Dear Super Bowl LIV, That Wasn’t a Performance, That Was Porn

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It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that Super Bowl Sunday is a family affair. But after the Halftime Show at Super Bowl LIV, I feel it is safe to say, the NFL is no longer a friend to families.

My heart sank last night as I watched Jennifer Lopez appear on stage, wrapped around a stripper pole.

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But the real fumes started blowing when she popped a squat toward the camera in her two-sided thong and buttless chaps. JLo proceeded to do a striptease pole dance while scantily-dressed backup dancers simulated an orgy.

This wasn’t a performance, this was borderline pornography.

The NFL is no longer a friend to families

The FCC has rules about decency on network television between certain hours when children are watching. It is well established that children are watching during the Super Bowl.

According to the FCC, Federal law prohibits obscene, indecent and profane content from being broadcast on the radio or TV.

If seeing Jennifer Lopez in a sheer costume that outlined EVERY curve and just barely covered her lady parts isn’t considered “indecent,” then porn would be allowed on television.

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And listen, I’m not surprised. It’s not like the Super Bowl Halftime Show has ever really been all that wholesome. This isn’t the first (or the last) time we’ve been victims of “shock factor.” But it still doesn’t justify half-dressed women being forced on my family while I’m re-filling my plate with appetizers in the kitchen.

This shot of JLo, bent over with exposed butt cheeks was the nail in the coffin for me. The only thing separating her butt hole from the camera was a pair of sheer stockings and a black thong.

And if the clothing choices and gyrating movements weren’t enough, the cameramen made sure to zoom in on her crotch for 80% of the performance.

It’s not so much a matter of how much or how little clothing they had on (although, I’m really not here for JLo’s bare buns). It’s the fact that the whole thing was SO sexualized. Figure skaters and Olympic gymnasts wear leotards, Volleyball players wear booty shorts. Heck, most of us wear bikinis to the beach at some point or another. But it’s all in how we as women represent the clothing we put on our body.

And that performance my friends, no matter how great she looked in her 50-year-old body doing it, is not how I want my daughters to feel “empowered.”

I shouldn’t have to send my kids out of the room because there’s a live stripper molesting my TV screen on the program we trusted to be safe for them.

The performance garnered just as much praise as it did backlash, with viewers taking to Twitter, thanking J-Lo for her empowerment of women.

I’m sorry, no.

This is not empowering. This is glorifying an industry that exists to exploit women.

Did you know that the majority of strippers active in the U.S. have been raped and abused as children?

  • The average age they give birth to their own children is between 14-16 years old.
  • Most strippers live in poverty, will eventually suffer from AIDS or herpes, STD’s, and have a high incidence of cancer.

Jennifer Lopez is fortunate enough that when she dances on a strip pole, it’s not a form of slavery.

But in a time when women have a louder voice and more power than ever to advocate for other women, I’m sorry, a 50-year-old woman and MOTHER dancing around like a porn star on television is not empowering.

Yes, she looks incredible. Yes, mama’s got moves. Yes, even at fifty years old, she’s still Jenny from the Block. But as a good friend of mine said, Jenny from the Block could cover up a bit and still be Jenny from the Block.

National Football League, you are no longer a friend to families.

Where are the protectors of women and children? Where is the trust that you are ambassadors for the next generation of men? The ones who will be broadcasted playing this exact game years from now. Please take seriously your responsibility to protect young eyes.

The last time the NFL gave us an over sexualized performance was in 2004. It cost CBS $550,000 in fines after broadcasting Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake’s “wardrobe malfunction.”

These networks, and the associations we are so loyal to, do not have our family’s best interest in mind.

Friends, there are so many other ways to empower women–especially when you have an influence like JLo. I wish her position here wasn’t taken so lightly.

We have to be the protectors of young eyes. If you would like to see the FCC pull out their manuals on this one, you can file a complaint here.


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Bri Lamm
Bri Lamm is the Editor of ForEveryMom.com! An outgoing introvert with a heart that beats for adventure, she lives to serve the Lord, experience the world, and eat macaroni and cheese all while capturing life’s greatest moments on one of her favorite cameras. Follow her on Facebook!