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Will Madonna Behave? – OpEd


On October 4, I issued a news release calling into question the propriety of having Madonna perform at the 2012 Super Bowl; she was rumored to be one of the artists under consideration. I advised against it, citing her anti-Catholic legacy. I also cited the decision of the NFL to rescind its invitation to ‘N Sync’s JC Chasez from singing during halftime of the 2004 Pro Bowl Game because of concerns over his behavior.


On October 11, I made public a letter I sent that day in the overnight mail to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell asking him not to extend the invitation to Madonna. He chose not to respond; subsequently, the 53-year-old pop star was selected to perform at the Super Bowl.

The ball is now in Goodell’s court. Unfortunately for him, he no longer has control of it—Madonna does. Now let’s see if she behaves. If she doesn’t, Goodell will have to answer to all Americans.

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William Donohue

William Donohue is the current president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights in the United States, and has held that position since 1993.

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