The Super Bowl Halftime Show: Good or Bad?

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Coldplay during Super Bowl 50's halftime show.

Nic Dokman, Staff Writer

Super Bowl Sunday was a great night. The Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers both had quality games, and it was a great night to remember. The real controversy is about what happened at halftime. Shakira Mebarak and Jeniffer Lopez, two outstanding musicians, did the performance for the halftime show.  Some believe the halftime show was marvelous, and others believe it may be a little PG-13, and inappropriate for some of the audience. 

Also, the point of a halftime show is to create an electric atmosphere—one where people can just let it out and go crazy. So, in that aspect, I think they did a phenomenal job.”

— Nic Dokman

“It was pure self-objectification, flaunting feminine sexual appeal for the purpose of titillation,” said Kyle Smith. Kyle Smith is a writer for the National review who was not happy about the performance. This is the voice of one, but I feel this statement speaks for the voice of many around America. Although Shakira and Jeniffer Lopez put on a great show, it wasn’t a halftime show meant for families with children of all ages across America. The outfits were very provocative and sexually suggestive, so it wasn’t age-appropriate for children. I can see how this show could upset many feminist people throughout America, as well as, parents who don’t want their children to be exposed to the outfits and “dance moves” at such a young age. 

On the other hand, Shakira and Jeniffer Lopez did their job in that they made the Superbowl LIV halftime show one to remember. Because, I have a feeling that whoever was at that game, women or man, kid or parent, that no one will forget that halftime show. Also, the point of a halftime show is to create an electric atmosphere—one where people can just let it out and go crazy. So, in that aspect, I think they did a phenomenal job.