J-Lo, Shakira Super Bowl halftime show led to more than 1,300 FCC complaints
The halftime performance that Jennifer Lopez and Shakira headlined at Super Bowl LIV earlier this month received some backlash from people who thought it was a bit too promiscuous, and hundreds of those people were so bothered by it that they filed formal complaints.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) received more than 1,300 complaints from viewers who felt the halftime show was inappropriate, according to records obtained by WFAA’s Ryan Wood. The complaints cited issues involving “extreme booty shaking” and content that “would have been considered soft porn not many years ago.”
“I do not subscribe to The Playboy Channel, we do not buy porn for $20 a flick, we simply wanted to sit down as a family and watch the Super Bowl,” one viewer from Tennessee wrote. “God forbid we expected to watch football and a quick concert but instead had our eyes molested.”
Some people were upset that no public warnings were given before the show, believing it encouraged sex trafficking and other illegal activity.
Of course, there were millions of other people who enjoyed the performance, and J-Lo’s husband Alex Rodriguez was one of them. Some were put off by the outfits Lopez and Shakiri wore, which could have been considered a bit revealing. Shakira also wagged her tongue at one point during the performance.
J-Lo described the backlash as “silliness” when discussing it at an award show the week after the Super Bowl.
“Both of us are really respectful performers who are moms and have kids and are very conscious of what we do,” Lopez said. “We did a show that I believe was a celebration of women and our Latino culture that I think was really well received.”
While more than 1,300 complaints may sound like a lot, that number is nothing compared to the more than 500,000 FCC complaints that were filed following Janet Jackson’s infamous wardrobe malfunction years ago.