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Bring Back 'Up With People'

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The Orange Bowl contest between USC and Oklahoma (USC winning 55-19) reminded me of Super Bowl's past, craptacularly boring, unless of course you're a rabid Trojan fan. The real lowlight of the evening, of course, was Ashlee Simpson's halftime performance. She might need to go back to lip syncing.

She ended her plausibly-live and warbled rendition of her hit Scream by screeching, "You make me want to scream,"

70,000 fans booed in unison - heartily.

Miami's Local10.com story (w/ video)


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Comments (27)

As soon as I saw that she w... (Below threshold)
TomAZZ:

As soon as I saw that she was singing I knew a trainwreck would ensue. That was the only reason I watched the half-time show. I laughed during her whole performance and just about lost it when the crowd started booing. I'm sure her dad has an excuse like laryingitis or something. I was halfway expecting her dance the jig after she got booed. Absolutely hysterical.

OMG! I heard it on the rad... (Below threshold)
DragonLady:

OMG! I heard it on the radio this morning on my way to work. Wow. Shame they didn't leave camera on her longer when the booing started.

What a maroon!

Is there any doubt that it ... (Below threshold)
OneDrummer:

Is there any doubt that it is over for her career? Between SNL and now this, no one will ask this year's version of Milli Vanilli back ever.

They booed her when she was announced as 'performing.' I'm sure Yoko was pleased.

And how pathetic is her old... (Below threshold)
Teflon93:

And how pathetic is her old man? The guy's supposed to be a Baptist minister, and when he's not waxing poetic about his other daughter's fake breasts he's lying through his teeth to preserve the career of this talentless little twit.

Joan Crawford's looking more and more like she had the right idea about those wire hangers all the time...

What I really don't underst... (Below threshold)

What I really don't understand about Ashlee is she is not cute. Dying her hair black so she didn't look like Jessica was just about the stupidest thing she has ever done, second only to picking up a mic and getting a recording contract. Proof yet again of it isn't how good you are, it is who you know.

She also sang "Scream" on Rockin New Year and I could have sworn I saw a couple of places that everything wasn't lining up as it should.

I think that all of you are... (Below threshold)
Rick13:

I think that all of you are correct. The problem is that the the people who buy her music (online or at stores) don't care. It's all about being popular. They will spin it to make her look like a victim... again.

As TomAZZ has noted, it was... (Below threshold)
Jim:

As TomAZZ has noted, it was like watching a train wreck in progress. I just happened to switch to it because I had heard something about U2 playing at halftime (turns out they played a new U2 video, which I could barely follow with all the noise).

I saw the end of the American Idol broad (at least it didn't sound bad), watched the Trace Adkins dude (not a fan of country but I can see that he was talented).

Then I saw a band getting ready in the back (thinking it was U2). Then Ashlee comes out in this get-up I don't know how the &*%%# to describe. The only thing I can think of is Flashdance collides with Steven Tyler? Not even sure that description does it justice.

Then the singing, oh Lord the singing. Like a biblical deluge of a really bad plague. It was so bad I could NOT turn away. Laughing, crying from the pain in my ears, all these emotions bursting out of my body.

Then she ends, slight pause right after the last word in the song, then another deluge, this time a wave of beautiful boos. It was precious. I am so fortunate for U2. I may write Bono a Thank You letter......

Somewhat related (maybe), b... (Below threshold)
jmaster:

Somewhat related (maybe), but did Tom Petty ever perform? I saw him in the promos, but I didn’t see him ever doing anything. I was away from the TV for a little while, so maybe I just missed him. Unfortunately, I did catch Jessica. The booing was definitely the high light.

Actually, there was a worse... (Below threshold)
Just Don:

Actually, there was a worse performance at this event.

The singing of the National Anthem (I think it was the National Anthem, the words were familiar although I didn't recognize many of the notes) by Kelly (Help, I can't find a note to hold) Clarkson was horrid. It wasn't quite as bad, though, as her "performance" of O Holy Night during a Christmas season show.

These idiot judges on American Idol, and such, praise these non-talents as "making the song their own." You don't make the National Anthem or O Holy Night "your own." You perform it with respect for the song, not some other worldly idea that your performance is more important than the song.

I did not see the blessed e... (Below threshold)
Schwerv:

I did not see the blessed event because I turn off these dumb @$$ halftime shows. Why do the producers of these half time shows think that football fans want to see this stuff.

Im not sure that the people booed Ashlee Simpson specifically (although she may have deserved it), but they booed the halftime show in general.

Some evidence of this incompatability with this garbage and football fans is the Monday Night Football Theme sung by Hank Williams. Remember a few years ago they were going to use a different band to sing the MNF theme every week. Kiss and Bon Jovi and a few others got there turn but Hank was back after only a few weeks. Not to say that all football fans are Hank fans. Its just that they dont want a bunch of long hair, girlie looking men galavant around around before the best game of the week. Everyone knew there was something... wrong about it.

So... I say lets start a campaign to rid our lives of such lousy halftime shows. Lets go back to something respectable like the "In Living Color" halftime episode. Remember when FOX challenged the usual halftime show with a show of its own. Not only was it a great alternative to another crappy halftime show. It was one of the funniest episodes of In Living Color.

Maybe we can boycott this year's superbowl halftime. Not because Im afraid I may see a booby or two.... Or maybe we should demand more boobies. What was I saying???

Schwerv

She should have somebody ri... (Below threshold)

She should have somebody rip open the front of her shirt. It's been known to help sagging careers before.

Um, It was JoJo that did th... (Below threshold)
timothyb:

Um, It was JoJo that did the National Anthem. And I am glad I went to bed after the first half. Maybe Ashlee should bare her breasts to bring her popularity back???

Van Helsing, that should re... (Below threshold)
james agenbroad:

Van Helsing, that should read "It's been known to help sagging ... careers before."

Is there any doubt that ... (Below threshold)
Ernie:

Is there any doubt that it is over for her career? Between SNL and now this.

I did not even know she was a singer until the SNL show. What career?

I didn't even know until ju... (Below threshold)
OneDrummer:

I didn't even know until just awhile ago, she's had her own TV show on MTV....

Hope Daddy invested wisely, cuz the money train is gonna get derailed....

I know I'm not the only one... (Below threshold)

I know I'm not the only one who appreciates the irony of this talentless "pop star", one of the leading symbols today of crass commercialism milking the music industry for all the capitalist dollars she and her father possible can, employing the anarchy "A" logo in her stage decor.

A Rebel Without a Cause Talent if ever there was one.

Oops, "a Cause" should be c... (Below threshold)

Oops, "a Cause" should be crossed out there. Note to self: PREVIEW.

In what possible universe w... (Below threshold)
Ray Midge:

In what possible universe was this NOT the expected outcome?

An MTV reality spawned brunette marketing vector for the sexualized prepubesent - recently embroiled in a national lip fiasco- will perform for 70,000 football crazed, testosterone hyped men congregated for the sole purpose of cheering on other even more testostermone laden padded men in thier attempt to physically disassemble each other.

What did her handlers think? Sure they get national TV exposure, but at what cost? Did they really believe - somewhere in their hearts - that maybe, just maybe, Ashlee Simpson, with her patented balls out rock performance would rock them over with her supreme rockin'-rockiness? Really? Really????

Even theoretical physicists will have to admit that given an infinity of universes governed by an infinity of alternate, bizarre physical laws, NO universe exists where this wouldn't have happened. NO such possiblity exists in any time or space.

I don't care for Ashley S. ... (Below threshold)
sunshinechili:

I don't care for Ashley S. in the first place. Thought she couldn't sing in the first place. Well, the Orange Bowl just showed that I was not the only person to think so!
Why do all these girls think they can sing???
Just b/c they can put a mic up to there lips they can produce music, maybe they better go apply at Walmart and be a cashier and find out what it is to be in the "real world".

Is it just me or are halfti... (Below threshold)

Is it just me or are halftime shows supposed to have the SCHOOLS' marching bands perform some great piece?

Is it just me or am I biased because I used to perform halftime shows at my high school (when I played the clarinet)?

I'm with you, Henry. Althou... (Below threshold)
Red Five:

I'm with you, Henry. Although I played trombone when I was in high school marching band. All these expensive, Holly-weird crapfests really don't do anything for me except make me want to turn the #*(% thing off.

The real joy ina ll of this... (Below threshold)
Big Beefe:

The real joy ina ll of this is only about to happen. Now that the Blog world has finally come out in full force with this you are going to start seeing this in crappy TV shows like Best Week Ever and SNL.

I think an interesting twist in all of this will be if the comedians will pick-up on the idea it will be funnier to make fun of dad than Ashlee or Jessica.

I can just see it now... Dad is going to do something really stupid... Maybe he will suggest ashless dye her hair green and get breast implants, and start hanging out with Haris Pilton, and Dillary Huff.

I simply look at her act as... (Below threshold)
McCain:

I simply look at her act as the "talent" portion of a beauty contest -- a little amusement with a slight sense of dread, but all the while wishing the show would go on.

Early in the game they flah... (Below threshold)

Early in the game they flahsed to O.J. at the game. By the end of the half time show, I was appalled to realize that the Juice wasn't even the most offensive Simpson in the house.

She sucks anyway - whether ... (Below threshold)
firstbrokenangel:

She sucks anyway - whether her hair is blonde or black. This girl just cannot sing.

Cindy

HEY I JUST WANT TO SAY THAT... (Below threshold)
Amelia_Martinez:

HEY I JUST WANT TO SAY THAT ASHLEE SIMPSON IS SO SHIT AT SINGING? SHE NEEDS TO START GOING TO SINGING LESSONS, BUT I DON'T THINK THAT WILL HELP TOO, SHE IS BORN WITH IT. YO WHATS THIS THING ABOUT BLONDE AND BLACK HAIR? WE ALL KNOW THAT SHE NEVER WANTED TO DO HER HAIR BLACK, SHE DID IT 'COZ SHE DIDN'T WANT TO LOOK LIKE HER UGLY SISTER JESSICA SIMPSON. IS TRUE THEY BOTH HAVE THE SAME FEATURES IS JUST THE HAIR COLOUR THATS GETS THE DIFFERENCE OUTTA THEM. YO IM A BRUNETTE AND IM PROUD OF IT 'COZ ITS 150% BEAUTY. HERE IN LONDON, MAINLY BLONDES AND REDHEADS GET SHAGGED AND USED BY MEN. 7 OUT OF 10 MEN TEND TO GO FOR BLONDES 'COZ THEY OFFER SEX JUST LIKE THAT. IM NOT BEIGN RUDE, BUT IN LONDON, THE PLACE WHERE I LIVE ITS MORE LIKE THAT. I FEEL SORRY FOR THEM 'COZ THEY KNOW THEY GET USED BUT THEY STILL GO FOR IT KNOWING THAT MOST OF THE MEN THAT SHAG THEM TAKE THE PISS OUT OF THEIR ACTIONS IN BED AND EVEN THEIR LOOKS. THE MEN DON'T CARE ABOUT THE BODIES AS LONG AS THEY ENJOY THEMSELVES. IT HAPPENS TO BRUNETTES AND BLACK HEADS AS WELL BUT NOT AS MUCH AS IT HAPPENS TO BLONDES.
I THINK ASLEE SIMPSON SHOULD TURN BACK TO A BLONDE COZ SHE IS EMBARRASSING THE BRUNETTES AND BLACK HEADS.

BY AMELIA MARTINEZ FROM LONDON

sunshinechili, whats your p... (Below threshold)
Amelia_Martinez:

sunshinechili, whats your prob? why r u begin sexist for? not evry girl thinks that they have the voice of an angel, your just a stupid fool for thinking such thing towards girl, i bet your probably gay too. there are more girls then men with great voices. i bet you sound shit!!!
don't mess with a london girl.

from AMELIA MARTINEZ from LONDON,ENGLAND




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