Sorry, I just wanted to share that.
From The Curse of Godzooky, or If I Should Fall From Grace With Godzilla part of the Godzilla at 50 Special Section at PopMatters.
There's also new Cynthia Fuchs goodness:
Reports the Associated Press, "The Seacrest show [featuring Janet Jackson] was aired on the East Coast with a seven-second tape delay, just in case Jackson was inspired to repeat the Super Bowl "incident." Because, of course, she must be wanting to do just that, again and again. Because she's out of control. Because she's devious.
This ongoing effort to pathologize Janet Jackson -- by any means possible -- is wearying. It is also historically resonant (cf. the sanctions traditionally directed at black women's bodies) and imaginatively bereft (aren't there any other ways to think through seeming licentiousness than to blame performers delivering to commercial expectations?). As Joshunda Sanders notes, Janet "has always been juxtaposed, symbolically, against her white counterpart, Madonna, as a Jezebel. If Madonna makes an album of Bedtime Stories, she's a shrewd businesswoman; Jackson does it and she's a whore" (San Francisco Chronicle, 15 February 2004).
I'd argue that Janet Jackson, and the controversy about the Super Bowl thing, are all predictable artefacts of a culture that could even conceive, let alone produce, something called The Godzilla/Harlem Globetrotters Adventure Hour, but that's my answer to everything.
Link to PopMatters, which I haven't visited in ages, noticed at Enjoy and Exciting!