Get Into The Super Bowl Groove

Madonna will perform the Superbowl XLVI halftime show next February in Indianapolis, according to sports Web site SB Nation. For the first time, I am actually interested in more than just Super Bowl commercials.

Liz Rosenberg, Madonna’s publicist, and the National Football League have neither confirmed nor denied the report. Rosenberg said she could not “announce that this is a done deal” when she was contacted.

This is not the first time Madonna has been in negotiations with the NFL to perform a halftime show. Plans for her performance fell through both in 1998 and 2000. Hopefully 2012 will be different. Afterall, it is only natural that the Queen of Pop join the ranks of other Super Bowl performers like the Black Eyed Peas, Janet Jackson, the Rolling Stones and The Who.

But, as is usual, this announcement has ruffled the feathers of the Catholic League. Bill Donohue, Catholic League president and boycott-happy sourpuss, isn’t exactly thrilled that the most famous “fallen Catholic” will probably be performing.

“Her offensive lyrics, lewd behaviors and misappropriation of sacred symbols are reason enough [for the NFL to recondiser…or else!]. Worse, Madonna has repeatedly ridiculed the heart and soul of Christianity: Jesus, our Blessed Mother, the Eucharist and the Crucifixion.”

Aside from the fact that Donohue has apparently never listened to a Madonna song or interview, I find it hilarious that Bill Dono-who? thinks he can give orders to the National Football League and THE Madonna. They’re the NFL, the most influential and well-known football organization in the world, and Madonna, one of the most powerful women on the planet. He’s Bill Donohue, president of an organization that bullies and boycotts its way into national headlines. This is what we like to call a “losing fight.”

On February 5, 2012, Madonna may perform material from her upcoming 12th studio album in the 70,000-seat Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis for Super Bowl XLVI. Fans like me will love it. Pious pricks like Bill Donohue will hate it. I can’t wait! 😀

Madonna at the 36th Toronto International Film Festival

“Judas” – Like a Prayer 2.0

In 1989, Madonna received scorn from the Vatican and various religious groups after she debuted the music video for her song Like a Prayer. The video featured Madonna kissing a black saint, dancing in a field of burning crosses (symbolizing her refusal to be intimidated by racism) and stigmata. The lyrics were rather tame, however. If it had not been for the controversial video, I doubt anyone would have complained.

Chorus to Like a Prayer

When you call my name it’s like a little prayer

I’m down on my knees I want to take you there

In the midnight hour I can feel your power

Just like a prayer you know I’ll take you there

scene from

Fast-forward 22 years. On April 15, 2011, Lady GaGa released the second single from her third studio album Born This Way. Titled Judas, the song is about a “bad boy.” According to the lyrics, Judas (yes, THAT Judas from the New Testament of the Christian Bible) is a guy that she just can’t get over. GaGa uses elements from the story of Jesus’ betrayal by Judas Iscariot to essentially say that the guy she loves is a back-stabbing betrayer.

Verse from Judas

When he comes to me I am ready

I’ll wash his feet with my hair if he needs

Forgive him when his tongue lies through his brain

Even after three times, he betrays me

Official cover for Lady GaGa

Some in the religious community have taken offense to the song (even though the video hasn’t even come out yet). Bill Donohue, president of The Catholic League, had harsh words for the superstar. “This is a stunt… Lady Gaga tries to continue to shock Catholics and Christians in general… She has now morphed into a caricature of herself…” It should be noted that GaGa is Catholic (as was Madonna when she made Like a Prayer). Before any more self-righteous zealots claim she’s just doing this to shock, they should hear what she has to say about it….and actually listen to the song before making a judgement. GaGa had this to say to the Hollywood Reporter:

“It went through several changes and late-night debates because at one point, there were two completely different views and I was like, ‘Listen, I don’t want lightning to strike me! I believe in the gospel and I’m not going there.’ And it was amazing because to have that conversation about salvation, peace and the search for the truth in a room of non-believers and believers, to me, that was saying God is active in a big way. And the place that it came to is surreal. We don’t touch on things that we have no right touching upon, but the inspiration and the soul and idea that out of your oppression, your darkness, your Judas, you can come into the marvelous light. So it’s about the inspiration and to never give up… We’ve created a new Jerusalem.

Listen to the “controversial” song: