And the other "stars" were no better. There was Nelly grabbing his crotch -- a move made famous in pop music by Janet's infamous brother Michael, who now faces charges for alleged child molestation. And Kid Rock, who wore an American flag as a poncho while he passed on his best wishes to the "hookers all trickin' out in Hollywood." All of this is pretty standard fare for cable's MTV, which produced the offensive show, but it pushes the envelope yet further when it comes to family entertainment over the public airwaves.
Hollywood seems intent on pushing its corrupt values into American homes, whether we like it or not. Nudity, profane and vulgar language, promiscuous sex and obscene violence are Hollywood staples -- there is hardly a movie made today that doesn't include all or many of these elements, and television fare isn't much better. A whole generation of young people has been raised on a steady diet of this foul stuff, and we will all pay the consequences.
Maybe Howard Dean doesn't think our country is any the worse for it, but there are plenty of Americans who are fed up. Heads should roll at CBS and MTV, both owned by media giant Viacom, for foisting this crude act on us. And the NFL should decide whether it is promoting the game of football or soft-core porn with its Super Bowl half-time "entertainment." Apologies just don't cut it.
Linda Chavez is chairman of the Center for Equal Opportunity and author of Betrayal: How Union Bosses Shake Down Their Members and Corrupt American Politics .
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