The Super Bowl’s age-limit malfunction

Sprint_halftime_logoIt’s about time someone cried out about this, and I woke up this morning deciding it’s going to be me. You may have noticed that this year’s answer to avoiding another Janet Jackson-style wardrobe malfunction during the Super Bowl halftime show is to hire the Rolling Stones as the entertainment. Not a bad choice—certainly better than Steve Tyler performing a duet with Britney Spears, and a scintilla edgier than Paul McCartney, who performed last year. But here’s the rub. Star Flow Entertainment, which is in charge of providing the lemmings (oops, I meant crowd), to be on the field during the performance is only recruiting people from 18 to 45 years of age. In other words, the oldest person allowed to be on the field during the show is 17 years younger than Mick Jagger. OK, maybe you’re saying, “No one wants to spend halftime watching a bunch of overweight baby boomers attempting to rock out”—and perhaps that’s true—but I still find this age limitation much more offensive than a sneak peek at Janet Jackson’s boob. Someone oughtta complain to Sprint, the sponsor of the halftime show. Hey, AARP, are you up for it?

—Posted by Catharine P. Taylor