Bruno: Yes or No?

Claire H. enjoying the 2014 halftime show
Claire H. enjoying the 2014 halftime show

On Sunday, Feb. 2, the NFL’s 48th annual Super Bowl was held at the New York Jets’ Stadium in New Jersey. The match between the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos was a steady slaughter, Seattle taking the win with an end score of 43-8. The real excitement came from the halftime show, arguably America’s most talked about winter event, which featured Bruno Mars with a surprise appearance from the Red Hot Chilli Peppers.

Before the Super Bowl, students at DHS discussed their predictions about Bruno Mars’ performance. “He’s really good-looking, and a good singer,” sophomore Julia N. said. “I like him,” sophomore Kurt K. said.

Others had alternatives they believed to be better for the venue than Bruno Mars. Sophomore Bryce G. said, “If I had to choose, I would select Sosa to perform, hands down.”

“I would love to see Taylor Swift do the show,” said sophomore Ryan L. “She’d spice up the game.” “I’d prefer something more slamming, like death or black metal, but I understand those types of bands would never be booked for this type of thing,” senior Wesley Williams said. “To be honest, though, I actually kind of dig Bruno’s music. I hope he’ll be as good live.” Freshman Richie J. said, “Bruno Mars is just so irrelevant to my life I don’t even have an opinion on the guy.”

Many students, however, vocalized disdain for Mars. Senior Shannon H. admitted that she would not even tune into the Super Bowl due to him. “Heck no, I won’t watch, he has the most annoying voice,” Shannon said. “He’s mediocre at best, and that’s an overstatement,” said freshman Callie B.

However, Bruno Mars’s singing is not the only reason some students do not like him. According to BBC, in 2011, Mars narrowly escaped jail time for cocaine usage. “It makes me sad because young kids look up to him, and will even more so after the halftime show. He’s a good singer, but not a good role model!” sophomore Louisa D. said.

In previous years, the halftime show has seen great scandal. From swear words to wardrobe malfunctions, many were wondering what controversy Bruno Mars would bring to the the stage. However, the 28-year-old singer proved to be squeaky clean, keeping his language and dance moves family-appropriate. The Red Hot Chilli Peppers raised some criticism from for allegedly “playing” with an unplugged bass guitar, but other than that, the show went smoothly.

“I loved the show!” principal Andrew Stephens said. “Bruno Mars has major music chops. He was great on the drums. His performance was overall a throwback to James Brown and the 70s, which I thought was perfect. I enjoyed it immensely.” Biology teacher Karen Benson agreed with Mr. Stephens’ positive report. “I actually liked it,” she said. “It was clean and acceptable, although I was nervous about the Red Hot Chilli Peppers.” Latin teacher Peter George shared a similar concerned. “Bruno had a really good thing going on, but they seemed out of place, like ketchup on a sundae.”

Coach Harry Taylor took a lighter view on the R.H.C.P. “I liked the old school infusion. That was my day, my generation.”

Senior Garrett W. was surprised to say that he found the show entertaining. “It was really good, and I didn’t expect it to be.”

Others were not as enthusiastic about the show. Senior Mike T. said, “I didn’t even care enough to focus on it.”

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