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Prince Lewd During Halftime Show?

Prince's Halftime Imagery Questioned
By JAKE COYLE, AP Entertainment Writer
42 minutes ago

NEW YORK - In the sensitive post-wardrobe malfunction world, some are questioning whether a guitar was just a guitar during Prince's Super Bowl halftime show.

Prince's acclaimed performance included a guitar solo during the "Purple Rain" segment of his medley in which his shadow was projected onto a large, flowing beige sheet. As the 48-year-old rock star let rip, the silhouette cast by his figure and his guitar (shaped like the singer's symbol) had phallic connotations for some.

A number of bloggers have decried "Malfunction!" _ including Sam Anderson at New York magazine's Daily Intelligencer. Daily News television critic David Bianculli called it "a rude-looking shadow show" that "looked embarrassingly rude, crude and unfortunately placed."

CBS spokesman Dana McClintock said Tuesday that the network has received "very few" complaints on Prince's performance. CBS last aired the Super Bowl in 2004 when Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake's "wardrobe malfunction" sparked criticism and a subsequent crackdown on broadcast decency from the Federal Communications Commission.

But this time, it was the NFL that produced the halftime show (MTV had in 2004). Spokesman Greg Aiello said the league has received no complaints.

"We respect other opinions, but it takes quite a leap of the imagination to make a controversy of his performance," Aiello said. "It's a guitar."

The majority of the reaction to Prince's performance has been laudatory, including positive reviews from The Associated Press, the New York Times and USA Today _ all of which noted the lack of controversy in this year's halftime show. AP Entertainment Writer Douglas J. Rowe wrote: "He delivered one of the best Super Bowl halftime shows _ ever."

For decades, the electric guitar, by nature, has been considered phallic. From Jimi Hendrix's sensual 6-string swagger to Eddie Van Halen's masturbatory soloing, the guitar has often been thought an extension of a male player's sexuality.

Was Prince's pose phallic?

"The short answer is, of course it is," says Rolling Stone magazine contributing editor Gavin Edwards, who points out that on Prince's "Purple Rain" tour in the mid `80s, he performed with a guitar that would ejaculate, squirting water out of its end during the climax of "Let's Go Crazy."

"All that said, it didn't seem like a sniggering little puppet show," adds Edwards. "I think it was one of those things because a guitar at waist level does look like an enormous phallus."

By enlarging his shadow, it's possible Prince intended to accentuate this aspect of his solo, but it's just as likely it was accidental. (You can find videos of the halftime show at YouTube.com.) A message left with Prince's publicist Tuesday wasn't returned.

The late-night shows have taken notice. On CBS's "The Late Late Show" on Sunday night, host Craig Ferguson said of Prince: "He was obviously very happy to be there, wasn't he?"

Stephen Colbert reacted with mock outrage on Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report" Monday night: "They knew that they were dealing with a lustful, pansexual rock 'n' roll deviant," said Colbert, who joked that the sheet hid (not enhanced) Prince's "demonic guitar phallus."

In recent years, Prince has scaled down his performances, which were once renown for their gymnastics. His mini-concert at the Colts-Bears game in Miami included parts of "Purple Rain," "Let's Go Crazy," "Baby I'm a Star," Bob Dylan's "All Along the Watchtower," the Foo Fighter's "Best of You" and Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Proud Mary."

The Minnesota native has attracted controversy before. Tipper Gore launched a campaign to place a warning sticker on his 1984 album "Purple Rain" because of the lyrics to the song "Darling Nikki." Though his musical style has been expansive, he's best known for funky, sexually charged songs like "I Wanna Be Your Lover" and "Get Off."

Prince's previously most talked-about performance came at the 1991 MTV Video Music Awards, where he donned yellow, butt-baring pants, (a stunt later spoofed by Howard Stern). Always eccentric, he famously changed his name to The Artist Formerly Known as Prince, then to simply a symbol and finally back to Prince. He also became a Jehovah's Witness in the mid-`90s.

But Prince's halftime performance, though celebrated, came in a much different cultural environment, where even the fleeting outline of a man and his guitar could, for some, suggest shaded depravity.

"If people want to be hypersensitive, they can be hypersensitive," says Rolling Stone's Edwards. "Those trombones are phallic, too. What are you going to do?"




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I don't know, about 15 people in the room when I watched that thought the exact same thing. I knew for sure it would be a story. He had to know how that could be perceived.




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there was nothing wrong with that, there reaching for shit.

and if they wanna reach for shit 90% of the commercial breaks seemed to have a fucken homo sense about them!



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there was nothing wrong with that, there reaching for shit.

and if they wanna reach for shit 90% of the commercial breaks seemed to have a fucken homo sense about them!

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This wouldnt be a problem anywhere else in the world... Europe? pshhhh...this is nothing. We are so sensored and socialized, and it really sucks. Prince did a great job with his performane, and they are bitching to bitch.
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Here's a video of it for people too lazy to search:

http://youtube.com/watch?v=fYOVJx_HAr0

It's a little over a minute into it.
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Give me a break, those people offended are losers. Some of American's Puritanical views make me want to puke. Grow up people. Both men and women have genitalia and rock and roll breaths sex. And no I never looked at the prince guitar and thought it looked like a cock. Looks like a ugly guitar to me, that's all.
The super bowl is a game played by grown men who beat the living shit out of each other with blows so hard they can cripple people, and have. These men also shower together after the game. That should give the Puritanical homophob's enough to chew and an not worry about Princes' guitar shape. Even heard some of the players have premarital sex!

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there was nothing wrong with that, there reaching for shit.

and if they wanna reach for shit 90% of the commercial breaks seemed to have a fucken homo sense about them!
yeah, there was so much latent homosexuality in the ads it wasn't even funny. The only good commercial was the Robert Goulet one.

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I thought there would be a huge thread on here about GOOOOOULEEEET by now.

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Wow! As a guitarist, and really conservative guy, even I didn't think about that when I saw the show.

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I saw the halftime show and didn't think of that when the sheet was up...I guess more people dream of dick than others?

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Wow! As a guitarist, and really conservative guy, even I didn't think about that when I saw the show.
Me too, and i forgot how good of a guitarist Prince is

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F it, I say no more pre game show or Fing Halftime show, I would rather see a bunch of Pop Warner kids play at half time each starting at the 30...

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I finally sat down and watched this tonight. For those who are interested, better search youtube before the copyright nazis take it off. The party I was at was pretty hopping, I didn't get to hear any of it the first time.

I liked all the covers, but his original stuff is damn good. He is damn good at the guitar.

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Actually, my friend and I were BOTH distracted by the fact that his singing sounded like he was strangling a cat!

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This keeps up the NFL may resort to pretaped shows? I guess my question with this thread was did Prince know what he was doing? Any publicity is good publicity or are people reaching? I have to guess he knew his act would create a buzz.

Like Janet's malfunction was an accident or planned?
Air the superbowl on fricken cable then if the networks can't deal with mainstream entertainment.




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The trombones and saxophones looked phallic too. Outlaw all marching bands!

I think the people complaining are sexually frustrated to begin with.

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youtube pulled the video due to copyright issues.

Unless he was stroking it I don't see where they are getting it from... Do their balls look like that? If so, they should really see a doctor instead of stressing about a guitar.

Here's a pic I found for anyone else who wasn't paying attention during halftime like me.

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This wouldnt be a problem anywhere else in the world... Europe? pshhhh...this is nothing. We are so sensored and socialized, and it really sucks. Prince did a great job with his performane, and they are bitching to bitch.
There are still a lot of places in the world that would have killed him long ago! Europe isn't exactly the rest of the world.
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