The Disgusting Display at the 2020 Super Bowl
By now, much has been said about the Super Bowl halftime show and I’m not even sure I have much to add. It was certainly a display of the declining morals of our culture. For an event traditionally watched by parents and children alike to include that display was disheartening to say the least.
I’ve seen defense and critique of the event from many different angles. For me, the morning after the game I was listening to local sports talk radio on my way to work and their discussion was eye-opening. One member of the team asserted that, while he didn’t have a problem with it, he understands why some people felt it was inappropriate for children and presented women in a poor light.
The response of one of the other hosts (who was arguing in favor of the show) was telling and scary, but not surprising. He said:
What have I said before? The culture can’t be wrong. It’s the culture. It just is what it is.
Isn’t that how many people see our society? It just is what it is. There’s no morality to any of the things that happen, they just happen. And, if they happen, there should be no moral judgement. It’s just the natural evolution of this many people being grouped together in geographic areas, so we can’t have any opinion of it one way or the other.
The moral ambiguity defense
The discussion continues and they say the show wasn’t so bad when you compare it to “these young girls dance troupes.” They seem to say that, because this other morally reprehensible thing happening, this one should be fine by comparison.
Just because there are groups of young girls acting inappropriately doesn’t mean that it excuses what can be seen as “less inappropriate” - especially when it’s on national TV. This is one of the issues with the moral relativism that has overtaken our culture. When there is no standard of morality, anything goes and anything can be justified.
There is another another argument being used to defend the halftime show. This group says, “Why is everyone talking about the halftime show, but no-one is talking about the men on the field bashing their heads together all day?”
Now, there has been a groundswell of protests against the NFL and football in general due to the rise in incidence and severity of concussions and other injuries associated the sport. Yes, this a concern when you consider how these athletes are sacrificing their bodies for our entertainment. Setting aside the fact that they are being compensated handsomely for it, the concern is valid, just not applicable in this instance.
To compare men playing a sport with the sexualization of a culture (as is done through the halftime show) is like comparing apples with coffee mugs. They’re not even in the same universe. Is it sinful to watch football? It’s tough to make that argument. Now, if you’re cheering for people to be hurt, that’s a different story, but watching a sport played by some of the best athletes in the world is not inherently sinful. The same cannot be said for scantily clad women doing all they can to inspire lust in the hearts of their viewers and the viewers happily playing along.
The trend of sexualizing everything except the game (and even some parts of the game itself) makes it not only hard to watch a game with my young boys, but to watch it myself. It really adds nothing to the game, other than letting the downward spiral of society seep into a sporting event.
I could say I hope this would change and people would come to their senses, realizing that the sexualizing of one of the most watched events of the year is unnecessary, but we all know the reality of that. Unfortunately, I fear it will only get worse.