More than seven years later, it’s safe to say the NFL has officially moved from the “wardrobe malfunction.” For the second straight year, the Super Bowl stage is set to welcome a female performer with sex appeal as the 2004 incident with Janet Jackson continues to fade away.
According to SBNation.com, it’s reportedly another ’80s and ’90s pop queen — Madonna — who will get the nod to sing and dance in ’12 at halftime of Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis’ Lucas Oil Stadium. The Material Girl will be the follow up to Fergie, who performed as part of the Black Eyed Peas in Super Bowl XLV at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
Consider that when comparing her career to Madonna’s, Jackson has been far less controversial outside of her revealing too much in a Super Bowl XXXVIII show with Justin Timberlake. Madonna has been never one to shy away from controversy, as she has used her concert tours, music videos, movies and books to push the envelope. So it’s interesting the NFL would be OK with the star of “Truth or Dare,” “Justify My Love,” “Body of Evidence” and the author of “Sex” representing its brand in the biggest brand.
Where Madonna does fit in with other recent Super Bowl halftime performers, such as Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen and Paul McCartney, is that at 53, she’s a veteran of the industry where she can belt out a medley of her least controversial chart hits. A hipper, current choice would have been Lady Gaga, but Madonna is simply a safer older version. One thing is for sure — if Madonna digs her old oversized cone-shaped bra out of her closet, the FCC can probably rest assured she will remain well covered.
Maybe this is a “Ray of Light” for the surprising 4-0 Detroit Lions, who are hanging with the reigning Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers in the NFC North as the league’s two remaining undefeated teams in ’11. Before eventually jet-setting to New York and London, Madonna was born and raised in Michigan.