Halftime Show Sparks Controversy


This past Sunday, the Super Bowl LIV Halftime show was broadcasted to millions of viewers. The exciting performance had everyone talking. In my opinion, it was one of the biggest halftime shows since Beyonce and Bruno Mars. 

Jenifer Lopez and Shakira, the Latin pop singers, made the stage their own once again. They had a lot of surprises and twists that made their performance memorable. If I can say for myself this was a loud and entertaining performance, the culture-driven show spoke volumes. 

I personally watched it when it aired and I thought it had received some backlash from the social media reactions. The lows of the performance were when Shakira screamed into the mic, which resulted in her being taunted on social media for that loud scream. Another low of the performance was people had a problem with the pole being on stage. According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, “Twelve minutes of two half-naked women hip gyrating, pelvic thrusting, pole dancing and otherwise cavorting on stage is not my idea of proper entertainment for families watching a football game with their children.” The way I see it is that poles are used as exercise tools. Plenty of stars have used exercising tools as objects for shows and concerts. 

In the midst of the lows, the performance had plenty of highs. I love that Lopez brought her daughter on stage to sing with her and the children's choir. I think America’s heart dropped for that moment. The costumes were amazing and it added to their wonderful performance. Lopez lived up to her fashion icon status with the glamorous outfits she wore. Lopez and Shakira sang their classic songs which might have been the best part. Who doesn’t like a little throwback from the 90s and the 2000s?  

During the halftime show, people had a hit and miss with the Kobe and Gianna Bryant tribute. According to CNN entertainment, “An overhead shot of the field showed a giant cross, which lit up in purple and yellow, the colors of the Los Angeles Lakers for whom Bryant played for from 1996 until his retirement in 2016.” This took place during the singing of Lopez and her daughter. Some fans were very disappointed in the tribute because they didn’t get the “heartfelt” that Lopez promised. Other fans thought Bad Bunny, another Latin singer who performed with Shakira and Jennifer Lopez, who wrote the song called “6 rings” which was a tribute to Kobe Bryant, was very heartfelt.  

So, I think the performance had some critical social media reaction but in all, it was a great entertaining performance. A halftime show for the Super Bowl should always be entertaining and I think the two pop stars fulfilled that role. We all can appreciate the cultural meaning of this show, two Latino women took the stage in Miami and dominated it and made it one of the best Super Bowl performances of all time. 

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