Jennifer Lopez and Shakira shut down the Super Bowl halftime show this year with a spectacular joint performance but unfortunately, there’s a few people in America who simply didn’t get it. The FCC has received over 1300 complaints following the performance on Feb. 2nd because parents appeared to think that this was inappropriate for their children’s eyes.
What We Know:
- The FCC is the federal agency that regulates TV broadcasts, making sure they’re appropriate for the channels and times they air. That includes making sure programming like the Super Bowl halftime show is, in fact, “family friendly,” since it airs on a channel and during a time that it’s likely kids will be watching.
- The most common complaint seemed to be about the appropriateness, with some suggesting it should have had an R rating attached to it.
“What a disgraceful and disgusting halftime show! It’s time to shut that down! Women who willingly strutted on stage looking more like street corner girls. In this day with all the sex trafficking, sexual abuse scandals, pornography, etc.…. Really??? Beyond poor choice for the broadcasters and the “artists”! Bring back the marching bands in full uniform!”- The complaint read.
- Another viewer from Michigan filed a complaint before the game even concluded. Another viewer from Tennessee likened the halftime show to content seen on X-rated TV.
- A New York viewer said, “The halftime show was very sexual in nature. I have never seen so many sex poses outside porn magazines,” noting the “sexy tongue wagging” and extreme “booty shaking”.
- Reviews of the halftime show were mostly positive, with the New York Times describing it as “euphoria with a purpose” and a “no-nonsense affirmation of Latin pride and cultural diversity in a political climate where immigrants and American Latinos have been widely demonized”.
- The most complaints came from Texas, where nearly 140 were filed with the FCC, the report said.
At the end of the day, the complainers are just that. Complainers. The FCC didn’t issue any fines because the Super Bowl halftime show didn’t break any rules.