Prince's halftime imagery questioned -
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old Feb 7th, 2007, 07:52 PM Thread Starter
Infiniti2001's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2001
Location: USA
Posts: 29,786
Prince's halftime imagery questioned

By JAKE COYLE, AP Entertainment Writer Tue Feb 6, 11:16 PM ET

NEW YORK - In the sensitive post-wardrobe malfunction world, some are questioning whether a guitar was just a guitar during Prince's Super Bowl halftime show.

Prince's acclaimed performance included a guitar solo during the "Purple Rain" segment of his medley in which his shadow was projected onto a large, flowing beige sheet. As the 48-year-old rock star let rip, the silhouette cast by his figure and his guitar (shaped like the singer's symbol) had phallic connotations for some.

A number of bloggers have decried "Malfunction!" — including Sam Anderson at New York magazine's Daily Intelligencer. Daily News television critic David Bianculli called it "a rude-looking shadow show" that "looked embarrassingly rude, crude and unfortunately placed."

CBS spokesman Dana McClintock said Tuesday that the network has received "very few" complaints on Prince's performance. CBS last aired the Super Bowl in 2004 when
Janet Jackson and
Justin Timberlake's "wardrobe malfunction" sparked criticism and a subsequent crackdown on broadcast decency from the
Federal Communications Commission.

But this time, it was the NFL that produced the halftime show (MTV had in 2004). Spokesman Greg Aiello said the league has received no complaints.

"We respect other opinions, but it takes quite a leap of the imagination to make a controversy of his performance," Aiello said. "It's a guitar."

The majority of the reaction to Prince's performance has been laudatory, including positive reviews from The Associated Press, the New York Times and USA Today — all of which noted the lack of controversy in this year's halftime show. AP Entertainment Writer Douglas J. Rowe wrote: "He delivered one of the best Super Bowl halftime shows — ever."

For decades, the electric guitar, by nature, has been considered phallic. From Jimi Hendrix's sensual 6-string swagger to
Eddie Van Halen's masturbatory soloing, the guitar has often been thought an extension of a male player's sexuality.

Was Prince's pose phallic?

"The short answer is, of course it is," says Rolling Stone magazine contributing editor Gavin Edwards, who points out that on Prince's "Purple Rain" tour in the mid `80s, he performed with a guitar that would ejaculate, squirting water out of its end during the climax of "Let's Go Crazy."

"All that said, it didn't seem like a s******ing little puppet show," adds Edwards. "I think it was one of those things because a guitar at waist level does look like an enormous phallus."

By enlarging his shadow, it's possible Prince intended to accentuate this aspect of his solo, but it's just as likely it was accidental. (You can find videos of the halftime show at A message left with Prince's publicist Tuesday wasn't returned.

The late-night shows have taken notice. On CBS's "The Late Late Show" on Sunday night, host
Craig Ferguson said of Prince: "He was obviously very happy to be there, wasn't he?"

Stephen Colbert reacted with mock outrage on Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report" Monday night: "They knew that they were dealing with a lustful, pansexual rock 'n' roll deviant," said Colbert, who joked that the sheet hid (not enhanced) Prince's "demonic guitar phallus."

In recent years, Prince has scaled down his performances, which were once renown for their gymnastics. His mini-concert at the Colts-Bears game in Miami included parts of "Purple Rain," "Let's Go Crazy," "Baby I'm a Star,"
Bob Dylan's "All Along the Watchtower," the Foo Fighter's "Best of You" and Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Proud Mary."

The Minnesota native has attracted controversy before. Tipper Gore launched a campaign to place a warning sticker on his 1984 album "Purple Rain" because of the lyrics to the song "Darling Nikki." Though his musical style has been expansive, he's best known for funky, sexually charged songs like "I Wanna Be Your Lover" and "Get Off."

Prince's previously most talked-about performance came at the 1991 MTV Video Music Awards, where he donned yellow, butt-baring pants, (a stunt later spoofed by Howard Stern). Always eccentric, he famously changed his name to The Artist Formerly Known as Prince, then to simply a symbol and finally back to Prince. He also became a Jehovah's Witness in the mid-`90s.

But Prince's halftime performance, though celebrated, came in a much different cultural environment, where even the fleeting outline of a man and his guitar could, for some, suggest shaded depravity.

"If people want to be hypersensitive, they can be hypersensitive," says Rolling Stone's Edwards. "Those trombones are phallic, too. What are you going to do?"

Love Trumps Hate
Infiniti2001 is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old Feb 7th, 2007, 08:09 PM
Senior Member
Number19's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2005
Posts: 4,597
Re: Prince's halftime imagery questioned

These people who see something "phallic" are perverts.

Dominika Cibulková · Elena Vesnina · Juan Martín del Potro
Kristýna Plíšková · Gabriela Dabrowski · Naomi Broady · Stefanie Vögele · Lauren Davis · Aleksandra Krunić · Karolina Plíšková

Angelique Kerber · Andrea Petković · Garbińe Muguruza
Number19 is offline  
post #3 of 12 (permalink) Old Feb 7th, 2007, 08:28 PM
Senior Member
*abby*'s Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: stealin jen's wristband
Posts: 7,780
Re: Prince's halftime imagery questioned

oh my goodness, people are just looking for something to be offended by!
oh no youre holding a pen, dont you know thats a phallic symbol, gosh how offensive!
*abby* is offline  
post #4 of 12 (permalink) Old Feb 7th, 2007, 08:43 PM
Senior Member
Sally Struthers's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: UnattractiveOn the inside
Posts: 10,984
Re: Prince's halftime imagery questioned

people seeing penises all over the place says more about them than the show
Sally Struthers is offline  
post #5 of 12 (permalink) Old Feb 7th, 2007, 08:45 PM
CrossCourt~Rally's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: A Better Place
Posts: 143,572
Wink Re: Prince's halftime imagery questioned

I noticed ..aswell as quite a few of my friends. However, i was not offended one little bit ...
CrossCourt~Rally is offline  
post #6 of 12 (permalink) Old Feb 7th, 2007, 08:49 PM
Senior Member
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Liverpool
Posts: 579
Re: Prince's halftime imagery questioned

Prince is a legend. The little mans a inspirational genius for me
suffer well is offline  
post #7 of 12 (permalink) Old Feb 7th, 2007, 08:55 PM
Team WTAworld
Senior Member
controlfreak's Avatar
Join Date: May 2003
Location: Luxembourg
Posts: 5,857
Re: Prince's halftime imagery questioned

To be honest I've been disappointed with Prince ever since he failed to capitalise on his early successes in the biscuit industry.

controlfreak is offline  
post #8 of 12 (permalink) Old Feb 7th, 2007, 09:04 PM
Senior Member
nikita771's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2002
Posts: 2,093
Re: Prince's halftime imagery questioned

I wasn't offended, but I thought that he was doing it on purpose -the way he held the guitar and the reflection. It seemed a bit obvious to me, but it's Prince. I wasn't surprised.

I have CDO. It's like Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, except in alphabetical order like it should be.
nikita771 is offline  
post #9 of 12 (permalink) Old Feb 7th, 2007, 09:05 PM
Senior Member
Join Date: Feb 2003
Posts: 2,597
Re: Prince's halftime imagery questioned

You hire Prince and then you find you have a sex-fixated musical genius on your hands. Who knew?

Perhaps it's not a pretend penis, it's really a pretend automatic weapon. Which would make it all alright then for USA viewers.
wipeout is offline  
post #10 of 12 (permalink) Old Feb 7th, 2007, 09:12 PM
Senior Member
star's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2005
Posts: 2,134
Re: Prince's halftime imagery questioned

Originally Posted by Sally Struthers View Post
people seeing penises all over the place says more about them than the show
I never even noticed, though I suppose I wasn't paying much attention in the first place.
star is offline  
post #11 of 12 (permalink) Old Feb 7th, 2007, 11:38 PM
Kart & I against the WtaWorld!
Rocketta's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: NC
Posts: 35,915
Re: Prince's halftime imagery questioned

I think some people need to get some sense slapped into them.
Rocketta is offline  
post #12 of 12 (permalink) Old Feb 7th, 2007, 11:53 PM Thread Starter
Infiniti2001's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2001
Location: USA
Posts: 29,786
Re: Prince's halftime imagery questioned

Some folk generally have their heads in the gutter, so of course they'll see what they want to see

Love Trumps Hate
Infiniti2001 is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome