As the Link above recounts, some folks evidently found Prince’s rain-drenched halftime show at the Superbowl this weekend “offensive” because of the phallic appearance of a shadow cast by the diminutive rocker’s symbol-shaped guitar on a large sheet of cloth.
One has to ask what rock these concerned individuals were living under to be surprised that a ROCK STAR’s GUITAR is a PHALLIC SYMBOL!!??
Every rock musician worth his salt carries his guit-fiddle at hip level and whales at it while bucking suggestively. Pete Townsend took the string-stroke to new levels decades ago. So-called “heavy metal” bands adopt costumery and make-up worthy of a Havanna S&M show. The instruments of Rock&Roll are props, and the music is about sex … always has been.
Of course it’s a phallus. It’s never been anything else since Elvis started his spasmodic routine.
And what did they think they were getting with Prince? This is the guy who wear’s butt-less pants. This is the guy who humps the stage, and the stage hands, as a part of his regular show. It’s his schtick, man.
So one has to be surprised at the surprise. In a moderately restrained show (perhaps because of the drenching downpour), Prince did an admirable job, and at the very least wasn’t lip-synching the performance.
In a completely heterosexual, non-phallic kind of way.