Madonna remains a global superstar without parallel and holds the record for the highest-grossing concert tour ever by a female artist, but not everyone is thrilled about her upcoming performance at Super Bowl XLVI.
Fellow icon Gene Simmons is the latest to sound off on the NFL's decision to tap the Material Girl for the big game, saying he doesn't find her "appropriate" for the halftime entertainment. "I love all karaoke singers," the legendary KISS frontman hissed, according to TMZ. "You've got to have some integrity. I don't care what your music is. Have some integrity -- be real or full disclosure before the fact. Hold up a sign saying, '70 percent of what you hear is fake.'"
Sadly, Simmons is not alone in his disapproval. "When Lady Gaga started doing Madonna better than Madonna, it was pretty obvious that time had passed her by," wrote Mark Brown in the Chicago Sun-Times, before going on to call the pop diva "washed up." Tim Daniels, a featured columnist for the Bleacher Report, felt similarly. "If NFL Network productions gave the fans what they want, which is anybody with current relevance, the ratings would be markedly better," he sniffed.
While we at HuffPost Gay Voices still get excited about almost anything and everything the Queen of Pop does, we confess to having our own personal skepticism over the news. It's not that Madonna is not a formidable artist and phenomenal performer (of course she is), but her musical output over the past few years has been spotty at best. We weren't quick to embrace her most recent album, "Hard Candy," released in 2008. And an early leak of a tepid-sounding demo track from her forthcoming album, due for release this spring, has done little to ease our concerns.
So what do you think?