'Classless society' shows
its utter lack of class at the 'super bowl'
Every time I begin to feel complacent or
think people are responsible enough to make good decisions, I am shocked
awake by another
heartbreaking example of human shortcomings.
The latest example I have witnessed is
the super bowl (I refuse to give that name respect by capitalizing it).
The super bowl, a true show of
unity and patriotism. We showed the world
what we are all about: football, beer and pornography. What better way
to show terrorist agitators
that we are going to "tackle" them than
to turn a football game into a display of "patriotism"?
During Paul McCartney's performance, while
he sang about fighting for his right to live in freedom, the word "freedom"
flashed on a screen —
which is not so bad, except it was right
next to a large Bud Light sign. What on Earth could be cheesier than that?
A careless mistake, perhaps, but it seems
to say something deeper about our culture and what we value.
The final straw was the presence of the
Playboy Playmates at the super bowl. The pre-game show was filled with
American pride and
patriotism. However, the fact that Playboy
was somehow brought into this whole display of unity somehow cheapens it.
It is funny that a corporation that is
deeply invested in the industry of promoting sexual misconduct was invited
to take part. Is this what it
comes down to — the bottom line? Did getting
high viewer ratings somehow pass up moral and ethical standards? Are people
no longer held
accountable for their actions?
It seems that the corporate-owned media
had little objection to the porn industry being present amid all the fuss
about freedom. Could it be
that big businesses scratch each other's
backs, regardless of what ethics they lack? All of these questions seem
to point to one problem: Our
society values profit above people.
Our society would prefer to go to war,
rather than engage in dialogue to prevent hatred that causes war. We would
rather spend billions of
dollars on "defending" ourselves out of
some blind fear than spend that money on education to teach our children
that they do not have to live
in fear. We would rather stay complacent
and live in a negative kind of "peace" instead of real, creative peace
that is the essence of
We would rather deny that the products
we buy force others into sweatshop labor and near-slavery than take responsibility
for our actions.
And we would rather pay $500 for a football
ticket so that the world's problems can just melt away. At least from our