When Super Bowl XLIV kicks off on Feb. 5, 2012, non-football fans may tune in for a performance from Her Madgesty, Madonna, who will take the stage during the game's highly-anticipated halftime show it was announced Monday.
While fans of the prolific singer are predictably enthused by the announcement, online reaction has been, on the whole, rather negative. Those angry at the decision flooded Indianapolis news station Rtv6's Facebook page, with one poster raging, "The first Super Bowl we get to host. They pick her? They should have gotten someone from Indiana". Famous musicians hailing from the state include veteran singer-songwriter John Mellencamp, who certainly would have been a popular choice, and Guns N'Roses frontman Axl Rose, whose band would fit right in at the Super Bowl. Perhaps more fitting would have been a performance by Janet Jackson or members of the Jackson 5, given the family grew up in Gary, Indiana, however, it is assumed Janet's controversial wardrobe malfunction in 2004 leaves her with no desire to return.
Despite the backlash, Madonna still remains one of the biggest stars in the world today and will release her 12th studio album next year. The Super Bowl performance is set to be visualised by the acclaimed dramatic entertainment company Cirque Du Soleil and award winning creative director Jamie King.