Cilmi tickles me

In a previous post I argued that microphones are fetishised.
The studios in audio production magazines as well as the producers of music film clips both seem to use vintage microphones to connote quality.

One example was Gabriella Cilmi so I was amused to see her follow-up clip today as her microphone has a massive foam protector on it. Dunno what to make of that, is it a case of increasing the visibility of the mic or is this a subtle message to promote covering these phallic objects?