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4 hours ago, GoBlue23 said:

I know, right?  When a bunch of people like something I don't, clearly they are all wrong.  

I don't knock it, but I will say the degree to which she is idolized as a cult-like hero is insane. I've never seen such a widespread pandemonium in my lifetime and it doesn't show signs of slowing.

I'm sure some... wiser... posters could have some other musical artists who they could compare this to, but I've been around a few decades now and I've never experienced anything like the degree to which her fandom has risen since the Eras Tour first took off.

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1 hour ago, GoBlue23 said:

  I saw somewhere online that Taylor Swift was on TV for less than a minute in total and people are freaking out like they focused on her more than the game. 

they gave her and Kelce a lot of camera in the post game - too much IMO - How long can you watch one hug?

1 hour ago, MichiganCardinal said:

I don't knock it, but I will say the degree to which she is idolized as a cult-like hero is insane

You could have been there for the Beatles. Maybe one difference in the feel of it was that they had such strong positions, or attitudes - often publicly negative,  about their fame and influence -esp John, and then they started more or less hiding out which amped the mystique.  But millions of kids trying to play records backward to glean possible messages of cosmic importance?   Pretty over the top.  Pop star mania and QAnon all rolled into one.

Another big difference though is that Lennon (again) in particular courted opposition by being overtly political, getting arrested, etc.,  so between the Generation gap and War/Antiwar politics divisions the Beatles always had a big core of detractors that at least had rational political arguments about whey they didn't like them.

The situation with Swift is made ridiculous mostly by the ridiculousness of the complaints about her and the people making them.

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15 hours ago, Shinzaki said:

Taylor Swift..her popularity is mystifying.   

It's been happening since The Beatles and Elvis. The difference is the fans have 24/7 access to the fandom now. In a few years, it will be someone else. Apparently the attention on her bothers some people. Ok. *shrug* It's nothing to get up in arms about and these idiots need to let people enjoy things.

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I rarely watch or read anything outside of sports and history stuff nor do I listen to any current music so I was pretty ignorant to her fame.

I mean I obviously heard of her and knew she was one of the biggest stars but it wasn't until she played here and I watched the local news and how crazy everybody was until I realized that she wasn't just one of the bigger names but she was far and away the most famous star going. 

It especially made me do a double take when my 75 year old Step Dad who isn't into current pop culture brought up "being a Swiftie" the fact he would know the term for her fans really let me know how famous she was.

 

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I think the broadcast handled Taylor Swift well on Sunday. They showed her a lot, but Romo and Nantz rarely mentioned her. To me, not that much different than when broadcasts would frequently flash to Nicholson at Lakers game or Bill Murray during the Cubs WS run. I could do without so many crowds shots in general (for some reason I particularly hated how Fox would show the  Red Sox fans with their hands in praying position pitch after pitch after pitch), but the Super Bowl has always had tons of distractions. Its' not like she was on a headpiece being interviewed by Nantz between downs in the 3rd quarter.

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1 hour ago, lordstanley said:

I think the broadcast handled Taylor Swift well on Sunday. They showed her a lot, but Romo and Nantz rarely mentioned her. To me, not that much different than when broadcasts would frequently flash to Nicholson at Lakers game or Bill Murray during the Cubs WS run. I could do without so many crowds shots in general (for some reason I particularly hated how Fox would show the  Red Sox fans with their hands in praying position pitch after pitch after pitch), but the Super Bowl has always had tons of distractions. Its' not like she was on a headpiece being interviewed by Nantz between downs in the 3rd quarter.

Sponge Bob and Patrick Starr were all about Taylor Swift on the broadcast I watched.    I didn't mind because I've reached that part of my life that ignores how baggy the kid's pants are. 

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23 hours ago, MichiganCardinal said:

I don't knock it, but I will say the degree to which she is idolized as a cult-like hero is insane. I've never seen such a widespread pandemonium in my lifetime and it doesn't show signs of slowing.

I'm sure some... wiser... posters could have some other musical artists who they could compare this to, but I've been around a few decades now and I've never experienced anything like the degree to which her fandom has risen since the Eras Tour first took off.

She's so big, the ratings for the Super Bowl were the 2nd biggest of all time, next only to the moon landing. Bunch of teeny boppers tuning into football to see her. With millions of dollars to be made, it's no wonder CBS showed her so much.

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She transcends the age demographic... BTS has a similar appeal, drawing fans from a lot of different age groups.  The key is getting the women over 35.  They're the Stanley mug demo.  If Swift ever puts out her own wine...she will be their God

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On 2/13/2024 at 11:19 AM, Shinzaki said:

Things were less complicated when the game was played during the day and Up With People was the halftime show...

a salute to the greatest hemisphere of all time, the western hemisphere!

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48 minutes ago, lordstanley said:

1 dead, 30+ injured from shooting at end of KC Super Bowl parade. Damn. Has that ever happened, a shooting at a championship parade?

Not that I can recall. Lots of fire and turned over cars, but nothing like that. 
 

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1 hour ago, lordstanley said:

1 dead, 30+ injured from shooting at end of KC Super Bowl parade. Damn. Has that ever happened, a shooting at a championship parade?

When the Tigers won in 84, one person was shot to death during the riot celebration.  

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1 hour ago, lordstanley said:

1 dead, 30+ injured from shooting at end of KC Super Bowl parade. Damn. Has that ever happened, a shooting at a championship parade?

Yes,  when the Pistons won (can't remember what year), but it was in the postgame and even though it happened during the post game riot/celebration, it had nothing to do with it.  It wasn't random. 

 

 

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