In the video you can find Madonna dancing with pretend high school kids. She seems to walk all over the football players, while the cheerleaders are making out and laying around what look like vodka bottles. Then to completely throw me off, she pretends to nurse a baby doll, which she throws for a touchdown at the very end. Maybe I just don't get it. Maybe because I have high school kids, I'm a little sensitive and worry about what message the video is sending.
Of course I didn't mind her controversial ways back when I was the young and impressionable one. I loved dancing to the racy music and singing her sexy lyrics at the top of my lungs. I don't know who I'm kidding, I still love singing and dancing to her tunes. But now I feel a little different. Today I think about the messages in our pop music a little more. I hope that the kids listening and mimicking will be mature enough to know that the lyrics are sensationalized, and are just for fun. Madonna and I were pregnant at the same time, and we have daughters at right around the same age. I'm surprised that she wouldn't be feeling a little different, as the mother of a teenaged daughter too.
I'm sure everyone watched Madonna-bowl yesterday. She put on quite a show at half time during the Superbowl. That woman is 54, and can still get her groove on. The music took me right back to my youth. It made me feel happy and bop my 41 year old bod around the room. Perhaps I shouldn't begrudge today's teenagers that same happy feeling. After all, her song "Like a Virgin", didn't cause me to lose my virginity. "Papa Don't Preach", didn't get me pregnant. Maybe I should have a little more faith in teenagers today, and allow them to get "Into The Groove" without worrying so much about what messages are being put out there.
I'm torn. What do you think?