Being snarky about the Super Bowl halftime show is fast on its way to becoming a national pastime that threatens to overtake the game itself. The Who, Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones...they all sucked!, scream the culture critics.
The Black Eyed Peas and special guests Slash and Usher are the latest to fall victim to those who seem to have mistaken the halftime show for something that is supposed to be great art. Hey people...it's halftime of a football game. What were you expecting? The Who Live at Leeds? Springsteen at Winterland 1978? The Beatles at the Hollywood Bowl?
All I know is what I saw from the stands, and as halftime shows go, it was pretty damn entertaining. Yes, a lot of it was silly spectacle. But as ways to pass the time before the second half kickoff go, it wasn't bad at all. And unlike what people heard on TV (apparently), the sound was just fine.
And besides...there was a time when halftime featured "Up With People." Remember that, folks? Is that what you want to go back to?