The Catholic League has called on the NFL to band Madonna from performing at the Super Bowl, probably fully aware that it's not going to work.
Isn't there something better for them to do? Help people in need or something?
The NFL would do well to drop any plans it may have about inviting Madonna to perform during the Super Bowl. Here's why.
In 2004, the NFL invited 'N Sync's JC Chasez to sing during the halftime of the Pro Bowl game. When Chasez said he was going to sing his latest single, "Some Girls (Dance with Women)," the NFL objected, citing the sexual lyrics that may offend viewers (at the time, the NFL was still receiving flak over the Justin Timberlake-Janet Jackson Super Bowl controversy). The NFL then asked Chasez to sing "Blowin' Me Up (With Her Love)" instead. Chasez agreed to do so. Then the NFL decided that the singer had to drop the lyrics "horny" and "naughty" from the song. Again, Chasez acceded to the request. The NFL then reconsidered the propriety of having Chasez sing altogether, and decided to withdraw the invitation (he was offered to sing the national anthem, but declined).
The NFL cannot expect Catholics to be treated any different. Chasez may be known for some dicey lyrics, but he is chopped meat compared to Madonna. For decades, Madonna has blatantly offended Christians, especially Catholics. The offensive lyrics, lewd behavior and misappropriation of sacred symbols are reason enough not to have her perform. Worse, she has repeatedly mocked the heart and soul of Christianity: Jesus, Our Blessed Mother, the Eucharist and the Crucifixion.
Well, we would submit that maybe they shouldn't have pulled their invite to J.C., but went through with it because of the nervousness over the Justin fiasco (and don't forget, they were part of the same group, would they pull the same stunt?!?). It was probably just the nerves altogether and the touchiness of the audience at that point. Not the religion of some of their viewers.
If you don't like who's performing the half time show, Catholic League, then don't watch.
Now, wasn't that easy?
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