What Did Super Bowl Fans Think of Jennifer Lopez and Shakira’s Halftime Performance?

by Jeremy Spirogis
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At the current Super Bowl, Jennifer Lopez and Shakira served us life because the halftime performers, Both Latina artists introduced the home down with throwbacks to their well-known pop hits. Meanwhile, within the present design, many followers noticed political messages within the soccer recreation’s mid-point efficiency. Overall, what did viewers of Super Bowl LIV consider the halftime present?

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Jennifer Lopez and Shakira carry out in the course of the halftime present of Super Bowl LIV | TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP by way of Getty Images

What Twitter needed to say after the Super Bowl 54 halftime present with Shakira and J.Lo

“Best Super Bowl half time show ever,” GOP politician Jeb Bush tweeted.

Overall, the preliminary response on Twitter on Feb. 2, 2020, was optimistic. The present was filled with spectacle (dancers in shiny costumes, poles, kids singing and so on.), and it’s arduous to argue, on the very least, that it wasn’t entertaining. But from there, viewers began to separate hairs.

Many (particularly Puerto Ricans), saluted Lopez for singing “Born in the U.S.A.” sporting a coat of the Puerto Rican flag. While Lopez was singing, viewers observed that a number of the kids performers have been strewn throughout the sphere, caged in little pods of sunshine. Some on Twitter argued this was meant to signify the migrant kids, separated from their mother and father in Border Patrol camps. Considering the efficiency was fiercely and proudly Latina, and President Trump started his marketing campaign calling Mexicans “rapists,” loads of followers noticed this Super Bowl present as a protest in opposition to Trump’s border insurance policies and racist attitudes.

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Emme Muniz daughter of Jennifer Lopez performs in the course of the halftime present of Super Bowl LIV | Angela Weiss / AFP | ANGELA WEISS/AFP by way of Getty Images

Latina artistry was represented on Super Bowl Sunday

“OH. MY. GOD. THAT. HALFTIME. PERFORMANCE!!” one Tweeter wrote. “LATINAS REPRESENT!!! Show em how it is DONE what freaking inspirational queens.” Many Latinx folks have been impressed and proud to see Shakira and Lopez do their factor on the Super Bowl stage.

“I literally cried,” one tweeter wrote. “I cried as a result of I felt empowered by these LATINA QUEENS. I cried as a result of I noticed two girls who’ve been function fashions to me since I used to be younger. I’m Latina and I’m proud. Thank you @JLo and @shakira on your electrical efficiency.”

Some tweeters discovered the halftime efficiency inappropriate

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Shakira performs onstage in the course of the Pepsi Super Bowl LIV Halftime Show | Kevin Mazur/WireImage

Not everybody agreed, although, on the “inspirational” angle. One evaluate discovered it “FILTHY,” whereas others waxed poetic in regards to the long-term impact on impressionable teenagers.

As if fairly lately, Adam Levine didn’t roam round on the exact same stage utterly shirtless, and nobody appeared to care. As if, up till the purpose of the notorious costume malfunction, that Justin Timberlake and Janet Jackson efficiency was just a bit church play in regards to the energy of morality!

However, the unfavourable response to the Super Bowl is particularly fascinating in gentle of the truth that most music movies and massive pop artist performances, for essentially the most half, look quite a bit it. But as usually is the case in these movies, a male artist is utilizing feminine our bodies (the dancers) for sexual objectification; within the case of the Super Bowl, these two Latina artists with their very numerous dance crews have been having a celebration. They regarded like they have been having the time of their lives, to start with; and so they have been celebrating their tradition. It’s additionally fascinating to notice the essential response to the 2 girls’s fun-loving, upbeat performances. It goes to point out how mainstream media has performed an incredible job of constructing sure dance strikes, a few of which originate in African and tribal dance, inherently “sexy.” It’s all in the way in which you devour it, we suppose.

The Hill reported, actually, that Shakira (who’s Colombian and Lebanese) “incorporated the Champeta — a dance from her hometown of Barranquilla, Colombia — belly-dancing and Arab instruments (the mijwiz and derbeke) into her performance.”

The Super Bowl halftime present as a automobile for dialogue

The line between objectification and empowerment is hard, however it’s one thing that we’re all capable of perceive. (We simply by no means thought the Super Bowl halftime present can be the automobile with which to debate it).

However, we will nonetheless discover frequent floor today. For instance, let’s speak about how not truthful it’s that Lopez seems that bangin‘ at age 50.

“In a divided nation the one thing we can all agree on is J. Lo deserves an Oscar nom just for looking like this at 50,” someone wrote on Twitter.

If all else fails, cash talks; Shakira now has 4 songs streaming high ten on iTunes. So, it doesn’t actually matter, on the finish of the day, if randoms on Twitter clutched their pearls on the Super Bowl halftime. Shakira and Lopez will likely be laughing all the way in which to the financial institution, anyway.

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