Why the Bruno Mars/Red Hot Chili Peppers Super Bowl Halftime Show Was Painful to Watch
For all of those fortunate enough to catch the Keyboard Cat playing Bruno Mars during the halftime of the Puppy Bowl on Sunday, I envy you. That's because I had to endure about 15 minutes of pure torture while watching the actual Bruno Mars performing with the Red Hot Chili Peppers during the bona fide Super Bowl halftime show. It was just so unbelievably politically correct that it hurt to watch.
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The show began with a chorus line of children, wearing winter clothes that probably were too warm for the 50-degree conditions in which that the game was taking place, singing the Travie McCoy/Bruno Mars song "Billionaire."
Mars made his first appearance doing a drum solo, that, honestly, as it translates to television, was about as interesting as the rest of the game (which at that point was a 22-0 blowout favoring the Seattle Seahawks). The song began playing, probably over MetLife Stadium's PA system, because it didn't seem as though any of the performers was actually playing his instrument. (Plus, the song's actual singer, McCoy, wasn't on hand to perform.) And it did not get any better from there.
Mars followed up with "Locked Out of Heaven," and 2013's most annoying song sounded probably five times as bad with all the irritating "pageantry" that accompanies Super Bowl halftime shows.
It feels as though the Super Bowl's organizers have given up on trying to put on an intriguing halftime show. Ever since the above incident involving Justin Timberlake and Janet Jackson, which happened exactly a decade ago, the NFL has instead settled for the biggest "safe" celebrity mash up they can possibly afford.
It really seems like there are no lengths to which the NFL (a.k.a. "No Fun League") and its commissioner, Roger Goodell, will not go to ensure that the league is looked upon favorably by middle America. And the blandness of the halftime show the last several years is evidence of such.