If you’re one who appreciates performers who push the envelope and never provide a dull moment, then you’re likely pleased to see the NFL chose Madonna to perform at February’s big game.
If you’re one who tends to avoid controversial figures or who is more about the content than the presentation, you may be channel-surfing to watch the Puppy Bowl instead.
America’s reaction to Madonna at halftime of the Super Bowl is likely to be drawn along these lines. There is no denying Madonna’s place in pop and music culture history. Since she burst onto the scene in the early 1980s, she has been the most successful solo female artist of all time. Her music — and her look — has evolved through the years and has still captivated audiences young and old. In terms of longevity, few others have been able to reinvent themselves and still remain relevant.
At the same time, Madonna’s work has not always been politically correct or family friendly. From her semi-nude photos in her provocative book Sex to her controversial music videos depicting rape and anti-religious messages, the Queen of Pop has never been shy in forcing the issue and upsetting some viewers with her messages. Many have boycotted her music based on her explicit and questionable material in both music and music videos.
One thing is certain: With Madonna performing, there will be more to talk about on Monday morning than just the game.