Jennifer Lopez and Shakira put on a historical performance during the halftime of Super Bowl 54 on Sunday, becoming the first two Latina women to headline the show. Much of it served as a celebration of their cultures, and was meant to promote female empowerment.
Some people, however, didn’t view it that way. Many parents have continued to voice their displeasure with the performance.
“I don’t expect the world to act like the church, but our country has had a sense of moral decency on prime time TV in order to protect children. We see that disappearing before our eyes. It was demonstrated in tonight‘s @Pepsi #SuperBowl Halftime Show—w/millions of kids watching,” one boomer said.
“There was nothing “empowering” about
’s #SuperBowlLIV Halftime performance. Embarrassing and inappropriate is what is was.
, on the other hand, absolutely knocked that national anthem out of the park. Now that performance was empowering,” another said.
“Who would want to be associated, much less purchase anything from a woman who just cheapened herself in front of her children & the entire planet??? What she did you can see in any sleezy strip club!!!” someone mad online said.
“The music was great but the meaning and demeaning of women was pretty disgusting. Single mothers don’t wish to slide on poles to support children. Sex traffickers like to employ pole dancers. Children in cages are protected from traffickers to say the least. Bad message,” another added.
Lopez, however, was very pleased with the performance. She grabbed a mic to address her friends and family during a postgame party on a yacht.
“I was happy to stand up there with Shakira — two Latin women, two women, two working moms who did one of the best Super Bowls of all time,” she said. “Whether they said it or not, that’s how it felt to me.”
“I am grateful to all of you. I know how special it is to go out there and hold up and American flag and hold up a Puerto Rican flag and have my daughter sing with me,” she continued, “and to represent women and single moms and working moms and say, ‘This is what you can do. You can do anything you want to do.’
“That’s what I want to teach my daughters, and that’s what I want them to see, and that’s who I want them to become — strong, independent women who speak up for themselves,” Lopez said. “The message tonight was you can use your voice. Get loud. Speak up. Stand up for yourself. Just have the strength — sometimes women lack the strength to really be the best for themselves — and that what I wanted to put out there tonight.”