What did you think about Beyoncé’s half-time performance at the Superbowl? I think what was most disappointing to me is that these displays have become so normal and ordinary. Hardly anyone seems to bat an eye anymore when these kinds of spectacles unfold on national television. Even the First Lady of the United States tweeted her approval, saying how “proud” she was of the performance.
That is why it is noteworthy when someone goes against that tide of popular opinion. And that’s exactly the kind of response that came from Rachel Campos-Duff, former star on MTV’s “Real World” and current mother of six. Her commentary is not written from an explicitly Christian perspective. It merely reflects the concern of an ordinary mother who still believes there are some lines of common decency that shouldn’t be crossed. I don’t agree with everything that she writes. Nevertheless, that she writes seems significant to me. She concludes:
By green-lighting Beyonce’s Pepsi-sponsored halftime show and lowering its standards of decency, the NFL diminishes its family-friendly credibility and erodes the trust of the parents who faithfully gather their families around the TV for the Super Bowl and raise the next generation of football fans. How about a little respect for the moms and dads who buy the NFL gear and carpool the kids to football practices and games? Our children are the future of the NFL and this country and there are grown-ups in high places who ought to know better.
The images that I’ll remember – and I hope my children will as well – from this Super Bowl came from the ads for Chrysler, proving that raunch need not rule the ad wars. Thank you for honoring real role models- our hard-working farmers and brave troops.