Last night’s Superbowl Halftime show tried to offer viewers as much as possible in terms of visual and music entertainment. But, while many took to social media to discuss the family-friendly rating of some of the choices, others were more interested in the political messages.
Both Shakira and J.Lo brought their cultural heritage to the show and didn’t hold back.
This was really a show of two halves, with both superstars given time to showcase their biggest hits and best choreography in the time allowed. But, there was a strong theme of cultural diversity with these Latina stars clearly unafraid to express their heritage.
J.Lo quickly reminded us that she was still “Jenny from the Block” with a nod to her Bronx roots and later wore a dual-sided cape with the American and Puerto Rican flags. Shakira, meanwhile, took the time to perform an extraordinary rope dance and a zaghrouta that was, sadly, lost in translation behind a flood of memes.
Themes of restriction and immigration ran through the show. The rope dance by Shakira represented a form of bondage and restriction on ethnic minorities. What was far less subtle was the image of Hispanic children in individual cages, which served as a reminder of the treatment of families on the border. The decision to have Lopez’s daughter emerge from one cage pushed the message further, and mother and daughter would sing a medley of Born In The USA and Let’s Get Loud. The former was seemingly a reminder that Puerto Rico-born children are Americans too, and the latter a call for American’s to take a stand. Two beautiful and talented women demonstrated that passion and music are timeless and transcend all cultures.