A Princely Phallus

Stereogum | February 7, 2007 - 9:26 am

Prince’s Super Bowl performance was so exuberant, you may have forgot to be offended! Via the AP:

Prince’s acclaimed performance included a guitar solo during the “Purple Rain” segment of his medley in which his shadow was projected onto a large, flowing beige sheet. As the 48-year-old rock star let rip, the silhouette cast by his figure and his guitar (shaped like the singer’s symbol) had phallic connotations for some.

A number of bloggers have decried “Malfunction!” ? including Sam Anderson at New York magazine’s Daily Intelligencer. Daily News television critic David Bianculli called it “a rude-looking shadow show” that “looked embarrassingly rude, crude and unfortunately placed.”

Was Prince’s pose phallic?

Forget the AP –how is this not an Onion article?! But wait, the piece is about to break off some history:

For decades, the electric guitar, by nature, has been considered phallic. From Jimi Hendrix’s sensual 6-string swagger to Eddie Van Halen’s masturbatory soloing, the guitar has often been thought an extension of a male player’s sexuality.

Tell us more, grandpa!

Seriously, what’s phallic about this?