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Super Bowl Halftime Show Received Over 1,300 Complaints: ‘This is Soft Porn!’
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For the next several years, and maybe decades, Kansas City Chiefs fans will be boasting about the amazing Super Bowl LIV comeback win over the San Francisco 49ers. In turn, Niners fans will be pouting until they win The Big Game again. Everyone else, well, will likely still be talking about the commercials, that Monday hangover, and the halftime performance.

The Pepsi Super Bowl LIV Halftime Show came and went without too much of a hiccup. Jennifer Lopez and Shakira rocked the Hard Rock Stadium stage in Miami with hit songs, shiny outfits and lots of dancing. There were no wardrobe malfunctions featuring Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake this year, but that didn’t stop some people from filling formal complaints against the Latina pop superstars.

According to multiple outlets, including WFAA in Dallas and TMZ Sports, the Federal Communications Commission — better known as the FCC — received a grand total of 1,312 complaints in the hours after the February 2 broadcast on FOX.

Super Bowl Halftime Show Complaints

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Over 100 million people tuned in for the football game that Sunday night. More than that have re-watched the J-Lo and Shakira Super Bowl performance on YouTube after the fact. But, man, some people were just flat-out pissed off with what came across their television screens.

According to WFAA, complaints came from 49 different states. Vermont was the only one not to write a message to the FCC. Texas had the most at nearly 140 complaints.

If you thought social media was bad, just wait until you read some of these scathing messages.

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“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. God forbid we expected to watch football and a quick concert but instead had our eyes molested.”

“The halftime show last night was beyond inappropriate. Shakira laying on her side gyrating like sex, Lopez on a stripper pole, Lopez bending over to expose her butt crack, both performers grabbing their vaginas, Shakira grinding her butt against some tinfoil wearing man’s penis. This was incredibly offensive. My children were watching.”

“Strip clubs have that crap with sluts performing like this! This is soft porn! Fine the NFL or stop the HALFTIME shows! Beyond INAPPROPRIATE!!! Honoring a dog killer now THIS! BOYCOTTING THE NFL!!!”

“Completely inappropriate half time-show with simulated orgies, stripping, and borderline pornography. This is a family event during prime time and should never have happened.”

“I applaud Shakira and Jennifer Lopez for being in amazing shape and having great voices, but that show was 100% about sex and NOT even remotely family friendly.”

“As a father of 2 teen girls I feel obligated, at this point, to file a complaint as I am at my wits end. That “show” should have been reserved for late night cable TV … As a society we are talking out of both sides of our mouths and confusing kids. We need to do better, much MUCH better. Please help put a stop this disgraceful type of behavior being pushed on our children.”

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Instead of complaining, one person even wrote in a suggestion for next year.

“No pole dancing, no nudity, no crotch grabbing, no indecent costumes. Just good music. Could be inspirational or uplifting or even patriotic.”

This is obviously a rather small number of complaints compared to the hundreds of millions who watched, but it’s still crazy to read some of these complaints.

Jennifer Lopez’s Daughter Joins Halftime Show

If Shakira’s “She Wolf,” “Hips Don’t Lie,” and “Whenever, Wherever” or Jennifer Lopez’s “Jenny From the Block,” “Waiting for Tonight,” and the “Mi gente/ Love Don’t Cost a Thing” medley didn’t set well, perhaps one moment did and was family family.

That’s when Lopez’s 11-year-old daughter Emme Maribel Muniz joined the stage to sing a “Born in the USA” medley before “Let’s Get Loud.”

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No matter how you feel about Shakira and Lopez’s performance, whether it was better or worse than previous acts like Lady Gaga, Beyonce, and Maroon 5, Alex Rodriguez sure enjoyed himself and that has to count for something.

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With over 10 years of sports writing experience, Brett has covered some of the top local, regional, and national sporting events in the Heartland for both print and digital platforms. He is a graduate of Kansas State University and resides in Austin, Texas.
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