Shakira, J-Lo’s age-defying half-time show clouded by ‘kids in cages’ and US flag controversy

US singer Jennifer Lopez (R) and Colombian singer Shakira perform (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP) (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP via Getty Images)

Super Bowl LIV’s halftime show scored big in terms of generating attention. Many were blown away by the elaborate, high energy performances turned in by Jennifer Lopez and Shakira, especially given their combined ages of 93, but it wasn’t without controversy.

Unfortunately, it was hard to miss the perceived political statements buzzed about on social media. J-Lo busted out the Puerto Rican flag to make a point about Puerto Rico being a part of the United States. Fans celebrated this as a middle finger to President Trump, of course.

Then there were the “Latin children in cages.”

The perception was that the field was covered with Latin children in cages to symbolize resistance toward Trump’s immigration policy. There is no confirmation that this was the motive, but it did leave that impression with some.

In pure entertainment terms, marks were high:

On the other hand, there were those who objected to the decidedly un-family-friendly nature of the pole-dancing stars’ costumes and  moves.

The big game was in Miami and the halftime extravaganza featured an appropriately multi-cultural flavor. Politics aside, the two Latina superstars went non-stop in their suggestive, intense dance numbers that left many viewers in a sweat.

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The fact that the women on stage, with J-Lo at age 50 and Shakira at 43, were aggressively driving such a dynamic stage program, dancing and singing to the biggest live audience of the year, was impressive.

ariana grande: god is a woman

jlo: jesus is a

— Vale (@lokalni_alkos) February 3, 2020

J-Lo’s 11-year-old daughter Emme Maribel Muñiz participated in two songs and she delivered a noteworthy vocal performance …

Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Getty Images

Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio weighed in with their opinions and left no doubt of where they stood on the matter …

For better or for worse, untold numbers of children were watching the show …

By the way, the final score of the game was Kansas City 31, San Francisco 20 … the first Super Bowl win for the Chiefs in 50 years.


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