Katy Perry Vs. The NFL: Will She Pay To Play The Super Bowl?
Katy Perry is arguably the biggest pop star in the world, if Twitter followers can be considered a measure of success (her 58 million+ following trumps Justin Bieber, Barack Obama, YouTube and Taylor Swift, who round out the top five). She crossed over into the football world last Saturday with her amazing guest picker performance on "College GameDay" (and subsequent celebration in Oxford after picking Ole Miss to knock off Alabama). According to Page Six, she'll have a chance to take her act to an even bigger stage by playing the Super Bowl halftime show this February.
From the report:
“A deal is being hammered out for Katy to play the Super Bowl,” an entertainment insider said of the plan...
Perry’s bubble-gum pop brand could certainly sweeten the image of a league that’s been rocked by bad press this season over domestic abuse and questions regarding player safety.
Unlike at-times-raunchy Rihanna, Perry’s act is family-friendly, and the league will surely look to steer well clear of any potential controversies like Janet Jackson’s “wardrobe malfunction” or M.I.A.’s embarrassing bird-flipping incident.
Right. Instead she'll make cock jokes and hit on college kids. Family!
The only issue here is that Perry publicly stated on "College GameDay" that she is "not the kind of girl who would pay to play the Super Bowl." The NFL, citing the fact that over 100 million people tune into the game, reportedly expect future acts to pay them for the privilege of lip-syncing on television.
So who will blink first? Perry certainly doesn't need more exposure -- or, at least, she doesn't need to pay for more -- and the NFL could probably put Bieber up there, or Obama singing "Baba O'Reilly," or the "Hooked On Monkey Fonics" drum-playing monkey on stage and still make a killing. Our money is on the NFL acquiescing: The last thing the league needs is a protracted, public disagreement with a popular female artist as they battle the perception that they don't give a shit about women in any capacity.
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