Madonna – Superbowl 2012 Halftime Show (VIDEO)

I got my head handed to me on twitter by Madonna stans for snarking on her Superbowl performance, but damn, that was boring. Been there. Done that.

The Material Girl is known for appropriating pop culture, but she’s been clever in the past. I just felt her performance here was derivative.  She’s trying way too hard to keep up with the younger pop tarts and it’s feeling a little desperate. Oh, and the new song “Give Me All Your Luvin'” is  wretched.

Although I generally find LMFAO amusing (if not particularly good) they appeared out of nowhere.

Cee Lo was also pretty random, but he was there as the obligatory Voice promo. His singing on “Like a Prayer” was pretty awesome, and his appearance in a sparkly choir robe totally glamtastic.

The Richard Simmons look-alike on the tightrope was a favorite moment, although at one point, I was afraid he was going to fall off the rope. Madonna tripped on the risers at one point.

I have no idea what M.I.A–an intense and innovative artist in her own right–was doing slumming in this mess. Guess she’s trying to sell records.

Before you call me a hater…I LIKE Madonna, but haven’t really loved anything since “Ray of Light”–which I REALLY loved. I’m not ready to give her a pass. That’s for artists who are ready to be put out to pasture.  She can do better. (She looks FANTASTIC by the way.)

UPDATE:  NBC is apologizing for M.I.A flipping the bird during the performance. Reportedly she also swore, but it was inaudible. We’ll see if the incident overshadows Madonna’s performance. See–M.I.A was slumming (Via Entertainment Weekly)

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