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Did The Shakira and J.Lo Super Bowl Performance Include A Message About Immigration?

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By Robin Burks

It's hard to argue that the Super Bowl halftime show performance by Shakira and Jennifer Lopez (or as we like to call her, J. Lo) was anything short of spectacular.

However, it seems that the two Latina women might have also included a subtle message in their performance about immigration. Although they were anything but overtly political, spending most of their time showing off their signature dance moves, there was a moment that stood out to many fans who believed the women wanted to make a statement.

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Two Women Representing Their Cultures

Jennifer Lopez Performing at the 2020 Super Bowl Halftime ShowP
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Perhaps it was already a statement by the Super Bowl organization when they chose two Latina women to represent the event during its halftime show. Shakira, who was born and raised in Columbia, showed off her country's culture with a signature high-pitched warble, which is an expression of happiness.

Lopez, on the other hand, represented her proud American-Puerto Rican heritage by taking the stage with an elaborate red, white and blue coat representing the American flag, entirely of bird feathers.

But Was This A Political Statement?

Shakira and J. Lo
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During her performance, Lopez' brought out her 11-year-old daughter, Emme, to sing with her. The two performed "Let's Get Loud," while Shakira took over drum duties for the tune. However, there were other things some fans noticed when watching the stage during that number. Emme had a group of children signing behind her, all dressed in white with American Flags on them. Around the main stage, though, were other children, in lit-up cages, perhaps representing the current American issue of immigration.

A Subtle Message

Jennifer Lopez' Daughter Emme at the Super Bowl Halftime Show
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While Emme stole the show, the children in white and the children in cages remained in the background, a subtle reminder of the current state of American affairs. Many fans saw this as a nod to what's currently happening at the American-Mexican border, where children coming into the country seeking asylum are being separated from their parents and kept in cages.

As Latina women, it's likely that this is something that both Lopez and Shakira care deeply about, as well as something they felt the need to speak up against, even if subtly.

A Rousing Performance

Jennifer Lopez and Shakira
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Regardless of their message, the two women made many statements during the course of their dual performance. Not only did they show the greatness of their cultures, but they also showed the world that women over 40 can still be both talented and sexy. They showed off moves that even 20-year-olds could be jealous of and even caused a bit of controversy over just how sexy their stage performance was.

Disregarding the prudes, though, these two women brought sexy back to the Super Bowl in a very good way.

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