Madonna, movie trailers (The Avengers, Battleship, John Carter), and car commercials were some of the hits at the 2012 Super Bowl broadcast yesterday. Below (sorry, the video has been deleted) is the spectacular (or spectacularly tacky, if you wish) Madonna Super Bowl XLVI Halftime Show in HD. (Madonna's Super Bowl show, I should add, was a total – if much less daring – rip-off of Mylène Farmer's shows throughout Europe.)
According to reports, the 2012 Super Bowl was watched by a record-breaking 111.3 million people in the United States. (Overseas, about 111.3 people watched it.) Now, I don't know if those (domestic) figures truly reflect the number of people in front of TV sets across the country; either way, what remains totally unclear is how many of those purported 111.3 million Super Bowl watchers were a) actually paying any attention to the game b) at least half-way sober so they'd have an idea of which teams were playing c) noticed M.I.A. extending her middle finger while Madonna sang “Give Me All Your Luvin.'"
A lot of people with way too much free time in their hands have been bitching about that M.I.A.'s finger-pointing. A few years ago, those same people wreathed in agony at the time of the Justin Timberlake-Janet Jackson “wardrobe malfunction.” Perhaps they're afraid M.I.A.'s middle finger will lead to war with Iran – much like Janet Jackson's bare breasts led to death and mayhem in Iraq – or at the very least, increase the rate of global warming.
Of note: Madonna's appearance at the Super Bowl wasn't exactly a trailer, but the showwoman-actress-singer-director-etc. has a new movie out. That's W.E., a widely panned love story featuring Andrea Riseborough as Wallis Simpson, James Darcy as King Edward VIII, in addition to Abbie Cornish and Oscar Isaac. Following a couple of Oscar-qualifying runs late in 2011, W.E. opened last Friday; Madonna's song for the movie, “Masterpiece,” won a Golden Globe a few weeks ago.