Let me start by saying that I am NOT a diehard sports fan. Though I’ve been known to attend a few NBA games and will occasionally watch an event on television, the odds are if you catch me watching any sort of sports on tv I’ve been offered no other choice. And usually I’m staring blankly at the screen with only a hint of an idea what is going on in front of me. But I must admit that I do get caught up in the excitement when a local sports team makes the playoffs. And the buzz around the Giants was no different. Not only do the Giants play a mere stones throw from my front door, through my job I’ve had the opportunity to see them (or their buses and entourage is more like it) when they are flying in and out for games and co-workers have pointed out various team members to me as they are traveling personally. No I’m far from a band wagoner, but even a non diehard can get caught up in the whirlwind.
So yesterday along with most of America I plopped in front of my tube at 6pm to watch the big game. I figured I would flip back and forth because I know that I quickly lose interest in such things. But oddly enough I sat through the entire game (oh and let’s be honest there was really nothing else to watch!).
I’m not going to go through a play by play breakdown of the game because well … I wouldn’t even begin to know how to do that. That’s not what this is about. This post is more about the halftime show and some of the feedback I saw in regards to Madonna’s performance.
Everybody is entitled to their own opinion. It seems now that with things like facebook, twitter, google plus and blogs like this one everyone has a forum to get those opinions out there. And you know what they say about opinions ~ they’re like assholes, everybody has one and they all stink!
Now I’ve never been a huge Madonna fan but I have always liked her. Let’s face it she was THE big thing when I was teenager a few short years ago. And contrary to some comments I read she has remained relevant for much of the time since her debut. She constantly changes her style and appeals to different groups. Though her voice doesn’t exactly move me like someone with a better vocal range, her dancing, performing and beats have always caught my attention. Madonna first gained popularity nearly 30 years ago. Now she is 50 + and doing cartwheels on stage. She may not be your favorite entertainer, you may not agree with her personal life and blah blah blah - but you must give her credit for still doing IT after all these years.
I was frustrated about comments about her age - she’s too old to be doing this. Really? These comments came from some of the very same people who are quick to point out how good they look to be (fill in the blank). These same folk are constantly posting barely there photos of themselves in pre workout, post workout and everything questionable in between. Soooo you’re a hot looking older chick, but somehow Madonna is wrong. I’m amazed by how quickly women especially will tear another one down.
Perhaps the most ridiculous comment that I saw was she’s trying to be like Britney Spears. That doesn’t even deserve a response.
Who cares if she was lip syncing. Guess what a lot of performers do and have you heard some of them live? Yeeesh! If she didn’t some of you would be the first to point out how horrible and out of breath she sounded. Yup there are some amazing singers out there who don’t need to lip sync, I’ll give you that. But Madonna has never claimed to have the best singing voice and she’s been laughing all the way to the bank for years.
Stop the hatin’! The truth is whether you like her or not Madonna is still doing her thing and doing it BIG after 30 years in the industry.
Next year’s halftime performer will be Sheena Easton. What’s that you say? You’ve never heard of her. Of course you haven’t because she took “The Morning Train” into oblivion years ago.