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Writer Expresses Concern about Racy Super Bowl Half-Time Show, but Not About What Occurred Before and After It

Beyonce Engages in Suggestive Performance, Football Players Bring Their Violent Sport to a Young Audience Which Idolizes Its Stars

In a letter to the editor in the Sunday, 10 February Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, a writer registers disgust over what he feels was an X-rated Super Bowl half-time show by Beyonce, expressing the fear that an eight-year-old child might try to emulate the gyrations of the performer. I am not a fan of the violent sport of football and did not watch the game or the half-time performance, but I have little doubt that his depiction and characterization of it are correct.

Notably missing from the letter is any concern about what viewers saw before and after half-time: the injury-producing, life-shortening contact sport which is adored by almost all of America, including impressionable children. 

Those who believe that the suicide of young former football great Junior Seau is an anomaly are mistaken.

Football is a contact sport in which the individual holding or carrying the ball is attacked by opposing players, who have somehow gotten larger and more destructive as time passes and even football players and sports writers have acknowledged that the game's focus is violence.  We somehow rationalize that this is wholesome entertainment for young people.

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Ed M February 11, 2013 at 12:02 PM
If you don't like football, Oren, don't watch it. Yes it is a violent game. Yes Junior Seaus death was tragic. But football is not to blame. Junior chose his profession just as you chose yours.

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