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! 😀