Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

The Super Bowl entertainment fiasco February 7, 2011

IF YOU WATCHED the Super Bowl, what’s your opinion of the half-time entertainment?

Here’s mine: I did not get it. None of it. Not the words, not the dancing, not the message, not anything performed by the Black Eyed Peas. I couldn’t understand most of the lyrics.

I did not “get” the lead singer’s (sorry, don’t know his name) clear plastic head covering. He didn’t look too comfortable, sweating and all. I did like the group dancers’ glowing costumes. Those were cool.

I’ll admit that I know nothing about the Black Eyed Peas. I struggle, though, to define their “music” as “music.”

But then 70s era music is my music. And let me tell you, THAT was music—Chicago, Bread, the Moody Blues, Elton John, Rod Stewart…

This Black Eyed Peas stuff is not music, in my fifty-something opinion.

So…, the half-time show disappointed me, big-time. Half-time is one of the two reasons I sometimes, and I mean sometimes, watch the Super Bowl. I also, sometimes, watch the game to see the commercials. I could care less about the football.

I didn’t see every ad, but here’s my take on those: Way too many car commercials. Didn’t we just bail out the auto makers a few years ago and now they are spending millions on 30-second spots? That doesn’t sit right with me. I know, I know, there’s more to the story than that, but I’m just giving you my gut taxpayer reaction.

I don’t know why this surprises me, but I also thought too many commercials were too sexist and too violent. Can’t give you specifics because I didn’t take notes, but I recall a club and fire, weapons and long legs and…a guy ordering flowers…

My favorite commercial—monkeys running across the tops of cars with brief cases—made me chuckle. Sorry, I can’t tell you what they were advertising, so I guess that ad probably failed.

Then to top it off, Christina Aguilera messed up on the National Anthem, singing “What so proudly we watched at the twilight’s last gleaming” instead of “O’er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming.”

Come on. I admit, I could probably flub The Star Spangled Banner too, but I’m not a professional performer.

At least the Green Bay Packers won the game. I was rooting for them, sort of, when I wasn’t reading the newspaper, clipping coupons and falling asleep on the couch.

© Copyright 2011 Audrey Kletscher Helbling


14 Responses to “The Super Bowl entertainment fiasco”

  1. Miranda Says:

    Our group actually thought the halftime show was pretty good-and yes, the costumes were awesome! One of the guys wants to find one for Halloween. I liked the monkey commercial, too, but I think my favorite one was the Doritos commercial where there’s an office employee eating Doritos, and a coworker licks the Doritos dust off his fingers, and then at the end steals another coworker’s pants to lick the Dorito dust off them, too.

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      Maybe that’s the difference between the younger and older generation. Glad your group of Packers’ fans enjoyed the entertainment.

      I just learned that the costumes were made in Baxter, Minnesota, which is near Brainerd.

      So, is there lots of Packers mania in Wisconsin today?

  2. Jocelyn Says:

    This year the football game was the best part of the Super Bowl experience, as it should be.
    This thirty-something thought the half time show was mediocre at best and definitely strange. But the worst performance was the National Anthem flub. No excuses for that one. Jason and I just shook our heads in disgust.

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      Interesting to hear your 30-something perspective. Maybe I’m not such an old-fogy after all. I ditto your and Jason’s reactions to the National Anthem flub. Maybe next time use a teleprompter or write the lyrics on your arm.

  3. Miranda Says:

    I just remembered another commercial I thought was hilarious-the kids w/ the Darth Vader costume. 🙂

    And yes, there will be Packers mania up in GB today. I heard kids are being let out of school to watch the Packers parade.

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      Oh, yeah, I liked the Darth Vader costume car ad, too. Forgot about that one. That was hilarious!

  4. Donna Lyon Says:

    There is absolutly no excuse for messing up our National Anthem! I had a great Super Bowl Sunday, played cards with my grandson and knitted while my hubby and daughter enjoyed the game. I know my Menasha friend was thrilled with the outcome.

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      Go, Packers! Gotta support our Wisconsin neighbor.

      As for the National Anthem mess-up…no excuse, you’re right.

  5. Jean Palmer Martineau Says:

    The Green Bay Packers fans are going crazy! We love the Pack! There is usually craziness after Packer games that goes on and on, but this is amazing! It has been so good for the Wisconsin economy – the grocery stores, retail stores, bars and restaurants are doing well in a normally slow time of the year! It’s all good!

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      I’m happy the Packers won. My second daughter, who nows lives in eastern Wisconsin, has kept me updated on Packer mania. She doesn’t care about football, not at all. I’m thinking, though, that maybe she needs a Packers jersey/t-shirt/cheesehead to more easily blend in with the Wisconsinites.

  6. Bernie Says:

    Everyone I was watching with didn’t enjoy the half time show either. Roy just kept talking about that plastic head thing Wil I Am was wearing. It was hard to hear. The costumes were from the 80’s. Ick.

    The commercials were a disappointment as well. Too many car commercials and not many of them funny.

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      Yeah, my husband kept talking about that plastic head thing too. It really bothered him.

      I was OK with the costumes for the most part, but the commercials…I guess I expected more creativity.

  7. Gordon Says:

    I don’t get football on my tv. I had to pay extra but it’s worth every penny.

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