Performer Jennifer Lopez has responded to intense criticism of her Super Bowl halftime show.
Christian leader Franklin Graham issued a statement expressing his disappointment after the show writing:
I don’t expect the world to act like the church, but our country has had a sense of moral decency on prime time television in order to protect children.
We see that disappearing before our eyes. It was demonstrated tonight in the Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show—with millions of children watching.
This exhibition was Pepsi showing young girls that sexual exploitation of women is okay. With the exploitation of women on the rise worldwide, instead of lowering the standard, we as a society should be raising it.
Lopez is claiming the show was about female empowerment and insists it was “well reserved.”
She also claims only a small minority are complaning.
USA Today reports Jennifer Lopez is reflecting on last weekend’s Super Bowl halftime show and shared that she wanted the performance, led by two Latinas – her and Shakira – to have an empowering message for women.
“I wanted it to be like women are on top of the world, we’re on top of the world right now. On top of the Empire State Building and do ‘Jenny from the Block,'” Lopez told Fallon.
Another memorable part of the halftime show was Lopez’s pole-dancing.
“That was my little nod to ‘Hustlers,’ I was like, ‘I learned some pole things, lemme see what I could do, we can put it in there,’” she said about the film where she plays a stripper who scams her Wall Street clients.. “And I felt, again, it was a very powerful move.”
Lopez’s pole-dancing combined intricate choreography from her and Shakira didn’t sit well with some people. After their high-energy performance, the duo sparked an online debate: is a show filled with scantily clad women, suggestive dance moves and pole-dancing empowering, objectifying or something that should come with a parental warning?
“I think that’s honestly silliness,” Lopez told Variety at the Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday.
She continued: “Both of us are really respectful performers who are moms and have kids and are very conscious of what we do. We did a show that I believe was a celebration of women and our Latino culture that I think was really well reserved. And that small faction of people who want to be negative about it, I can’t even let in because it was such an amazing night.”
Lopez said she’s proud of her and Shakira’s performance and that it delivered an empowering message.
“The message of standing up for yourself, being a woman, that’s what I want to pass on to little girls… everything about you – be proud of it,” she said. “I’m very proud of the performance that night.”