February 03, 2004
Janet Jackson’s Boob and the Decline of Western Civilization

So now, Michael Powell – evidently possessed by the John Lithgow character in Footloose – wants to launch a federal investigation into the entire Super Bowl halftime show, because he was “outraged” at what he saw.

But besides the obvious point – that more children are seeing this boob because Powell and the media just won't let the matter fade away (although Janet and Justin should have understood that in the TiVo age the duration of the action doesn’t matter as much as the magnitude) – I can’t understand how the country can take such an active interest in this, when other, just as obvious events, with a lot more impact on all our lives go unquestioned. How is it we’re more outraged over a nipple than Halliburton’s blatant war profiteering, the lack of WMDs, etc? Is it just an easier mirror to face? Or is the mind control ray in Montauk really working?

Posted by elia at February 03, 2004 10:30 AM

It sure makes for better headlines-- I mean, have you checked out the papers today? "Tempest in a D cup" "Tit for Tat" "Duo Caught in Booby Trap" "Boob Tube" "Super Ball Bra-ha-ha" Editors haven't had this much fun since the heady days of, well, "Headless Man Found in Topless Bar"

Posted by: hirmes on February 3, 2004 11:30 AM

Not to mention "wardrobe malfunction" which is right up there with the stragely catchy "weapons of mass destruction related program activities."

Posted by: tmonkey on February 3, 2004 10:13 PM
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