Billie Jean (a tribute to Michael Jackson) was beaten only by an operatic rendition of I Will Survive (wish he had sung more than the first few bars of that, as it was cracking).
But the same cannot be said of BublA's crotch-grabbing
Michael Jackson impersonation, his rendition of Gloria Gaynor's I Will Survive set to opera or his self-deprecating wit.
Football games seem to bring out a frat house-beer-bust feeling in much of the audience, and that's the audience that Anheuser-Busch wants, or seems to want by its Super Bowl commercials that featured flatulence, crotch-grabbing
, toilet humor and other jokes that may bring a quick laugh.
, cap-tapping, uniform-tugging routine of a baseball player in the batter's box is a miniature example of this phenomenon.
Even current bands can get in on the '80s racket: Alien Ant Farm made its reputation (and a platinum record) largely on the strength of remaking the 1988 Michael Jackson hit "Smooth Criminal," their video for which gleefully parodies every moon-walking, crotch-grabbing
, embarrassing '80s excess.
In other words, what's the alternative between a repressed, dour, fingerpointing Catholicism and a flaming, salacious, crotch-grabbing
By contrast, in the play I saw later that evening, expletives were tossed about as freely as frisbies at a summer picnic and crotch-grabbing
was de rigeur.
Curiously, one time in Vietnam I mentioned the Hong Kong incident in a workshop about culture and sexuality, and a Vietnamese anthropologist perked up, telling me she had recently dealt with a similar problem involving Vietnamese seafarers landing in jail for crotch-grabbing
in Central America.
Songs including the Calvin Harris penned Call My Name, performed twice, were given urban dance moves, with more than a bit of crotch-grabbing
But showmanship and crotch-grabbing
aside, what stands JLS apart is that they are clearly loving every minute of their shows.
Though a stilted Nona Hendryx makes no impression as the Acid Queen, Hank Adams brings horrifying self-awareness to the pedophile Uncle Ernie, and PJ Griffith walks away with the show as feral Cousin Kevin, strutting and crotch-grabbing
with Jagger-esque glee.
His time in the US has obviously had some influence on his stage actions as even Michael Jackson and Justin Timberlake would be hard-pressed to do as much crotch-grabbing
as Craig managed.