Jennifer Lopez and Shakira’s Super Bowl Performance Sparks Debate on Body Positivity and Double Standards

by Jeremy Spirogis
Jennifer Lopez and Shakira perform onstage

Those who haven’t heard in regards to the debates sparked within the aftermath of Jennifer Lopez and Shakira’s Super Bowl Halftime Show may be dwelling underneath a rock — a blissfully quiet rock.

Social media, information retailers, and water-cooler chats alike are bringing out the very best and worst opinions of their efficiency and the political messages it contained.

Overshadowing even the sturdy political message, nevertheless, is the dialogue about how a lot pores and skin the 2 confirmed, and whether or not it was acceptable for community tv.

Are folks actually outraged over Jennifer Lopez and Shakira’s efficiency?

Jennifer Lopez and Shakira perform onstage
Shakira and Jennifer Lopez | Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic

More and extra we stay in an period of socio-political bubbles, and controversies actually carry that into stark reduction. While some could have social media feeds filled with these praising the efficiency, others could have mates and followers that discovered it offensive. 

So what’s the deal? Why are some folks so outraged in regards to the efficiency? Dave Daubenmire, a former highschool soccer coach from Ohio who fancies himself a “Defender of the Christian Faith” on Twitter, has gotten media consideration far surpassing his 634 followers for his viewpoint.

In a video to his followers, he claimed he needed to sue Pepsi, the NFL, his native cable firm, and, as he put it, “as many people as we want to” for “pandering pornography” or “contributing to the delinquency of a minor.”

He readily admits he’s not a lawyer and doesn’t know what expenses to pursue. That a lot is obvious.

It’d be tempting to consider this can be a fringe viewpoint, and whereas the lawsuit could also be, his general opinion just isn’t. Many social media customers agree or share comparable opinions.

The group One Million Moms has already gotten over 46,000 folks to signal their petition that appears to don’t have any actual aim aside from to inform the NFL and the Commissioner that they’re “disgusted” and ask for extra “family-friendly” exhibits sooner or later. In the petition they name Shakira and Lopez’s efficiency “extremely vulgar and nothing more than a striptease.”

The majority of responses over the halftime present are optimistic

Despite the conservative backlash, responses to the present by the media and followers alike have been largely optimistic. Countless publications have shared items in assist of the duo, like Danielle Campoamor of NBC New’s piece: “Jennifer Lopez and Shakira are sexy moms. And there’s nothing shameful about it.”

As for a way the singers themselves are dealing with it: Shakira has not but made a public assertion on the backlash, however Lopez has been open and vocal about her opinion.

Lopez informed Variety in a stay interview, “I think that’s just honestly silliness,” and went on to say she will’t let within the opinions of a “small faction” of people who wish to be adverse.

She concludes her response by expressing what a optimistic expertise it was, the way it was a celebration of ladies and of Latino tradition, and the way it tells little ladies: “You’re strong. You’re beautiful. Everything about you, be proud of it.”

Lin Manuel Miranda, a fellow Latino of Hamilton fame, informed AP Entertainment that Lopez, “Checked all the boxes and she made us so proud.”

Country singer Shania Twain, who carried out the halftime present in 2003, authorized as properly saying: “They’re out there showing what a healthy, strong, confident woman looks like.”

How does Jennifer Lopez and Shakira’s efficiency examine to different performances?

One of probably the most disgusting elements of the backlash is the sharing of varied “crotch shots” of Shakira and Lopez throughout their efficiency, supposed proof of how inappropriate they have been.

Those in assist of the singers have taken to the web in response, sharing memes exhibiting comparable nonetheless photographs of cheerleaders, gymnasts, and ballerinas to level out the hypocrisy in shaming the singers.

There are additionally loads of memes exhibiting a shirtless Adam Levine from final years halftime present subsequent to Shakira and Lopez, questioning the place the backlash was for him.

To make sure, there was some backlash about Levine on the time, with over 50 FCC complaints filed over his uncovered nipples, nevertheless, the complaints have been largely satirical. Their purpose was to level out the hypocrisy of how poorly Janet Jackson was handled after her wardrobe malfunction throughout her efficiency, later referred to as “Nipplegate.”

Let’s face it, the fact is Super Bowl performances, and pop performances basically, have been and can proceed to be horny. So the query that the newest uproar has introduced firmly into the collective consciousness is that this: Who will get a go, and who will get blasted, and why?

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