February 06, 2011
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It wasn't quite a wardrobe malfunction, but Will.i.am had an off-script Super Bowl moment of his own during the Black Eyed Peas' performance on Sunday night. The singer delivered a message to President Obama by changing three lines to his band's hit "Where Is The Love?" during the 15-minute medley:
"In America we need to get things straight / Obama, let's get these kids educated / Create jobs so the country stays stimulated."
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As far as political protest subjects go, children's education and creating jobs aren't the most radical of topics, but I appreciate Will.i.am using America's biggest stage for a constructive purpose. Normally, stars treat their Super Bowl halftime appearance as an opportunity to promote themselves, their albums or partial nudity, so it's nice to hear a little non-controversial social awareness. I think we're all in favor of smart kids and people having jobs.
It's not going to make anyone bring back those strained comparisons to Bob Dylan that Pepsi tried to sell us on two years ago or earn Will.i.am forgiveness for "Boom Boom Pow," but it was something (and much preferable to Fergie shrieking).
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