breasts and bombs
By Reza Mazaheri
February 4, 2004
Since Sunday evening, there has been
much pandemonium over Janet Jackson's right breast. I have
seen more slow-motion replays of the entertainer's bosom
baring moment than footage from the game itself.
In a letter to
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Michael
Powell, the Family Research Council expressed the "conservative"
organization's "grave concern about the halftime show on CBS during
the Super Bowl
in which a performer bared her breast and other performers grabbed
their private parts and some seemed to be performing sado-masochistic
The young Powell, who happens to be the son of the
Secretary of State, has vowed to investigate this "indecent"
act which brought shock and awe to decent god-fearing families
Apparently, Powell himself was watching the game
with his two young children, who of course have never been exposed
to such filth. Maybe Mr. Powell's children were blind-folded
while being breast-fed by their mother so the unclean image
of the mammary glands would not plant some kind of evil sexual
in their feeble innocent juvenile minds.
It is of course ironic
that Americans should find "indecency" in a bare breast while
watching one of the most violent athletic
in the world. I wonder if Mr. Powell is aware that each year,
on the day of this event, the number of domestic violence
across the country.
The Super Bowl is known in America as a holiday
for "men." Combine the violent nature of the game with
machismo and a couple of cases of beer and it becomes clear
why so many women across the land do not look forward
to this celebration
The word "indecent," like many other words, has
taken on a new meaning under American Newspeak.
VIOLENCE is not
"indecent." On the first day of Spring in 2002, people
around the country
sat in front of their television sets and watched the
and awe" bombing campaign on Baghdad live on CNN. There
were no complaints about "indecency" and "immorality,"
what people were witnessing was not an act of VIOLENCE,
but a moral "pre-emptive" strike
upon an enemy state, designed to LIBERATE its people
and bring FREEDOM and LIBERTY to the oppressed.
LIES are not "indecent." Politicians pollute the
television airwaves with fabricated stories about WMDs and other
fictional nonsense designed to justify their own
avarice and lust
for power. But of course, they are not lying to us,
given bad intelligence data.
Ken Lays of the world
steal billions and send their agents on television to concoct
to bamboozle old couples who've lost their retirement
and security. But Ken Lay and his like don't steal.
just victims of unethical "accounting practices"
by consulting firms.
Mr. Powell himself recently tried
to get rid of a few remaining restraints on media consolidation
been in place for more than five decades. Talk
Turn on the TV or check out a few box office
hits and you'll see that the most common feature in
is violence. Put some guns in a movie, throw
in a few explosions, and combine
them with a tough guy or two and you have a
The U.S. army created and distributed,
free of charge,
a computer game
known as "Army Ops," known for being extremely
violent and realistic. Apparently, this so
was designed as a marketing tool to encourage
and women to join the military in its fight
one cried "indecency," for government sanctioned
violence is PATRIOTIC, never indecent nor
Lies and violence are often painted over
in the colors of the flag and made more
person who doesn't
have the time nor the interest to ask questions.
This is not only
done in the U.S., although I may add that
skill has been
crafted to perfection here. In Iran for
example, everything beautiful, such as music, laughter,
color or the exposed
hair of a woman
certified to be "indecent," while public
hangings, flogging, torture and solitary
are measures taken to protect "national
security" and decency.
I did not watch the Super Bowl this year.
But I must admit that as soon as I heard
turned on the television in the hope
of catching a glimpse of it on some news program.
to find an
on TV, so I turned to the Internet and
was finally able to see
I can't see what was so
the whole thing. As a matter of fact,
I found it to be quite decent. There are
image of a bare breast or many bare breasts
is not one of them.
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