Beyonce in Rubin Singer at The Super Bowl

Posted on February 04, 2013

Miss Bey turned it out last night, did she not?

 

Beyonce performs during the Super Bowl XLVII Halftime show in New Orleans, Louisiana in a costume designed by Rubin Singer and Proenza Schouler booties.

We never did feel all that comfortable critiquing stage wear – which is why we rarely do it. This is all just fine. as far as we’re concerned. We’re not in love with the knee-hi’s paired with booties, but otherwise, this is all semi-standard post-Madonna sexy-dom stagewear.  We’re really only putting it up so we can all talk about the halftime show. We admit, we only caught glances of it in realtime, due to our Downton Abbey live-tweeting responsibilities, but it sure looked like an energetic, hair-whipping, crowd-pleasing set to us.

What did y’all think?

 

[Photo Credit: Getty - Image Credit: Rubin Singer]

    • Stubenville

      Nude fishnets? Why bother?

      • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

         Amen Bro.
        As to the half time show, I’m one of those gay men for whom organized sports have absolutely zero interest. So I had a few friends in for dinner and we drank champagne and ate cassoulet instead.

        • kimmeister

          While my husband attended a Superbowl party, I stayed home, cleaned the bathroom, and made two pies instead.  I’d say my night was less disappointing than his!

          • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

             I can well imagine.  My guests and I realized from the silence outside after about 7, that things did not go well for SF.

            • MilaXX

               It was a nail biter of a game. By half time it looked like a guaranteed Raven win the min. blackout killed the Ravens momentum. For a minute it looked like the 49ers were going to come from behind and win.  It was still lose 34 -31 final.

            • mhleta

              It killed my momentum, too. I abandoned the game to go read my current book, a biography of Ben Franklin, because at the time it seemed more interesting than the game.

            • MilaXX

              I was watching and tweeting. I was considering putting a movie on because it seemed like the Ravens were gonna cake walk this. Then the blackout brought out the foolishness of twitter. Even retailers got in on the action. Walgreen had funny tweets and Oreo posted an ad.It was pretty funny stuff. Still it took the sails out from under the Ravens and they had to work to win. Made for a decent second half.

            • sk8tfan

              Good summation. The niners seemed dazed and confused during the first half. My friends were convinced they’d (niners, not my friends) partied too hardy the night before. They brought it in the second half but couldn’t make that measly five yards. There is no joy in Mudville today.

        • girliecue

          Sir K, you are indeed a bastion of civility in a world that is wont to give into its philistine urges! May I ask what type of sausage do you use in your cassoulet?

          • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

             Since last night included a guest who was vegetarian, i did a variant on cassoulet that had portobello, champignon and hitaki mushrooms in place of meat.  I’ve done it before with great success.

            • MilaXX

               MUST.HAVE.RECIPE
              I see cassoulets on cookings shows all the time. I’m always salivating until they dump the meat in.

            • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

               Basically, I simply replace the meat with the mushrooms, and otherwise proceed as usual.  If I’m making a vegan version I saute the mushrooms in olive oil.  If its a veg version, then I go ahead and use butter to saute.  And of course, instead of some meat or fowl based stock, I use veg stock.  It does mean that you need to up the intensity of the herbs in order to counterbalance the lower complexity of the mushroom flavor.

            • Sobaika

              Ooo, nice. Thanks!

            • girliecue

              Thanks. I’m always on the lookout for a lower-fat cassoulet recipe.

            • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

               My Pleasure!

            • Rand Ortega

               Dammit! Stop being so talented! & interesting! I’m about to be annoyed w/ you once all of this admiration dissipates! : )

            • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

               What a wonderful compliment, Rand.  You’re terrifically sweet to say so.

            • formerlyAnon

               Your secret is out amongst the BKs, I’m afraid. You register on the meter as one of the people who builds and connects and supports – social groups, projects, individuals – striving to do so in a positive way.

            • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

              Okay, so if it was your purpose here to make me a trifle weepy, with the expansive compliments you gave, you gained your objective handily.
              I am really so very touched.
              (blushing a bit)

            • formerlyAnon

               Meant it sincerely.

              If it spares your blushes, I am willing to believe that you also have the same character flaws and irritating habits we all have but which do not show on the Internet. ;D

            • Miss_Led
            • ballerinawithagun

              Sounds delicious! Watched Weeds.

        • http://journal.translarte.de/ Muyserin

           I always like reading your comments, but NOW I want to be your friend! ;)

          • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

             I am both flattered and really touched. THANK you!

        • miagain

          I made cassoulet too (well a streamlined version minus the duck confit) for our super bowl party… 

          • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

             I’ve always loved that, like so many country dishes, its an amazingly adaptable thing to do.  I’ve made cassoulet with all sorts of different things over the years.  The only thing it really doesn’t work with is fish, since the amount of cooking time means any fish would be inedible by serving time.

            • julesj

              I love that TLo conversation on Super Bowl Sunday is about cooking! Thank you. 

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          That sounds so eminentaly civilized and a fine way to spend the evening. As for moi, I was surreptitiously checking on the game from time to time, as I confess to being a Baltimoron(I’ was born there, so I can say that). Ms. Fierce was indeed looking, and sounding  fierce.

      • DinaSews

        They produce less sheen on the skin under the bright lights while still giving a uniform appearance and holding the skin taut.  (My daughter danced for years.)

        • alyce1213

          Yes. And she wears pantyhose or dance tights underneath the fishnets as well.

      • MilaXX

         you couldn’t really tell they were fishnets. I didn’t notice until I saw stills afterwards.

        • Karen Maslowski

           Same here. And I didn’t realize she wasn’t wearing thigh-high boots, either, until I saw the photos above.

      • jilly_d

        Unless you have giant bruises or gashes on your legs, hey make your skin look flawless even from like 10 feet way, and close-up add a little ‘texture’ to your outfit.  Being of the Scottish-descended pasty flesh, I am a big fan.

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZBFH32YG44LIIZYLSQPMBXMYCU Sarah

          I too share the Scottish-descended pasty flesh, and I have them, for those times when black doesn’t go with your fancy underpinnings. In my case, it is because I figured out long ago that for my personal bf, fishnets = sexytimes, so I have them in MANY colors.

          • mhleta

            Beyonce’s wearing some heavy duty compression tights under those fishnets for further “flawlessness.”

            • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZBFH32YG44LIIZYLSQPMBXMYCU Sarah

              Oh, I know it. God bless her trussed-up self. She got out there and worked it like it owed her money, and it ain’t easy to hustle and sing at the same time, not to mention flip your hair so much you look like your neck’s broken.

      • http://twitter.com/lolacestmoi Veronika Kaufmann

        nude fishnets are a showgirl’s best friend: holds tight, makes it light and stops the jiggle. 

      • Jennifer Coleman

        Clearly, you have not seen nude fishnets, ahem, up close & personal. I think you’d reconsider.

      • http://www.facebook.com/elizaleoni Eliza Leoni

        They suck you in like spanx. Rarely seen outside of stage wear.

      • Stubenville

        Thanks for the education everyone. I always thought of fishnets as decorative; I had no idea they were functional as well.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=621974740 Carolyn Wilson

        I read somewhere that Beyonce wears 3 pairs of tights onstage so that she is firmly held in place. Perhaps the fishnets are the top layer?

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1266410766 Phyllis Craine

        Camouflage for the Spanx

      • wuffgal

        i  believe it is a foundation issue. Gotta have something. Why not just go with black? Cant say.

      • RzYoung

        Someone further down the thread may have replied already but answer is: nude fishnets disguise cellulite and stop everything from jiggling too much 

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=677547537 John Hodgins

      It was … okay.  A bit June Taylor dancers-ish and we wondered how the audience was really able to see it that well.  And in our bitchiness, wondered if the mikes were “intentionally” turned down for Kelly and Michelle during the Destiny’s Child reunion because you could barely hear them, but Beyonce sounded normal.  :-P

      • TerryMH

        I noticed the same thing with Kelly and Michelle’s singing. What was up with that?  Could their mic’s been turned down so that Beyonce’s voice would sound significantly more powerful in comparison, maybe because she had “something to prove” after “lip-sync-gate” of the Inauguration?

        • http://profile.yahoo.com/DBSIHWVY4ECXGNXAXFXJMSCNIE Katrin

          I found her singing a little disappointing during most of her set. Dancing like a crazy person doesn’t go well with big pipes, so please, either-or!

          • xmixiex

            super true. sometimes I wondered about her “singing” after some of the dancing sets because ANYONE, even the most in shape, would have been out of breath.  whatever.

        • MilaXX

           She “proved” that at the pre-game press conference.

        • Carrieanno

          I heard somewhere this morning that K’s and M’s mics were indeed turned lower.

      • larshine

        My husband picked this up right away- but we couldn’t come to an agreement if this was a mistake, a planned mistake, or evidence that Bey’s voice is simply a super power while the other two were merely mortal.

      • http://asskickingadviser.com/ Ass Kicking Adviser

         Yes! I noticed the Kelly and Michell’s lower mikes too!

      • MilaXX

         I think the mikes were. Michelle’s even more than Kelly’s.

      • Marcella

        We thought the same thing.  And what was up with dismissing Kelly and Michelle before the end of the song?  They can’t even be there for a whole number?  Tacky.  Also, too much angry face by Miz Beyonce.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        One review of the halftime show remarked that they thought the show worked better on TV than for the spectators in the Superdome, especially those seated in the nosebleed sections.

    • Alyssa

      It sounded good, but I was giving my munchkin a bath, so I missed. Should I youtube it or not?

      • http://aldonsusi.blogspot.com/ Susi R

         if you like Beyonce, yes.

        • random_poster

          Yeah, that’s how I felt.  If you aren’t a Beyonce fan it was just okay.  Given the choice between the performance and the blackout, I felt the blackout gave us more to talk about.  

      • crackineggs

         My seven year old munchkin watched five seconds of grinding and proclaimed them “dirty girls”.  That about sums it up.  Now I have to figure out where he learned that particular phrase.

    • Sobaika

      She killed it. Not that there weren’t weird moments (the army of Beyonces, Kelly and Michelle restricted to backup singers) but it was Bey’s night and the football players just happened to be there.

      • ghopping

        Yeah, what was with the football game at beyonce’s concert?

        • http://twitter.com/KathrynTewson Kathryn Tewson

          some sort of Superb Owl, I thought I heard.  Dunno what owls have to do with football, but there you go.

      • BeeBeauNYC

         I thought she did a great job too, although it was a little odd when she kept hair lashing the audience while singing “Halo”.

        • Sobaika

          Has anyone seen the video floating around on the internet of Shaq crying and singing along to the lyrics of Halo as she performed? Because that is a thing that needs to be seen.

          • Kristin McNamara

            SAY WHAT?! Must. Find. Now!

          • MilaXX

             yes, Shaq is funny.

    • slnelson98

      Best half time show I’ve seen in a long, long time. She was so confident and energetic. Only complaint was wished she had finished on a more upbeat song.

      • Judih1

        Me too. I wish she had ended with Ring on It, since the Superbowl winner gets a Ring on their finger. But then again, this is a Beyonce concert that just happened to be at the superbowl.  S

        he did a FANTASTIC job – and I have never been a big fan of hers. But I downloaded three songs after the concert and played them for my morning workout. 

      • http://twitter.com/Alloyjane Alloy Jane

        You obviously didn’t see the half time show where Prince performed.  Now THAT was a half time show worth watching.  Hell, it’s the only one I remember.

    • greyhoundgirl

      I think she turned it out as far as the show itself–high energy, good performance.  I do get tired of the uber-sexualization.  Not for adults, which is fine, but because so many young kids watch the half-time show.  Media sexualization hurts girls and boys alike–sets up unrealistic expectations how girls and women are supposed to act and look and I think it’s harmful.  It’s not about being a prude and I have no issue with it for adults–then again, I fear I am turning into my father, who could barely listen to popular radio without gasping.  But it’s my feminist/early childhood educator take.

      • Sobaika

        Right. Those Superbowl commercials are sooo respectful of women.

        • SassieCassy

          lol YUP. women objectified washing cars in bathing suits is an all american tradition!
          have we forgotten boobgate? there is a line at the superbowl but bey did not cross it. she was owning her sexuality her beauty and her talent. she had an all female multiracial group of singers dancers and musicians. who was that guitarist?? she was crazy good.i think there is a significant difference between a woman owning and celebrating who she is and being objectified.

          • greyhoundgirl

            I did notice the female musicians.  Especially like that there was a woman drummer!

            • Sobaika

              Beyonce’s made a point to have an all-female band for years. @SassieCassy:disqus the guitarist is Bibi McGill and she is perfect.

            • MilaXX

               It was ladies night at the Superbowl. Between Bey, JHud and Alicia Keys, the women shut it down last night.

          • MissMariRose

             Yeah, I love that she has an all-girl band. That’s so rare in music and I think it’s wonderful that Bey chooses to make that statement.

          • LLuL

            This came up in our house yesterday, and all agreed that Beyonce pulls it off without looking like a trashy ho.  I can’t really put it into words why she can pull off booty shaking and half-naked leather wearing and look sexy/powerful rather than objectified, but personally I’d rather my daughter admire Bey than an NFL cheerleader.

            • Drew Macaulay

              I’m with you LLuL.  My 8 yo girl loves Beyonce, and I’m not sure why that doesn’t bother me more.  I guess part of it is that Bey doesn’t look either emaciated or dramatically surgically altered, and part of it is that her lyrics are almost always about her being decisive.  Like SassieCassy, to me her booty shaking somehow seems to me to communicate control of and celebration of her  beauty, instead of seeming as a response to the cultural mandate that female performers gratify hetero-male desires, although clearly she has that desired effect on straight men.  Hmmm.  I find Bey preferable to Taylor Swift, although I would prefer some sort of modern Cyndi Lauper to be my kid’s idol.  

            • Araina23

               I think it’s that the underlying message of her songs is always independence and a strong sense of self.  It’s about her having fun for herself rather than some man.  And she exudes this confidence that’s very likeable.  Even if I don’t care about the actual songs themselves.

            • http://twitter.com/Alloyjane Alloy Jane

              Funny, I always found her lyrics to reek of petulance and immaturity.  The version of female independence that she pedals is as convoluted as Twilight’s version of love.

        • greyhoundgirl

          Hope this isn’t a put down of my response, Sobaika.   I was responding to the post about Beyonce, not one about commercials.  Different subject, which can also be discussed of course, but I wasn’t comparing the two.

          • Sobaika

            My point was that the Superbowl is not necessarily a family affair, and that kids watching isn’t a decent point against Beyonce specifically – remember Madonna’s sexualized performance? Joined by Nicki Minaj and MIA giving the finger? Britney Spears thrusting around in football leggings? Justin Timberlake and Janet Jackson?

            And I think Cassie makes a really good point in that there is a major difference between the male gaze + hypersexualization and a woman in charge of her presentation and performance.

            • SassieCassy

              agree 10000%. i think i differ tho because i dont see anything inherently wrong with sex or sensuality  esp compared to how gratiously violent our media can be. its just in HOW sexiness is portrayed. and i think King Bey did it right.

            • momjamin

               School night. We left the party at halftime to take the kids home, thus avoiding the issue of watching the halftime show with them ;-)

        • MilaXX

           The godaddy was so barf inducing that it pretty much ensured that if I ever need a web host they won’t even be in the running.

        • A. W.

          Why does a powerful FEMALE star have to appear half-naked on the stage? Her vagina was all but hanging out in that tiny thong front. And on that note, why is her new concert series named “Mrs. Carter”? Just something to think about.

          • Sobaika

            I don’t know what kind of thongs you’re wearing, but mine look nothing like that. And she can call her concert  what she likes.

            • A. W.

              You’re missing the point. It’s become a complete given that most female stars need to appear naked on stage, especially at big events like this. The concert title is potentially problematic because it’s all about Bey as married woman, with the name change as transfer of property from father to husband. It makes me side-eye a little.

            • Sobaika

              I’m not missing any point, I just don’t want any argument when neither of us will change our minds. As you said – it’s a given for most female stars. So why are we singling her out? There is no one on earth who knows this woman as anything other than Beyonce (or many Beysus or The Chosen One, her fans are really intense) so what’s the big deal in her wanting to celebrate her marriage? It’s not like this is her first tour immediately after marrying Jay Z. She could name her tour Lace Front Wigs United for all I care.

            • SassieCassy

              ROFL LACE FRONT WIGS UNITED

              im not really getting the vitriol either. esp when theres a lot of behavior from women in the spotlight that we give a pass for but a grown woman performing on stage the way she has since she was 15?? shocking stuff.

            • A. W.

              We’re not singling her out, just pointing out yet another prominent example of a serious problem. I’ve seen you call out other female stars for internalized misogyny, so I don’t understand why Beyonce gets a free pass?

            • warontara

              …it’s internalized misogyny to war what she wants and dance how she wants and look sexy as hell doing it? Oh.

            • A. W.

              Your assessment is analyzing her performance in a void. We live in a society that is DAMAGING to women through constant objectification, and the main stage that process takes place in is pop culture. Maybe Beyonce loves her costumes and dance moves and sex appeal. That’s awesome. But it also helps re-enforce a damaging societal norm: that even powerful, talented, smart women like Beyonce need to show up naked. I suggest looking up some articles about choice feminism, since they can explain this stuff better than I can.

            • Rand Ortega

               Hang on. Need? or want? What happened to perspective? Lots of female performers don’t show up naked. Taylor Swift immediately comes to mind. Were Alicia Keys or Jennifer Hudson naked at the same SB ? Would you say the same about Cher? She’s shown up even more naked & NO ONE would dictate how she shows up let alone accuse her of bowing to internalized misogyny. There’s a big difference between bowing to damaging societal norms & sexual (& cultural) provocation. This is not to say the former doesn’t exist, but the latter has its place, too.

            • warontara

              I don’t need to read up on it, I am familiar with the concept, I simply don’t agree with you. I just don’t see how dressing to please people with a more conservative bent is somehow supposed to be more empowering than dressing to please herself.

            • Rand Ortega

               Also, A.W., look at Beyonce’s accompaniment. If she were surround by guys & dancing adoringly & sexually against them & their phallic guitars or singing songs belittling women whilst glorifying males, I would agree w/ you wholeheartedly. But that was all women, jamming in an extremely male venue, proudly showing their talents in every form w/out apology or pander. The thematic nuances were proudly feminist. Did she show T&A? Yep. But that lends to the provocation theme of her performance; I honestly don’t think a good # of her lesbian fans would want to see her singing at the SB in a pantsuit.

            • formerlyAnon

               I see both perspectives, but tend to come down on your side, A.W., because I think the way my daughter’s generation will actually be *treated* in the world depends more on what society – that is, the audience – TAKES AWAY from such things as popular entertainment rather than what the performers INTEND TO CONVEY.

              But it’s not something anyone’s going to hash out in this forum.

            • Sandy2118

              I agree with you.  Just the other day I was shocked by a video of my seven-year-old granddaughter’s overtly sexual dance, although she didn’t realize it was overly sexual.  Mega stars like Beyonce need to realize the repercussions on youth.  Not only the little girls who imitate, either.  

            • Elizabetta1022

              It will be interesting to see what happens when Blue Ivy grows up. What I took from Bey’s performance was a celebration of feminine power, to be honest. I loved seeing real, curvy bodies in warrior black leather. I struggle, though, because it seems to me that in some ways, women are being sexually objectified in our culture even more now than they were in the ’70s and ’80s. We have been told that this makes us powerful–to show our bodies–but it also happens to be very pleasing to men and to perpetuate male fantasies about us. Once, (and still, in many cultures) women were not allowed to show themselves at all, not even an ankle. (Men made that rule; I suppose because at that time women were more like “property” or brood mares.) Now, we are encouraged to show everything: so-called Girl Power. But does this really make us powerful and respected? Where does the truth really lie? Personally, I feel the best in clothes that are comfortable, flattering and make me feel beautiful. I’m not sure, but I think that’s the key–that we teach our daughters and granddaughters to dress to please themselves, whatever that outfit may look like. To put it another way, if we took the men out of the room, how would we dress? 

            • Sandy2118

              I agree.  I was shocked the other day by a video of my seven-year-old granddaughter’s overly sexual moves in a dance, although she did not know they were sexual moves.  It’s time for mega stars like Beyonce to realize they are role models.

            • FrayedMachine

              What’s also damaging is a call, perception and strain of thought that in order for a woman to be taken seriously, she must also dress a certain way. What you’re proposing is an issue that is a different side of a core problem within our society – that women should be expected to dress and be dressed in a way that pleases outside sources (such as yourself). The girl is fierce, and no one has the right to outright make her feel less than that. If her way of channeling said fierceness is by dressing blatantly fierce, then let the fierce-a-thon begin. In a lot of ways you’re placing a great deal of blame on women when the major issue is that we are living in a society that disregards the fact that men decide to equality sex and sexuality with an object and being nothing. You have to deal with actually making a more positive relationship with sex and sexuality, not force others to mute it.

            • Sobaika

              I think starlets repeatedly releasing songs/music videos creating a misogynistic atmosphere and a special snowflake “I’m Not Like Other Girls” culture is on a whole other level than Beyonce naming a tour ‘Mrs. Carter’ – maybe not something I would have done, but there’s no free pass to give her because I don’t think she’s done anything inherently wrong.

            • SassieCassy

              because she didn’t do anything inherently wrong. i find this bruhaha over her feminist credentials all very weird and faux-moralistic.

            • Sobaika

              I’m also hoping you’re aware that the actual last names of both Jay-Z and Beyonce are Knowles-Carter.

          • http://profiles.google.com/dorothymichael Dorothy & Michael n/a

             Beyonce’s husband is Jay Z, whose real name is Shawn Carter.  Hence, “Mrs. Carter”.

            • http://www.snoskred.org/ Snoskred

              Omigosh, you can’t bring actual facts to this kind of discussion! What were you THINKING! :)

            • SassieCassy

              ALERT THE MEDIA!!!!

          • FrayedMachine

            A powerful female star doesn’t have to appear half-naked on the stage. However, part of the appeal of Beyonce (to both men and women) is that she is in control of her sexuality and she’s proud of it. Whether or not this translates into her personal life is neither here nor there but what matters more is the presentation, the attitude, and the intention more than what’s actually right there. There was a very brief moment when watching it that I went “huh” over the same thought but then decided that no, I can’t be offended over this. It’s -beyonce-. The woman is virtually flawless and drop dead gorgeous. She’s incredibly talented and has the kind of charisma that seems to be lacking over all in a lot of creatively powerful women. And though it’s good and important to see more women out there that are less sexified, there’s also a need to acknowledge that a woman’s power also comes with her capacity to dress as she pleases. To try and promote censorship, to promote the concept of “modesty” is in and of itself restrictive, controlling, and in many ways sexist.

            Basically, if  you’re proud of yourself and want to flaunt it, go for it. But just because there are people out there who are objectified does not mean that all those who choose to dress provocatively are inherently objectified.

            • Araina23

               Perfectly said.  And Beyonce isn’t some tiny, skinny starlet.  She’s a mother who has always wore this type of look. 

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000849004904 Jack Artagan Mackenna

            A. Because she wants to.

            B. Because she wants to.

            Trashing on a woman’s choices ain’t feminist.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000088447181 Sam Smith

        I was thinking the same thing and I’m anything from being a prude.  Too much sexy time for a family event.  

        • FrayedMachine

          I find it weird that people consider a sport that outright blatantly glorifies violence and aggression a ‘family event’ yet shy away and shun sexuality. This has always been something that’s baffled me about American culture. 

      • Tatiana Luján

        I complain about the uber-sexualization, not because of it being harmful or because of me being feminist, but because it is BORING.
        There are so many ways to dance and dress on a stage, why should they all be uber-sexual? And artists assuming they should be uber-sexual are less creative.

        • greyhoundgirl

          Agreed.

      • Vickiefantastico

        I wholeheartedly agree with you, as a mother of young children and an educator like you. I chose to let my children stay up to watch the show, and I immediately regretted it and turned it off. Is it wrong of me to expect a parent to dress a little more modestly than that? I’m not a prude, but I worry about the messages that are sent to our little girls and boys.

        • http://twitter.com/KathrynTewson Kathryn Tewson

          I dunno, I think saying “Mothers aren’t allowed to dress sexy” is a problematic message, too.  I’m a mother, I’ll dress as I like.

          • http://twitter.com/DarthJaeda Jaeda Laurez

            Yeah…I’m still a person separate from my child. And it’s not as though she’s walking down the street dressed like that (*coughChristinacough*), it was a PERFORMANCE. And my child watched it and LOVED it, as did her mother. 

            • http://twitter.com/KathrynTewson Kathryn Tewson

              Plus, she’s wearing opaque tights , there’s a panel in the front of the garment, she’s basically covered from ankles to decolletage.Is it her armpits people are objecting to? Or the fact that she visibly has a crotch? I don’t remember this level of hue and cry over the Blond Ambition Tour outfits, and that was 23 years ago.

        • FrayedMachine

          What about the message that children get by watching grown adult men bash each other mercilessly? Why is violence socially acceptable but sexuality not?

      • kimzy22

        Thought dancing was energetic, but way too sleazy as well.  Very one-dimensional.  Girl power?  Not really, unless your idea of girl power is putting yourself on display in that way. 

        • FrayedMachine

          Why is it anti-feminist to not rejoice in your sexuality and accept the fact that you are sexual and allow yourself to get power from that?

          • kimzy22

            I think it’s fine to rejoice in your sexuality….great, in fact.  I just wish she (and her chorus of fellow rejoicers) didn’t feel the need to do it quite so blatantly in front of over 100 million people!  She has lots of talent, and in my opinion it’s too bad that she (and far too many other young women, famous or not) feels she won’t be accepted in a venue like that unless she pushes the envelope sexually, whether it be through manner of dress or gyrations or whatever.

            • FrayedMachine

              Why, though? Why is it a big deal how many people and how blatantly she decides to do it? I think it’s saying a lot that you think the reason why she’s doing it is to be accepted. The woman is fierce and has worn more conservative attire. But it’s her show and it’s her moment so why should she not show herself off to the world? 

              I think the root of the question is… why does her sexuality and her pride in her sexuality seem to bother you so much? Why does someone accepting this aspect of themselves and taking pride in it automatically seem to equate a desperate need for attention (which all things considering who we’re talking about, it’s pretty laughable that this is a concept on the table. This woman could bat an eye at a passerby and they will instantly collapse. I think think she feels the -need- to do -anything- but what she wants). 

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UCLO5V2YD36T7QMPKOC7YXPOFU Erica

        Mmm. Maybe because I’m used to it, or because my three are aged six and younger, so a bit young to recognize “sexy’” but I enjoyed it. The kids were awestruck by it, clapped after each song, etc. No profanity, no double entendres. WAY better than any prime time TV shows (the only adults shows we let our six-year-old boy watch are sporting events, house hunters, and Chopped–our 2 year olds watch only kids shows.) They were dancing in nothing racier than bathing suits. Prince and his phallic guitar was way more suggestive to me. IDK. During the game, we were talking to our eldest about brain injuries in football and we ended up telling him about 9-11 for the first time. After that, Bey shaking her stuff is nothing.

      • http://www.snoskred.org/ Snoskred

        So, I’m confused. Please to clarify me.

        Would the dancing have been ok if she was dressed like a sister wife, or no?

        • Sartorial_She

          Well, she would have looked pretty silly slapping her own ass as she did last night had she been dressed as a sister wife.

      • mightbewrong

        I’m confused about all the complaints. I was thinking during the show about how FUN and empowering it would be to look that amazing, get up there wearing something ridiculous, and dance and sing and look sexy as hell. I think it’d be a blast. And I don’t understand how somehow this means I’m not already comfortable in my own skin, or that I’ve bought into some ‘damaging’ social norm.

      • greyhoundgirl

        Wow.  I had no idea the discussion this would incite!  Actually–I think it’s great.  If I explain myself, it’s not to make someone agree with me, but to make sure I’m being clear.  I love all of the back and forth and different opinions here.  

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        I appreciate your concerns about the sexualization. Sometimes it seems to be unavoidable in pop culture. 

        ONe thing I do like about Beyonce is that she has a curvy body and is absolutely fine with it, so that at least is a positive, as opposed to some images.

        • greyhoundgirl

          I sure agree about the body image–and like I wrote–I do really like her myself.  Modern media is very complicated when it comes to gender/sex/etc. messages for younger people.  And I love all the discussion and variety of opinions about this topic!

    • gabbilevy

      Single Ladies + Destiny’s Child made my Super Bowl. 

      I really liked the semi-standard post-Madonna sexy-dom body suit once the outer layer came off… the lace was kind of unexpected and adds an element of pretty to what otherwise would be a totally standard post-Madonna sexy-dom bodysuit.

    • Srw27

      Miss B was the epitome of FIERCE!  Rock on, gurl!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Josefina-Madariaga-Suárez/100002964685796 Josefina Madariaga Suárez

      This is what Ke$ha wishes to see in her mirror when she leaves home for a public apparition.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1013443339 Hannah Prutton

      beybey won the superbowl.

      • http://asskickingadviser.com/ Ass Kicking Adviser

         Yeah she did!

    • http://opinionandamovie.blogspot.com/ Deitra S.

      I wasn’t impressed.  She seemed to have decided to sidestep any post-inauguration brouhaha by deciding to sing as little as possible and opted for a dance revue.  And the appearance of Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams just made me sad for them that they are still apparently at Bey’s beck and call, and not nostalgic.  Beyonce herself was upstaged by her electronically rendered hair, but likely did create one of the most talked about moments by causing a power surge resulting in a 35 minute delay of game.  I guess you can call that showstopping.  

      • Kristi Mitchell

        I completely agree.  It was a great dance show – but not much singing was involved at all, and I thought the D.C. reunion was just awkward.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/57DSN5XCR5VONZ2JUMQ5M6EF54 Sabrina

      I didn’t like the hair-whipping-in-face-of-front row-part.  Stupid. Ouch.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000088447181 Sam Smith

      Considering she sang less than 20 words, the half time show was fun.  The dancing and show aspects were great.  As for costume, I’m so over the leotard stage wear trend.  

      • http://twitter.com/foodycatAlicia foodycatAlicia

         Was it Madonna who made it OK to forget your pants on stage? I blinked at some point in the 90s and all of a sudden stage costumes became much more naked.

        • Sobaika

          I think it was the Cone Bra era.

        • Rand Ortega

          Don’t forget Cher et al in the ’80′s. The video for “If I Could Turn Back Time” really had them clutching their pearls back then.

          • not_Bridget

            Clutching pearls remains a favorite pastime.  Especially favored by those who look very closely so they can see every “shameful” bit!

    • http://twitter.com/jack_attack88 Jackie Stewart

      She is a Queen. I am absolutely in love with her. And I LOVED the all-female band. Not a single man on stage. Girl power at its best.

    • Judy_J

      I didn’t see the show, but I’ve heard comments and seen photos that would lead one to believe that Miss Beyonce’s va-jay-jay was on display.  As I said, I did not see the show, and I know all about photoshop, but still….Did any of y’all see anything that should not be displayed on prime time TV?  Inquiring minds want to know!

      • Sobaika

        None of that.

        • Judy_J

          Thanks.  I’ve gotten to the point where I don’t believe everything I see in photos.  Seems everything is doctored these days!

      • MilaXX

         Nope. I’m an educator, not a parent but I honestly didn’t see anything I would not allow any child old enough to watch the superbowl to see. She was in a stage costume. It was a show. There was singing, dancing and hairography. End of story.

      • CheriCPat

         I did not find her costume offensive at all – in fact, it was nice to see one with so much material, and not just a bikini.  And nothing showed to the TV viewer that shouldn’t have.  I did wonder about all those people with camera phones at the edges of the stage, when she was on her knees and leaning back, and the shots they would have to look at later! 

        It really wasn’t the costume, which while sexy was not sexual.  It was the dance moves, which are unfortunately common and copied even in kindergarteners, that are basically variations on a wide-legged stance with frantic hip thrusting that I find offensive.  When did simulated-sex-on-stage replace actual dancing?  And why do we think it’s cute when our children copy it?

        • minnye

          Totally agree.

        • not_Bridget

          Do your children get other opportunities to dance?  Ballet training is certainly not for everybody. Back in the dark ages, our music teacher led us in square dances & other folky stuff every Friday. (The Southern Baptist kids sat it out.)  Even today, grownups take the kids out to polka–in a family setting.  

          Kids want to move & to dance. If you don’t like the dances they are doing, expand their horizons!  Don’t just sit on your cushy couch, badmouthing those who dance…

      • not_Bridget

        No. 

    • Lilithcat

      I wouldn’t know.  I watched the half-time of the Puppy Bowl.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ginny-Ellsworth/534496198 Ginny Ellsworth

        Darn, I missed the Puppy Bowl! Sherlock was on my PBS station. 

        There was a game on last night?

      • girliecue

        The Puppy Bowl is the only must-see bowl game as far as I’m concerned.

    • Funkykatt

      I am always impressed how these singers can get up and down with those heels without tumbling. I have plantar fasciitis right now and that makes my wonderment more curious. Of course, I am 5’11″ and wasn’t trained through my growing years in high heels.

      • kimmeister

        I’ve had plantar fasciitis for years, and flats actually bother my feet more than heels!  But getting (pricey) orthotics has really helped.

        • Funkykatt

          Yeah, I have to get those…of course I have to pay for braces for my daughter this month too so I will have to get the $70.00 ones from the Good Feet store. I know the others can be $250.00. I just want to run again. 

          • kimmeister

            I actually got a package of 3 from the Good Feet store last year.  I ended up losing one of the super expensive ones, and since I leave the medium pair in my exercise shoes, I’ve been using the lightest pair in my regular footwear.  They do the job just as well as the super expensive ones!

            • Funkykatt

              How much did you pay for them if I can ask. My darn foot is killing me today. I don’t think that $100.00 boot is doing much but I also don’t want to wear a cast.

            • kimmeister

              The set of 3 cost something ridiculous, like almost $500.  The lightest ones by themselves are maybe $80?

            • Sara LaBatt

              If you don’t do this already, may I suggest icing your arch by rolling a cold can of soda under your foot?  Also a golf ball makes an excellent foot roller.  I have suffered through it and it’s awful, I sympathize!

      • formerlyAnon

         My “wow” moment for a performer in heels on stage was quite a few years ago, now. Prince, wearing his then-signature stiletto-heeled boots, jumped from stage level to the top of an amplifier that had to be close to four feet high. (Or at least, that’s how I remember it.) Dancing, skipping, writhing and dry-humping are all impressive enough in four or five inch heels. But that leap, which he made more than once during the show, really was something.

        • filmcricket

          Prince, for all his faults, is in really impeccable shape. Seeing him live is a revelation – the man does not stop moving. I wouldn’t care to guess how many songs are actually sung live when he’s bouncing around like that, but he puts on a hell of a show.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            I still remember his “Little Red Corvette” video! Damn

        • turtleemily

           Mine is Tim Curry running down a ramp in Rocky Horror.

          • formerlyAnon

             Tim Curry has done so much work, in so many different roles – it’s amazing how when I see/hear his name my mind goes directly to Rocky Horror. I wonder if he ever imagined the way he’d own that role forever, for so many people.

        • Funkykatt

          But Prince is only five foot two I think so his center of gravity is much better than most!

      • gabbilevy

        Plenty of cushioning on the inside, *tons* of grip on the heel and the sole.

      • A. W.

        Fellow 5’11″ amazon here! I didn’t start wearing heels until much later in life. I figure, we’re tall enough that most mere mortals are shocked already. Why not kick it up to 6’2″ or more?

    • mjude

      the show was ok, more dancing which to me doesnt always translate.

    • Vera L-

      My kid, who actually likes Bey, couldn’t wait for her to get off the stage. BOOOR-ing! Was her critique and the grown ups agreed. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002396153672 Ann Martina

      My first thought was “of course.”  And then,  I’m not a prude, but a lot of kids watch the Super Bowl and I’m tired of the sexualization and pelvic thrusts and booty slapping.  It can still be an awesome, entertaining show without any of that; it just feels lazy.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/DAQBA4ARCT6OWBBVZEZM5TCFJA Jon

      I wish she would have sung the words to her songs, instead of just “Uh! Uh! Uh! Yeah! Whoo!” while the backup singers/backing track worked up a sweat. She looked good dance-walking back and forth across the stage though.

      • Emily Rose

        If she had sung the whole thing live, she wouldn’t have been able to do all the dancing that people expected, especially ‘Single Ladies’. People would have been pissed if she didn’t do the dance full out. 

      • turtleemily

        She seemed to count a lot, too.

    • bookish

      I didn’t realize those weren’t thigh-high boots until seeing these photos. There wasn’t a lot of singing going on, but I thought it was fun to watch. She sure makes some crazy faces while performing.

      • ALT19

        Yes, the faces! At the end of each song the camera zoomed in on her face and she would make some crazy pseudo-seductive face. It was hilarious.

      • kimmeister

        I thought they were thigh high boots too, until I saw the last picture and TLo’s commentary.  The knee highs are just ridiculous.  These ones have a geriatric feel, and yet they’re layered over fishnets?  *record scratch*

    • Kristi Mitchell

      Not overly impressed.  It was visually entertaining – but B really didn’t do that much SINGING – which – isn’t that what the super bowl half time is about, it’s supposed to be a concert, isn’t it?  And the singing she did do – you couldn’t “hear” much of it.  I was annoyed she had lip synced at the inaug. but I would have completely understood doing it here; it’s extremely difficult to sing and perform a dance routine at the same time.  

      • Sobaika

        She didn’t sing a whole lot, but the final song was all live and (to my untrained ear) spectacular sounding. I think it was Halo? Something slow.

        Anyway, I think she sang it all live because people would have been coming at her with pitchforks if she’d done it again after the inauguration.

    • http://twitter.com/Lantie_NYC Lantie

      She was great! 

    • Allyson Wells

      I enjoyed it. I would liked to have seen more from Destiny’s Child, and I kept hoping Jay Z was going to come out and sing with her. THAT would have been awesome. In my opinion, the best halftime performances include multiple groups/singers (all time favorite was 2001′s performance by Aerosmith, NSync, Britney, Mary J Blidge & Nelly) so I would have preferred a little more variety in this one.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Emily-Smith/12431153 Emily Smith

      I was highly entertained.

    • http://twitter.com/DarrenNesbitt Darren Nesbitt

      all the ladies at our party Screamed when Kelly Rowland popped up from the floor. She looked amazing. “Why can’t [we} give [Kelly] the respect that [she's] entitled to?!?” 

      • Sobaika

        I honestly think she looked better than Bey.

        • http://twitter.com/DarthJaeda Jaeda Laurez

          And then there was Michelle. I was just glad she didn’t fall lol. 

          • MilaXX

             Oh but Keysha Cole tried to come for Michelle & her stans read her for filth!

            • SassieCassy

              keysha is so irrelevant.

            • MilaXX

               yet another reason she should have thought twice about that tweet

            • http://twitter.com/DarthJaeda Jaeda Laurez

              but the gag is that Beyonce’s stans can’t stand Michelle anyway, but because Beyonce likes Michelle, they defended her, even though quite a FEW of those same people on my TL were saying the exact same thing not 5 minutes before.

            • MilaXX

               you speak the truth, but Keyshia shoulda stayed in her lane. Like it or not she was sitting home and Michelle gets to add  “performed at the superbowl” to her resume.

      • MilaXX

         YES! I was like, “when Kelly go get them thick thighs?” Girlfriend looked good!

    • http://twitter.com/JackieDiOrio Jacqueline DiOrio

      Hate the first outfit. Looks cheap and haphazardly thrown together. The second outfit is just meh. Could have gone WAY fiercer, Sasha.

    • http://twitter.com/commish24 commish24

      I still don’t understand why prancing around in s&m leather fantasy lingerie is considered to be a feminist statement.

      • SassieCassy

        i still dont understand how lena dunham getting naked for the camera and eating cupcakes in her tub along with her gang of upper class white women rolling around in brooklyn is considered a feminist satement. 

        but that is the point. feminism for me is the belief that a woman can and should do what she pleases as long as it is of her own volition and can not be slut-shamed or disparaged for it.

        • http://profile.yahoo.com/SRQQHTRKGRQUWQE2J5GII5V3OM bella

          i want to take this comment and put it on a tshirt

      • alyce1213

        It’s not.  Sadly, all it is is make-believe female “empowerment” via male sexy leather fantasy.  

      • DTLAFamilies

        It reminds me of this Onion article: Women now empowered by everything a woman does

      • http://twitter.com/DarthJaeda Jaeda Laurez

        Because if it’s your choice and it makes you happy, the freedom to make that choice is the whole point of feminism. 

      • DTLAFamilies

        It reminds me of the Onion article “Women Now Empoweredlike  by Everything a Woman Does.” I’d link to it but my links always disappear into the mod hole. A sample:Whereas early feminists campaigned tirelessly for improved health care and safe, legal access to abortion, often against a backdrop of public indifference or hostility, today’s feminist asserts control over her biological destiny by wearing a baby-doll T-shirt with the word “Hoochie” spelled in glitter.“Don’t tell this bitch what to do,” said Kari Eastley, 24, a participant in the Oberlin study and, according to one of her T-shirts, a “Slut Goddess.” “I wear what I want when I want, and no man is going to tell me otherwise. We’re talking Pussy Power, baby.”

        • Sartorial_She

          God I love the Onion.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000905542323 Rhonda Shore

      I thought the half-time show was dull.  It was a show that she could have given anywhere, it didn’t seem like enough of a spectacle to match the superbowl, especially compared to last year’s with the big M.

    • http://phantomminuet.blogspot.com/ MinAgain

      I was kinda bored by the show, but I’m not really a Beyonce fan, in the first place.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BY3KYG6VBWOARL52M5HASFM5AY inked613r

      bey who? i was too busy rewinding/rewatching that calvin klein commercial several dozen times LOL

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        The Calvin Klein commercial was eminently rewindable.  Flex those abs, sweetie…now, in slo-mo!

    • http://www.snoskred.org/ Snoskred

      HATE the shoes. So not Beyonce. I love those fancy gold t-bar things she normally wears.

      But J’adore her overall.

    • Rand Ortega

      Not a fan of Bey, but that jam was FONK. KAY! Finally saw why she gets the big benjys. Thrilled more of my BK’s & PUF’s noticed the muted mics for Kelly & Michelle. My SB party caught that right away.

    • minnye

      Eh… bleh.

    • schadenfreudelicious

      no real issues with her but i think i have reached Beyonce saturation point, can she go on sebbatical for a bit?…let Kelly Rowland shine for awhile perhaps…

      • kimmeister

        I reached that saturation point a few years ago myself.  I think the straw that broke the camel’s back was when they had her perform ALL of the Oscar nominated songs for the Oscars a few years ago.

      • MilaXX

         Sadly this was the intro to the Mrs. Carter world tour.

        • Sobaika

          And I heard she has an album coming out this year? I like her but she’s taken Anne Hathaway’s level of overexposure and multiplied it tenfold. Take a nap, B. You’ve earned it.

          • MilaXX

            I have long reached my Bey saturation point. However when barely missed a beat after having Blue Ivy I became resigned to the fact that she has no plans to stopping for fear of becoming irrelevant.

    • MilaXX

      I’m not a Bey fan and even I have to admit she shut it down. I have to say I was surprised at how curvacious Kelly has become as well. That’s the kind of energy you want from a half time show.

    • http://aldonsusi.blogspot.com/ Susi R

      I liked it, it much better than last year’s. The only issue was the sound was off- like you couldn’t been hear Kelly singing. You always want bigger and better, but it was still spectacular!

    • xmixiex

      LOVE the costumes.  love love love.  I was a bit uncomfortable with her treatment of the other 2 ladies as her underlings/minions. but whatevs.

    • SassieCassy

      kelly looked so good!!!!! when she popped out i did a yelp.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jessica-TallGirl-Freeman/1043623567 Jessica TallGirl Freeman

        Um, me too. Everyone looked at me in horror.  

    • belfebe

      I think it was a great show.  The sound was awful, which is probably why she didn’t sound as good as she could have.  Then again, they were having technical difficulties all night.  Can you say Superbowl blackout?  The other alternative is lip syncing, which would have resulted in an outcry.  Damn if you do it, damn if you don’t.  But as far as I’m concerned, it was entertaining, over the top, and very well done.

    • http://twitter.com/Alyssa_T_Robot Alyssa T. Robot

      it was awesome – totally didn’t feel like i was watching a live show because every shot was so perfectly timed and she was just dynamite!

    • http://asskickingadviser.com/ Ass Kicking Adviser

      She nailed it.  High energy thy name is Beyonce. A terrific, tight, flashy show. Loved that she had her Destiny’s Child gals with her (even if their mikes were suspiciously low). Loved the costumes. The dancing was amazing, she sounded amazing and she was having so much fun, you couldn’t help but have fun watching her.  She had all of us up and dancing.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=602493177 Lily Pad

      okay…kids should not watch superbowl if you are gonna complain about sex. also, it is so so so super violent. just because girl is dancing and showing skin does not make it puerile.  Dance is about skin and sex. how can it not be? saying otherwise is delusional. 

      • warontara

        Exactly!!! And the commercials alone are so over-sexualized…but I guess that’s not a problem. Hmmm I wonder why (I really don’t).

    • http://twitter.com/1carmelita 1carmelita

      The guitar with the fireworks/explosions shooting out of it was pretty cool—all the stage electronics were pretty amazing. Must be quite a job putting something like that together. I’m no big fan of Beyonce’s music, but I thought her show was totally entertaining. I’m glad they had someone who is currently popular instead of some of the “comeback” type artists they usually feature.

    • http://twitter.com/AShinyOConnor A Shiny O’Connor

      It was crap. 

    • lehen

      I don’t think the Superdome was ready for this jelly, as evidenced by the power outage shortly after Bey’s show.

    • Tamara Hogan

      The sound was not the best, and I wish there had been more singing and less prancing/posing.

      Ms. Kelly Rowland out-fierced Sasha Fierce. AWESOME.

      • dress_up_doll

        Didn’t she? Ms. Kelly looked fabulous in that little leather getup and was awesome.

    • Kenisha Hill Phillips

      I think that performance was fine for the MTV awards, but not so much for the halftime show. I think the ratio of dancing to singing was off.

      DESTINY’S CHILD!!!!!

    • Janet B

      Beyonce looked okay, I liked Kelly’s outfit better.

      Large group at my house, all ages, but apparently not the ‘right ages’; comments ranged from “boring” to “she doesn’t know how to strip very well”. Mostly agreed we didn’t care for all of the dancing and wondered if anyone can sing with out it, unlikely, and certainly not at the Super Bowl.

    • shirab

      I thought it was weird/interesting/yet boring that the same three ladies performed here and at the inaugural festivies (Jennifer H, Alicia K and Beyonce, no Kelly Clarkson though).

    • http://twitter.com/OrganicPProject Jen Roberts

      I think she is bland. I guess I’m missing something. Thought the singing was really low, and the dancing a little off (especially the hair whipping). 

    • Kate4queen

      More singing less dancing but she was good, not as good as Madonna was last year though. :)

    • allaboutthewalterbenjamins

      I blame the future ex-wife of Kanye West.

    • SapphoPoet

      Meh. I thought the whole thing was overblown. And a distinct lack of singing, no?

    • TSkot

      Miss B showed Madge how it’s done.

      • SassieCassy

        the show from last year was so bad and desperate i cannot.

    • libraangel

      Great performance, but just a few songs, and just under ten minutes, Wonder how much she got paid for such little time?!

    • warontara

      I really liked it! It was fun, there was lots of energy, and I don’t think I could ask for more in a Super Bowl halftime. Kelly looked GREAT!

    • l_c_ann

      I heard from a number of football fans that they chose to enjoy the half time with the sound completely off.

    • dharmabum8

      Lots of hair whipping and booty popping and hollgramming, which was like Beyonce overload. Best part was the mini Destiny Child reunion and marveling at their hair extensions. No denying she has stage presence of course, but preferred Madge.

    • peacockprincess

      I unfortunately watched it.  I assume her idea of singing live is singing a couple of lines, yelling at the crowd and then having the piped in music do the rest.  Oh, and she danced.  Dreadful from start to finish.

    • http://twitter.com/dollsaga Dollsaga

      the body suit would look great on my Model Muse Barbie Dolls, it would look all right on the Young Cher, too. but  it didnt really do Mis  Bey’s thick thighs any good, besides, you all complained about “uber-sexualization”

    • http://4ofwands.wordpress.com/ Aj

      Hubby and I (both of us used to be musicians) thought it was poorly done.  Hubby who likes her music was very disappointed.  To me it look like more of a dance and sing than a sing and dance.

    • GorgeousThings

      Her show certainly beat out Madonna’s arthritic performance last year. And it definitely was better than the Black Eyed Peas two years ago.

      • DTLAFamilies

        To be fair, Madonna had a bad hamstring injury. I think the concept was great but she wasn’t able to execute it well. I rewatched it last night and it’s obvious she’s in extreme pain. I felt sorry for her. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jessica-TallGirl-Freeman/1043623567 Jessica TallGirl Freeman

      I think knowing what Beyonce is capable of, it was underwhelming. She’s done more exciting things in 3 mintues on the VMA’s than this. …she ended with Halo and hair whipping. Not quite a finale. (and can’t stop thinking of the Glee Hairography episode…excessive whipping….)

    • Miss_Led

      Busby Berkeley meets Earth, Wind & Fire. Miss a dance step and you go up in flames!

    • http://www.facebook.com/jacoryd JaCory Deon

      I thought she was amazing and much better than Madonna last year.  The only thing she was missing was a killer closer (Halo was a bit flat to end on for me).  She’s a great performer and the outfit is pretty good (would’ve given her different knee highs but that’s it)…however, did you SEE Kelly Rowland?  THAT is how you do it…so sexy!

    • OrigamiRose

      I watched the Kitty Halftime Show.  Much more interesting.

    • unbornfawn

      I would have rather seen knee high boots than knee high socks. Otherwise she looked great. Her “dancing” was more hair whipping, stripping, crotch stretches and running around like crazy. Yes, she can move well, but is no great dancer. There is a difference. The singing was OK, but forgetableTechnically the half-time show was  amazing, even looking like I was seeing a filmed version, not a live one. My overall reaction, was Eh. Of course, If I was a Beyonce fan or a heterosexual male, I’m pretty sure I would have loved it.

      • mhleta

        I thought they were boots until I saw these photos. I liked them better when I thought they were knee-high boots, too.

    • AlexisPayne

      Madonna did it better. Bey’s voice seemed forced and weak, show felt a little haphazard to me.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/2LIE6ISFQUBIAO7OB6U5TAVXXQ Depot'er

      awful- looks like a trash bag left in front of a space heater for too long, then tossed in a freezer…bleh.

    • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

      girlfriend has a phd in hairflipping.  she could shut you down in a hurry. 

    • blondie707

      I like Beyonce and her music, but I found her performance underwhelming. It seemed like she barely sang at all and when she did sing, you could barely hear her (though that part is probably not her fault). The Destiny’s Child reunion also disappointed. Her set at Glastonbury a few years ago was amazing, which shows she can pull off singing live in front of a huge audience, so I don’t know what happened.

      • Sobaika

        Was that when she covered Sex Is On Fire? That was one helluva show.

    • lrhg

      Pubic. Lace. 

      • Lilak

        And no room for error AT ALL, esp. considering her choreography.  (I don’t want to think about how all that stayed in place!)

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          Some mysteries should certainly remain so, and this is one of those cases.

    • mhleta

      From a technical aspect, the show was pretty cool. The aerial shots were impressive and they did some interesting things with image feedback, etc. As for her performance, she comes off as both fierce and likable, which is pretty hard to pull off. She looks like she’s having fun and is aware that her stage persona is kinda silly. I really appreciate the Girl Power vibe to her show as well. Having said that, I know some parents of young children thought she was skirting auto-erotica line a bit too close for comfort. I thought the hair whipping was beneath her and obviously used as a decoy to mask the places where she was lip syncing. My biggest objection to the choice of Beyonce for the half time show, however, was that the venue was located in one of the most musically rich places in the US, possibly the world. Take your pick: Dr. John, Buckwheat Zydeco, Neville Brothers, Harry Conick, Jr., Better than Ezra, Beausoleil (hell, even Lil Wayne and Britney Spears are from Louisiana, if you want to plum those depths.)  Why not have a Superbowl tradition of tapping into the local talent? When in Rome, right?

      • momogus

        Exactly what you said.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        Some great musicians, and that could have been marvelous entertainment, but I’m not sure the nitwits at CBS Sports would know how to promote them.  Defaulting to a high-profile pop performer who has a commercial relationship with one of the big sponsors (Pepsi) is what they know.

    • Trisha26

      Ditto on the knee-highs – a strange twee element in what was otherwise a tastefully sexy outfit. (Any other pop star would have nixed that cleavage modesty panel for sure.) As for the show I could have used more actual singing (and more Destiny’s Child), less gyrating, and less “all Bey all the time.” I mean – there were silhouettes, video duplicates, hologram-like copies – too much. 

    • cornpicker73

      Good show, she was great. Didn’t love the costume but whatevs. She rocked it.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=661256074 Mars Tokyo

      Beyonce sucks! she looked ridiculous.

    • doowop1952

      Please, someone explain to me how those knee high’s didn’t move one inch up OR down while she was prancing around the stage all that time – she is stunning in my opinion, but i was fixated on those socks not moving – are they crazy glued to her skin maybe?

      • http://twitter.com/Feliopolis Felicity Brown

        Actually they did move a little. When she started they were above her knees, but they slid down by end of show.

    • Mariah J

      There was a live show? Couldn’t hear it over the sound of her previously recorded vocals. Hmm.

    • gubblebumm

      She has an amazing body, voice, face, hair, but she sings one song….

    • afabulous50

      She did good – but she’s no Madonna…

    • DTLAFamilies

      Oh wow, I managed to post a link! W00t!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001998855370 Fatima Siddique

      Totally predictable. And the hair-whipping was excessive to the point of being cartoonish. Sorry, Bey. 

    • Dani

      The halftime show was odd – from the faces Beyonce made (her eye makeup made her eyes look bat-shit crazy) to the mics being almost inaudible for Kelly and Michelle. There was too much dancing, not enough singing for my taste. 

    • http://twitter.com/miss_lydia Lydia

      I’m going to date myself here, but that outfit looked too much like Apollonia 6.

    • http://twitter.com/nkk Nikki

      TOO. MUCH. CROTCH. I am not the only one who got a good look at her wax job- everyone had there mouths open after the excessive crotch shots- maybe it was the camera work, but jeepers!

      and the eat my hair bit? ooomph…

    • mrspeel2

      I thought she did an amazing job and she didn’t even break a sweat.  You GO Girl!

    • veronkimo

      Perfection! BaddieBey killed it last night! 

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_F73LIJ3SJGI5AJQMXMWXCKILHI Pamela

      If only the spaceship had landed and taken her away….  Does anyone else need a bey-rake from this woman?  Irrational annoyance…

    • patticake1601

      Loved it!! and I have never been a fan of Beyonce but it was awesome.This Marylander has no voice today from yelling so much….fantastic day!  Sorry, but I am going against most of you on this one. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=790818401 Laurie Landry

      I thought that Beyonce nailed it.  My 4 year old niece said “She’s pretty!” as soon as the spotlight shone on Ms. Fierce.

    • snarkykitten

      I think it’s ugly as sin, but then again, I’m not the target audience ;)

    • turtleemily

      I don’t think anyone ever should wear black lace near their pelvis.

    • http://profiles.google.com/scaponigro Sarah Caponigro

      I liked everything except her hair and makeup. It looked strange to me.

    • Annette Gendler

      I don’t think she has anything on Madonna. Be a little more original please!

    • shnaggi

      Lacy Lap Lap and Granny Knee Hi socks ….Oh Bey is it all about being comfortable now?

    • bd73

      knee-hi’s were a weather concession?

    • e jerry powell

      I was expecting darker fishnets based on the sketch.

    • Qdahling

      I was a lucky girl, I’m a football AND Beyonce fan! Thought her performance was flawless and she looked FIERCE! I never show my bare legs, I always have hose or tights on so I was happy to see that her amazing legs were wearing at least one pair. I loved her outfit too, including the knee socks with booties!

    • berkeleygirl

      When she was whipping her blonde extensions into the crowd, I was waiting (in vain) for someone to grab them. 

    • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

      i loved it all!  the costumes, choreography and special effects all got me excited!  i loved the heavy black lace around the hips and butt.  not cheap polyester lace, heavy couture looking lace. and the corset fit just right, with that stretch panel between the boobs to allow maximum movement while keeping everything tucked in.  you can get away with a lot of illusions in stagewear for a stadium crowd.  also the grannie socks gave the illusion of knee high boots at a distance while allowing comfort and freedom of movement, unlike actual knee high boots.  this old lady was excited!!!

    • SHAHRAM REJVANI

      the same tired, cliche beyonce crotch and weave show………next

    • http://www.facebook.com/suzie.vazquez Suzie Vazquez

      Thought it was amazing! I am generally not a huge fan of hers. But she danced, she sang, she worked the crowd as hard as she could. Wasn’t that the point? Don’t know why I saw so many grouchy grumps about it today. She’s an entertainer, she impressed me with her ability to do just that. 

    • Sally Brownson

      I thought it was really fun. She went through a lot of her older hits, and I loved that there didn’t appear to be a single man on stage- all her back up dancers were women, her band was all women- it was kind of like the men can have the rest of the game, they don’t need to participate in the halftime show.

    • Rachel Council

      LOVED IT! New choreography for old favorites.

      Did anybody else catch the lowered mics for Kelly and Michelle? Hahaaaaa!

    • akprincess72

      I watched the NCIS marathon instead.  (Gibbs, et al > football, Beyonce) ANY day…

    • http://twitter.com/Alloyjane Alloy Jane

      Here’s the thing that bothers me about Beyonce.  If I felt that she “owned” who she was and her sexuality, it wouldn’t bother me.  But that’s not what I get at all.  To me, she is pandering her sexuality for approval.  She needs to shake her shit and get people riled up to feel better about herself.  That is not being empowered or owning who you are.  Maybe you don’t get that from her, but I’ve been forced to listen to too many of her boring, whiny songs to find her to be terribly progressive.

      Although I do like that she tours with an all-female band.  And I don’t get the big deal about being “Mrs. Carter” is.  Either way, her hair is horrible.  Horrible horrible horrible.  I really hate it.

    • kikisayshi

      I was very surprised to see such mixed reactions to her performance. I thought she killed it! Who would expect any less?