Our leaders have touted that as an aspiration for years, generally to much mirth and eye-rolling from the citizenry — and for good reason: We know ourselves too well to take the pomposity of a such a statement too seriously. We know we’re a long way from being perfect. Read more »
Singers Katy Perry, left and Missy Elliott perform during halftime of NFL Super Bowl XLIX between the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz.
My ears perked up as soon as I heard the opening notes to “Get Your Freak On” on Sunday night. It couldn’t be — could it?
But then, one by one, the Super Bowl party girlfriend couch snapped to attention. Then my phone blew up with increasingly excited emojis (perhaps there were no words, perhaps we’re all borderline illiterate at this point). This was happening — Missy Elliott was joining Katy Perry for the halftime show.
It’s not that Katy wasn’t great. She was beyond great, from her animatronic tiger entrance to her frighteningly catchy — possibly illegally so — medley of hits. I’m in the minority here, but I find her dancing to be fairly adorable.
You know who you are: You hate football for the entire season, but for one cold Sunday evening a year, you plop yourself in front of the television and pretend to watch two teams that you know nothing about run up and down a field for three hours. In truth, you have no clue how to even play football and you’re really only watching the Super Bowl for the commercials, halftime show (which was awesome!)—and to see what Johnny Weir wore during the pre-game segment. The Internet feels for you, as evident from this collection of sparkling memes:
The hills are alive with the sound of who gives a crap.
If that last pie chart was too confusing for you, here's this one.
Forgive the grammatical error here...
As a vegetarian, this completely grosses me out.
Idina was the queen of the evening.
And speaking of Idina, how you doin', John Travolta?
Oh, that team...
A very interesting and staggering statistic.
This was an actual ad for a sewage company on Twitter.
No, she isn't.
What you don't know is that the North Korean gymnastics team was also up to perform at this year's Super Bowl, but were rejected.
And don't f*ck it up!
Can we just admit that Missy Elliot was the star of the Super Bowl this year?
I first noticed this last year, when I was invited to attend her concert in Philadelphia. Of course I said yes. I’m a fan of pop music, and though I’d never gone out of my way to listen to a Katy Perry song that did not feature Kanye West—I’ve done “E.T.” at karaoke—I figured I’d know a few songs and enjoy the spectacle even though the show was, I guess, aimed at children.
I did enjoy it. But what was weird is I literally knew every single song Perry played. I had no idea how much Perry had taken over the pop landscape. I didn’t realize her songs were that catchy. She was more of a star than I expected.
So Perry performing at the Super Bowl halftime show made sense. But, still, she can’t dance. What I noticed at the Wells Fargo Center this summer was that Perry solves this problem by involving copious amounts of props in her shows. So many props. And because she’s now been on the landscape for many years—her breakout hit, “I Kissed a Girl,” was released in 2008—she’s gotten quite good at knowing what props to use.
If your favorite part of the Super Bowl — maybe even the only reason you watch the Super Bowl — is the halftime show, then you will certainly appreciate this workout playlist. This week, we’ve brought you tunes from just about all of the Super Bowl halftime performers of the past 15 years. We’ve got everyone from Aerosmith to the Black Eyed Peas to this year’s Katy Perry —and of course, Janet Jackson. Listen, sweat, and try not to freak out too much when you realize that Janet Jackson’s infamous wardrobe malfunction occurred over a decade ago.
In the spirit of Super Bowl season, videographers across the nation are producing ads in the hopes that their videos find a spot on your search feed Monday when you’re goggling “Super Bowl ads.”
The particular helmers responsible for the above “SHOCKING Super Bowl COMMERCIAL 2015 (GAY KISS)” have gone all out with the taglines: “Super Bowl Commercial “Queer Beer.” TOM BRADY GAY?” And we don’t mind it one bit.
Check out the video, which is a fake ad for Queer Beer that features gay YouTuber Davey Wavey, above for lots of guy-on-guy action in the Super Bowl locker room.
If you’re like me, your favorite part of the Super Bowl is the halftime show. This year, pop princess Katy Perry will hit the field with what’s sure to be a cupcake breast- and fireworks-filled extravaganza. She’s revealed that Lenny Kravitz will join her, and that there are a few more super-secret guest stars.
The halftime shows have been pretty solid over the past several years, with Destiny’s Child, Bruno Mars and Janet’s nipple being some of the best in recent memory. I fell into a bit of a wormhole this week catching up on some old performances, when I came across this gem featuring Philly soul queen Patti LaBelle.
The show was produced by Disney, hence all The Lion King/Indiana Jones shenanigans. Bless her heart, there was so much going on on stage that screaming and wailing was all she could do to keep the audience’s attention on her. And those outfits?! Things calm down a tiny bit in the end when Tony Bennett comes out to join her on “Can You Feel the Love Tonight.” The show happened exactly 20 years ago this year. Enjoy the flashback above.
• Be warned: If you’re not careful, you could do some serious diet damage during Sunday’s big game. Here’s how many calories you might consume, and a breakdown of the biggest calorie bombs in a typical Super Bowl spread. [TIME]
For many Americans, Super Bowl Sunday is a holiday. There are rules and rituals to follow, guacamole quotas to meet and commercials to scrutinize. One ubiquitous feature of the Super Bowl experience is food. What you eat during the game is often as important as the teams themselves. So whether you’re rooting for the Seahawks or the Patriots this Sunday (or cheering for neither because you’re busy bitterly sulking that the Eagles aren’t in playing), we’ve got you covered with deals from around the city to make your day a culinary success no matter how your team does.