CANNABIS CULTURE – I really just watch it for the cultural references, but the game this year was, I’ve got to admit, pretty thrilling.
The ads for the first half of this year’s Super Bowl game featured Viagra pumping up a Fiat, Budweiser taking on craft beers, Walter White as “Almost Greg” in a pharmacy for Esurance, and Jeff Bridges wearing a Dudelike sweater and Om-ing for Square Space. Katy Perry played the “Pepsi Halftime Show” but it was Coke that the Internet server technician spilled into the Matrix in an ad, making love from hate in a kind of LSD-in-the-water fantasy fulfilled (with the wrong substance).
Sadly, Perry replied when asked by Rolling Stone about smoking pot: “I can’t do that stuff. I’d be like in the corner: ‘Are you trying to kill me?!'” Can’t blame her in this violent society she’s bombarded with, starting with football itself. The program advertised appearing after the game is “Blacklist” with pyrotechnics as violent as they come, a Nascar bad-boy ad also had a firery crash, action star Danny Trejo played Marcia Brady sans her Snickers, and the ultra creepy Shades of Grey was advertised as inciting “countless” fantasies.
Perry’s a talented enough singer (she got me singing “Firework” with the autistic girl). But she had to turn her boobs into whipped cream canisters and her nipples into nozzles to get attention. For today’s show, she did up her life-giving breasts with nuclear symbols at Bikini Beach (pictured). She had good line at the press conference about her performance not being “deflating” (I suspect Bruce Vilanch’s hand). Perry is only the fourth woman to headline a Halftime show, counting Janet Jackson (with the famous “Wardrobe Malfunction”), Jay-Z’s beatch Beyonce, and Madonna (who reached to Elizabeth Taylor in Cleopatra).
Perry’s show was augmented with pothead Lenny Kravitz, whose “Stand By My Woman Now” was the most respectful song even written to female sex. While on tour in Croatia in 2005, Kravitz told Gloria magazine that he had smoked pot with Mick Jagger, calling it a “great privilege.”
Missy Elliott, the first female Hip-Hop artist to appear at a Super Bowl, brought the energy to a higher level than Perry did riding a monster lion. Elliott confessed that she tried “a Jamaica brownie” on her trip in Jamaica in 2005 and told journalists at the press conference that she was high.
Jennifer Aniston in her Lip Flip with Jimmy Fallon backed the Seahawks because “We got the weed man” (even though New Englanders smoke more pot per capita than any other region). It’s nice to see the 5′ 11″ black Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson holding his own with Giselle’s husband, tying up the game by the half. Last year, Wilson became just the second Black starting quarterback to win a Super Bowl, and the shortest quarterback to have ever won a Super Bowl. (Wikipedia)
Perry’s Firework Finale was stellar and for what was spent on it, we could probably have fed every hungry child in the world Super Bowl Suppers for a month. Not to mention, the $9 million-per-spot ads, the $44 million Roger Goodell makes yearly for “a job a 2-year-old could do” and all the dollars down the drain on political “speech.”
When will we ever grow up?