME. THANKS MTV.

And thanks for the same old crotch-grabbing, mush-mouthed idiots rapping about ... I have no idea. And for that white-trash moron Kid Rock doing his only hit from about five years ago. Oh, and don't forget Aerosmith ...THAT was a fresh act in the pregame. What, was Bon Jovi unavailable? And where was the tribute to Biggie Smalls? Or the lifetime achievement honor for Madonna? Get with it, MTV.
46 posted on 02/05/2004 4:57:23 AM PST by Jhensy
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To: Jhensy
Good point. In addition to its complete lack of taste, the entire Super Bowl "entertainment" extravaganza was stale, cliche, and obsolete. I kept waiting for Boy George or the Village People to do a tribute to "Saturday Night Fever."
47 posted on 02/05/2004 2:26:27 PM PST by IronJack
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