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Cultural Depravity on Display: The 2022 Superbowl Half-time Show

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The forthcoming Superbowl half-time show will exhibit the bottomless pit of American pop culture. The National Football League (NFL) has succumbed to gutter music by booking Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Dre, Mary J. Blige, and Kendrick Lamar. Many wokesters and jubilant progressives regard this news as a landmark event highlighting aspects of black culture. However, is this even remotely the case?

Collectively, these ‘artists’ have racked up long rap sheets, including weapons charges, domestic violence charges, felony drug possession, assault charges, street gang activity, and racketeering, and have been accused of murder, attempted murder, and mayhem. Their ‘songs’ are laced with words such as bitc*, pimp, motherf*****, ho, and the N-word in its various forms.

Far From a Great Moment

When did rhymes which highlight violence, greed, hate, bullying, narcissism, and hedonism take center stage in the American music scene? When did the NFL shift from its previous standard of conservatism and family? “The opportunity to perform at the Super Bowl Halftime show, and to do it in my own backyard, will be one of the biggest thrills of my career,” Dre proclaimed. The ensemble half-time show will be an “unforgettable cultural moment.” 

This is not an admirable moment for black culture, or the National Football League, or the United States of America. It is an unmistakable sign of social and cultural rot; the triumph (and I am being kind here) of lowlifes.

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Actually, the NFL long ago caved to the Left. Still, the situation is heartbreaking as 7, 8, and 9 year-olds across America and around the world will be watching. One can only imagine the long term impact on children and on society of having such garbage socially sanctioned by one of the nation’s most prominent institutions, and on display to the world’s largest TV viewing audience.

The Sordid Effects

Rap has a pronounced ill effect on children who listen to it. Consider the findings published in Pediatrics from the American Academy of Pediatrics: “The effect that popular music has on children’s and adolescents’ behavior and emotions is of paramount concern. Lyrics have become more explicit in their references to drugs, sex, and violence over the years, particularly in certain genres… exposure to violence, sexual messages, sexual stereotypes, and use of substances of abuse in music videos might produce significant changes in behaviors and attitudes of young viewers.”

Here’s the message for parents: it is rational to believe that listening to rap ‘music’ will increase a youngster’s propensity to engage in violence or at least desensitize him to the effects of violence. As parents, can we allow this to happen to our kids? Why let an industry that does this to our children continue to flourish?

Hum that Tune?

Consider your own adolescent and teen age years. Many people can associate songs with a boyfriend or girlfriend from decades ago. They can remember what they were doing at the time a song was popular. Now imagine listening to lyrics laced with profanity, or that glorify misogyny or violence. What level of viciousness is necessary to write, record, produce, and distribute such products? Beyond being crude, vulgar, and non-melodious, rap doesn’t help engender memories. 

When you were in grade school, high school, or college, the tunes you listened to served as memory hooks – emotional markers that highlighted the times of your life. You likely can recall a favorite song, if not several, from your school years, recite the verses, and engender distant, pleasant recollections. Tuneful, melodic songs can evoke powerful memories. 

What will today’s kids have to recall, musically, as they proceed through the decades ahead? Clever, lowbred lines from DaBaby, Polo G, or Lil Uzi Vert? Will anybody hum those tunes? Will such tunes play at anyone’s wedding?

Bereft and Barren

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Are two friends, who meet in 30 or 40 years hence, going to reminisce over a rap ‘song’? Are the clamorous, pounding, obnoxious verses going to invoke memories worth carrying to the end of one’s days?

Make no mistake, the NFL is legitimizing lyrical pornography, shoving it in our faces, and essentially saying, we’re hip, we’re cool, we’re with progressives, and you should be too. 

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Jeff Davidson is "The Work-Life Balance Expert®" and the premier thought leader on work-life balance, integration, and harmony. Jeff speaks to organizations that seek to enhance their overall productivity by improving the effectiveness of their people. He is the author of Breathing Space, Simpler Living, Dial it Down, and Everyday Project Management. Visit www.BreathingSpace.com for more information.




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