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More complaints to FCC about Super Bowl halftime

Discussion in 'BBS Hangout' started by Faos, Feb 8, 2005.

  1. Faos

    Faos Contributing Member

    May 31, 2003
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    Viewers complained it was too boring this time.


    By Joal Ryan

    If Janet Jackson's Super Bowl transgression was titillating the audience, then Paul McCartney's was boring the audience, according to viewers who lodged email complaints with the Federal Communications Commission in the wake of Sunday's big game.

    A year after the FCC logged more than 500,000 complaints over Jackson's exposed breast at the Super Bowl halftime show, the governmental watchdog had received exactly two complaints by Monday afternoon over McCartney's fully clothed set.

    In both cases, viewers complained of being "bored" by McCartney's 12-minute, four-song showcase of Beatles and Wings classics, including "Hey, Jude," FCC spokeswoman Rosemary Kimball said Monday.

    Boring or not (and some TV writers did not disagree with that assessment), McCartney's performance was heavily TiVo'd, registering 5 percent more viewers than last year's Jackson fiasco, according to the replay-device company, and heavily watched.

    The Super Bowl (halftime show included) had its usual hold on the TV nation, with 86.1 million watching the New England Patriots-Philadelphia Eagles football contest on Fox. That's down 4 percent from last year.

    As an entertainment event, critics found the Patriots' 24-21 win over the Eagles as methodical and plodding as the musical acts and commercials.

    Daily Variety likened McCartney's efforts to "damage control for last year's Janet Jackson incident." Still, wrote Brian Lowry, "Sir Paul delivered."

    The New York Times' Jon Pareles noted that McCartney did manage to perform an unexpurgated version of "Get Back," complete with its references to "California grass" and crossdressing, with the NFL's blessing. "What was once mildly risqué is now merely droll," he wrote.

    In USA Today, Michael Hiestand observed that the halftime show "returned to its traditional role--something that sits well with chips and dip."

    The ads, which took almost as much heat last year as Jackson, also went down easier. Participants in USA Today's annual ranking of Super Bowl commercials sounded grateful for the lack of spots about four-hour erections and horses passing gas.

    A Bud Light commercial featuring a pilot jumping out of skydiving plane in pursuit of a six-pack of the beer was the survey's top-rated commercial; Napster's lone Super Bowl entry, a spot comparing its service to iTunes, was the lowest-rated.

    Commercials teasing would-be blockbuster movies received middling responses, per USA Today's data. Will Smith's Hitch was the highest-rated among the film spots; Warner Bros.' Batman Begins teaser the lowest-rated.

    CareerBuilder.com, the job-search site, scored big with three spots featuring chimps--the commercials ranked fourth, fifth and six in the newspaper's survey.

    Web builder GoDaddy.com's spoof on the Jackson wardrobe malfunction hung in the middle of the pack in the USA Today rankings. At the FCC, it was the undisputed number one.

    No commercial or broadcast moment prompted more complaints--eight--than GoDaddy.com's, according to Kimball. (All told, the FCC recorded just 33.)

    Also-rans in the complaint department included: Cialis (five viewers had a beef with the game's lone erectile-dysfunction sponsor); Fox announcer Joe Buck (one viewer wanted him "removed" from the booth); and last year's halftime show (three viewers apparently were still reeling from Jackson's breast).

    Kimball said the FCC received two thank yous from viewers who appreciated the toned-down proceedings.

    Apparently, sometimes boring can be a good thing.
  2. NJRocket

    NJRocket Contributing Member

    Jul 23, 2001
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    The New York Times' Jon Pareles noted that McCartney did manage to perform an unexpurgated version of "Get Back," complete with its references to "California grass" and crossdressing, with the NFL's blessing. "What was once mildly risqué is now merely droll," he wrote.

    You know, the NFL are the biggest bunch of hypocrites when it comes to this crap. "with the nfl blessing"....are you kidding me?

    If they aren't complaining about this stuff, they are whining about end zone celebrations. Never mind the fact that they make a zillion dollars by licensing NFL video games for EA sports and the like and there is a either taunting or a different celebration everytime someone scores a touchdown in those games....or the fact that they fine these defenders up the wazu for bone crushing hits, only to turn around and sell millions of videos called "NFL's best hits" showing all of these "illegal " hits and more.
  3. lost_elephant

    lost_elephant Contributing Member

    Mar 7, 2003
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    i liked the half time show this year.
  4. KaiSeR SoZe

    KaiSeR SoZe Contributing Member

    Mar 23, 2003
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    boring? thats outragous! I was shaking my ass at home with a candle in one hand..

    i was rocking it out
  5. BigM

    BigM Contributing Member

    Jul 1, 2001
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    i don't understand people, what the hell was boring about the halftime show? does there have to be a half-naked girl on tv every 30 seconds in order to be entertained? the songs were great and the stage and setup was awesome. what exactly was missing?
  6. SwoLy-D

    SwoLy-D Contributing Member

    Jul 20, 2001
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    Wonder what the OTHER hand was doing, Kaiser... :eek:
  7. Jeff

    Jeff Clutch Crew

    Feb 14, 1999
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    "Let's spend SOME TIME together."
  8. rocks_fan

    rocks_fan Rookie

    May 20, 2002
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    Those stupid kids with their rock and roll, Dan Fogelberg albums. They don't respect GOOD music!

    To be honest, I grew up listening to oldies stations, and especially The Beatles (my mom worked for Capitol records when they hit it big, met them several times) and love their whole body of work. While I don't care for Wings as much, at least Paul picked my favorite song of theirs (Live and Let Die) to perform.

    All in all I enjoyed the halftime show. It was simple had some good music by a music legend, and had some really big explosions at the end. And really, what more could people ask for? At least, on network TV. Even FOX.
  9. RocketMan Tex

    RocketMan Tex Contributing Member

    Feb 15, 1999
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    Ya can't please all of the people all of the time. Maybe Sir Paul should have flashed his royal boob!
  10. rockets-#1

    rockets-#1 Contributing Member

    Jul 22, 2002
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    What a truly, pathetically stupid thing to do. Why can't dumb people out there appreciate good, classic music. If it were up to most of the kids age 10-16, they'd want some high pitched, punk wannabe craptastic band out there, with some girl (who's not even that hot a la Duff) who can't sing, with who knows who else. That was a good show by Sir Paul.
  11. count_dough-ku

    count_dough-ku Contributing Member

    May 19, 2002
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    Nice BASEketball reset. :D
  12. B-ball freak

    B-ball freak Contributing Member

    Sep 27, 1999
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    He would have but Ringo was unavailable :D
  13. sums41

    sums41 Contributing Member

    Feb 20, 2003
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    This is the best half time show i've seen. But then again, i missed the one by Homer after the game.

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