New York - In the sensitive post-wardrobe-malfunction world, some are questioning whether a guitar was just a guitar during Prince's Super Bowl halftime show.Mainly people with eyes.
Prince's acclaimed performance included a guitar solo during the "Purple Rain" segment of his medley in which his shadow was projected onto a large, flowing beige sheet. As the 48-year- old rock star let rip, the silhouette cast by his figure and his guitar (shaped like the singer's symbol) had phallic connotations for some.
Yeah, a guitar shaped like a penis.
A number of bloggers have decried "Malfunction!" [decried?--ed] - including Sam Anderson at New York magazine's Daily Intelligencer. Daily News television critic David Bianculli called it "a rude-looking shadow show" that "looked embarrassingly rude, crude and unfortunately placed."
CBS spokesman Dana McClintock said Tuesday that the network has received "very few" complaints about Prince's performance. CBS last aired the Super Bowl in 2004 when Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake's "wardrobe malfunction" sparked criticism and a subsequent crackdown on broadcast decency from the Federal Communications Commission.
But this time, it was the NFL that produced the halftime show (MTV did in 2004). Spokesman Greg Aiello said the league has received no complaints.
"We respect other opinions, but it takes quite a leap of the imagination to make a controversy of his performance," Aiello said. "It's a guitar."
Update: In shockingly unrelated news, "Hermaphrodite pleads not guilty in scheme." The hermaphrodite in question this time? The lovely Storme Shannon Aerison.