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January 14th, 2004

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BONO has been turned down by the American NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE after asking to perform a charity song.

The halftime show at the annual Super Bowl is traditionally a star-studded affair. The U2 frontman wanted to perform a new song, ‘An American Prayer’, with Jennifer Lopez to raise awareness in the fight against AIDS in Africa, according to Rolling Stone.

AIDS killed more than two million people in sub-Saharan Africa last year, and southern Africa is believed to account for almost a third of HIV and AIDS infections in the world.

An NFL spokesman told the New York Daily News: "We simply decided that we were going to deliver, as we do annually, an extremely entertaining halftime show. We don’t believe it’s appropriate to focus on a single issue."

The halftime show will instead feature a performance from Janet Jackson, plus others to be confirmed, while Beyonce Knowles will sing the American national anthem before the game. It will be held in her hometown of Houston.

Memorably, the 2001 Super Bowl show saw Aerosmith, Britney Spears, *N Sync, Nelly and Mary J Blige team up for a half-time extravaganza.

In 2002, U2 performed in a tribute to the victims of September 11.
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Date:January 14th, 2004 07:55 pm (UTC)

But then, at least he's not ruining his reputation by singing with J. Lo. :P
Date:January 14th, 2004 10:09 pm (UTC)
While I would prefer him to NOT sing with Jennifer Lopez, I cannot understand the duplicity of the NFL. It was ok to have an Irish band perform a tribute to the 9/11 American tragedy, but it's not ok for an Irishman & a Mexican-American to perform a charity song for AIDS? Yes, 9/11 was a horrible event and while I, personally, did not know anyone who died, I do have friends & family who did. OTOH, I have known many people in my life, been very good friends with (and still am frinds with) many people with AIDS & HIV. More lives have been taken globally from AIDS than 9/11... *argh* Whatever, I know I'm probably mostly preaching to the converted, but it still bugs me the great lengths this government seems to go to "hide" AIDS from the "masses." When I was in High School we had seminars & speeches and such... My younger cousins & nephews are not getting the same preventive education I received. Why? B/c if we don't acknowledge it, it's not there? *sigh* Sorry... Just needed to vent.
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Date:January 14th, 2004 10:57 pm (UTC)
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Date:January 14th, 2004 11:43 pm (UTC)
I totally agree.

for some reason there's still this idea in so many peoples' heads (despite all we know about the disease) that if someone has AIDS, it was their "fault". So why feel bad, or even think about it-right? Then there was the whole 9-11 thing, where everyone was *innocent*. Goshdarnit, we had a right to be angry, or sad, or whatever. We just couldn't get enough of the tributes and the songs and the flag-waving. But mention AIDS, and people act like they've 'heard it before'. And they probably have; yet they're doing nothing. Lives can still be saved. I guess people don't want to think of anything unpleasant, unless it serves their purpose.

heh, now I went on a rant! %-p

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Date:January 15th, 2004 12:25 am (UTC)
how can one be shocked that the NFL, the national football league, is turning down this offer..? ITS FOOTBALL people!!! overpayed, roid users that have to end every play with knocking the bejesus out of some guy..

i mean, just look at your audience and you can truly understand the NFL's perspective...hell, half the audience is too drunk to even learn something even remotely interesting..

the halftime shows, with the exception of the post 9-11 show , have all been cheesy,schmaltzy, nothing-particularly-special affairs..the halftime was never about trying to get people to open their eyes...
what the hell did we learn from aerosmith,britney & Nsync, bon jovi...nothing.

yes, it does suck that the global audience will miss out on a topic that needs to be addressed, but say this were the academy awards, where ART has merit, then that would be reason to be upset. buts its not..

and if i may say again, hell no to Jlo
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Date:January 15th, 2004 08:24 am (UTC)
While I don't agree with the NFL's decision, I understand their reasoning -- they don't want to make the halftime show into a political statement. I don't think it has anything to do with the performers being Irish or Mexican-American, or heck, Martian. *g*

I don't think that was your point exactly, but I thought it odd that you mentioned it right off the bat.
Date:January 15th, 2004 12:57 pm (UTC)
It wasn't my point. I only referenced it b/c many ppl made note of the fact that a non-American band performed the tribute to 9/11 at the NFL half-time show. I was merely reflecting the media's nonsense.
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Date:January 15th, 2004 08:44 am (UTC)
I agree.

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