lactating the masses

2/1/04

I know every other blogger on earth is talking about this, but I found Janet Jackson’s Super Bowl boob to be among the more refreshingly cynical things to happen in mass American culture in a long time. The weird backpedaling of the Powers That Be notwithstanding, you have to see this as a the ultimate

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  1. steph

    Ian, I like your “Real job” vs. freelance report.. an A+ review of both sides. I do not like the janet-boob happening as being regarded as “wonderful”. Did I read that right? You stuck your middle finger up at me because my conservative-democrat-arse views it as something I don’t want my kids to ever see. I don’t want my son to ever treat a woman like that, whether or not it appears she is asking for it. Isn’t it a little sickening that promoting that skit is saying our country’s talent lies mostly in exploiting sexuality? I wish we could be more creative than that.

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  2. Ian

    Yeah, I hear you on the kiddie thing. When and where a parent decides to let their young’uns see their first non-maternal breast is entirely their call. But I mean, come on, it was less than two seconds of actual flesh.
    I thought the whole episode was a sneaky and effective use of fame, spectacle and the subversion of American puritanism. Seriously, everybody (except concerned parents) wins, even the FCC, who get to make a ruckus and seem relevant. And I know you’re not like this, Steph, but a lot of parents LOVE to get to complain about culture.

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  3. steph

    parents who see their kids becoming products of their society may seem to LOVE complaining about it but it’s actually a cry for help. Read “Reviving Opehlia” to get some worst case scenarios. I am not worried about the 2 seconds of boob. It’s the whole song and dance around it, the friggin’ theme. Spend some time with some Britney-wannabes and you’ll be censoring your MTV channel in a heartbeat — or at least grumbling about it under your breath.
    I’d rather see a super-bowl halftime show based on someother medium. How ’bout soccer penalty kicks? Some gymnastic routines? I’m so booooring.

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  4. shelagh ratner

    Ian-
    How flattering to be mentioned in your blog. Interesting bit of trivia about the Toyota spot: in the director’s cut the Latin hunk actually rips half of my sweater off. Didn’t get by the censors,we can’t all be as lucky as Janet.
    Shelagh

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