FCC: Jennifer Lopez & Shakira’s Super Bowl Halftime Show Drew Over 1,300 Complaints

Published: Wednesday 26th Feb 2020 by Rashad

Despite earning praise aplenty from many of the 102 million who tuned in to watch, pole dancing, belly dancing, big big booties, and bared midriffs proved to be too much to bear for some viewers of Jennifer Lopez and Shakira‘s 2020 Super Bowl Halftime Show – as evidenced by the whopping 1300+ complaints lodged against it to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

The FCC – which acts as the United States’ “primary authority for communications law, regulation, and technological innovation” – recently revealed some of the grievances filed against the NFL and FOX (the network that broadcast the football championship) thanks to the ‘sexually charged’ showing of the two Latin superstars.

With objections to the content labelled everything from ‘X-rated’ to ‘softcore porn,’ look inside to see highlights:

CNN reports:

“The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) received 1,312 complaints from viewers who had something to say about the halftime show featuring pop queens Shakira and Jennifer Lopez.
The singers danced on poles, twerked, belly danced and made more than a few sexually suggestive gestures.”
Some of the complaints:
  • “Jennifer Lopez’s performance at the Super Bowl halftime show was extremely explicit and completely unacceptable for a event where families including children are watching,” a Utah viewer said. “I had to send my children out of the room so that they weren’t exposed to something they should not have seen.”
  • “My family was very excited to watch the Super Bowl tonight,” a viewer from Washington complained. “However, I was not prepared to explain to my 11 yo daughter why Jennifer Lopez was dressed so scantily or why she kept grabbing her crotch…”
  • “The half time show was very sexual in nature. I have never seen so many sex poses outside porn magazines,” a New York viewer said. They also complained about “sexy tongue wagging” and “butt shaking.”
  • “What are you teaching young girls?” a Wisconsin viewer said. “Dance around half naked to make men excited then claim #MeToo for harassment? It’s ok to be some sexual being and shake your naked rear end and expose your crotch and dance on a pole in front of the world?”
  • “In our country there has been a push for women’s rights and more opportunities along with the Me too movement which is a good thing,” one Ohio viewer said. “This takes us back to where women get their worth from their sexuality not their brains/personality and I don’t appreciate it on a family friendly broadcast.”
  • “This is not appropriate family entertainment as the Super Bowl advertises. It was appalling! And then having young girls join the spectacle,” a Kentucky viewer said. “No wonder there is sex trafficking when you call this family entertainment. And where’s the Me Too women? Do you not see the hypocrisy?”
  • “Jlo grabbed her crotch, danced on a stripper pole,” said a Pennsylvania viewer. “Costumes were barely there! With everything going on now with the Me Too movement this is not something that should have been on TV prime time.”
  • “Jennifer Lopez’s gyrating on a stripper pole with her butt and her crotch smack in front of my eyes, my husband and children was an affront to women and children and violates your rules,” one person from Tennessee said. “I will be boycotting Pepsi and their products and unless you can guarantee a decent half time show next year, we will boycott the Super Bowl.
  • “It was EXTREMELY offensive to me and my family. Together, those who object will boycott Pepsi and the NFL if this is acceptable entertainment for their games,” another viewer from Maryland complained.
  • “I am appalled at how a television network allowed such a disgusting display of the degrading of women and basically a porn show during the hours of family viewing,” a New Jersey viewer said. “This has pushed me to boycott this network and the NFL. Both obviously missed the description of what it is to empower a woman.”


Although complaints to the FCC about the Super Bowl Halftime Show are far from a rare occurrence, female performers have historically been on the receiving end of more backlash than their male counterparts.  As we reported here, last year’s Maroon 5-led halftime spectacle only received 94 complaints despite the band’s leader – Adam Levine – performing topless.  Before that, official grievances against Justin Timberlake‘s 2018 and Bruno Mars‘ 2015 outings were scant.

Granted, Katy Perry (2014) and Lady Gaga‘s (2017) safe performances left viewers relatively unscathed as neither saw complaints reach triple digits, Madonna (2012) and Beyonce (2013 and 2016), on the other hand, both ruffled considerable feathers.

The all-time record is still held by pop Queen Janet Jackson, however, as her 2004 nipple-baring show raked in over 500,000 complaints.

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  1. Lanafan1 February 26, 2020

    No one cares. Tell them to STFU

  2. ERIC February 26, 2020

    People don’t want to look at 2004 from a different perspective. There were more than 144 million viewers that night, which means 500,000 doesn’t hardly represent the majority. I’m still angry about how Janet was treated. She doesn’t get enough credit for grinding and fighting her way back from being blacklisted. Michael and Janet have experienced some of the worst treatment from the industry and media and sadly it hasn’t stopped. I’ll be sending Janet plenty of love from row 3 when she comes here on her next tour.

  3. Lmfao_Hoe February 26, 2020

    Man f*** those haters periods. From Janet, Madonna, Beyonce and now JlO and Shakira They knew what they were getting from these ladies musically, imagery, and performance wise all before stepped foot on that platform cut the bs.

  4. Lmfao_Hoe February 26, 2020

    It’s because of bs like this too why Damita Joe didn’t do well smh. Just like justice for Glitter Damita Joe deserves more recognition ????

    • Shayla Queen ? February 27, 2020

      I have been playing Damita Jo so much recently, especially “My Baby!” ?

  5. BeyHiveBlast February 27, 2020

    I’m surprised no one complained that J.Lip and Synchkira weren’t singing live xD

  6. XYZ February 27, 2020

    America. Children can have guns, are not Safe in school, they can go to military. But beware if they see a female Body!

    No one said a thing when Adam Levine ran around topless.

  7. Glazba February 27, 2020

    They need to STFU seriously lol

  8. Drinkmybussyjuice February 27, 2020

    A bunch of white ppl complaining

  9. Rashad February 27, 2020

    These “Karen’s” had no problem lusting over Adam Levine and watching him dance around half naked. Girl bye

    This kind of Women always hating on women needs to stop

  10. Gus February 27, 2020

    Sounds like these people complaining must be white. We live in the United f****** States where racism still exists! This is ridiculous!!

    To the complainers:
    Jlo and Shakira are two pop Latina artists! Look yo their previous work before the super bowl before you b**** about what you saw. For the record, we are in 2020 what makes you think your kid(s) are not being exposed to “soft p***” by their peers!? Naive much!!

  11. Kevon February 27, 2020

    They need to stfu and go to the gym…. jlo and shakira rock it

  12. Adonis February 27, 2020

    These complaints just make me wanna watch again ? tbh I was surprised nobody complained about Shakira aka an Arab girl, dancing to traditional Arabic music in a traditional arab way all the while singing in Spanish lol the sound of the darbuka must have seriously riled up some trumptards

    • #TheTruth February 28, 2020

      While promoting the Superbowl, she kept mentioning representing Latinas and the Latin community in general.

      She NEVER talked about her Lebanese origins and reppin Middle Eastern.
      I know it is less commercial appealing since there’s no Lebanese singer being a major wordwide phenomenon on the charts.
      But she should talk more about it.

      Just like Mariah never talk about her Venezuelan origins, even if technically it’s just a quarter of her roots.

  13. Gworl Bye February 27, 2020


  14. I love big black c** February 27, 2020

    Complain about what? Coz both ladies are super awesome??? Get a life people! Probably some stupid white old folks complained and what they did is hate crime!!!

  15. #TheTruth February 27, 2020

    Should we even be surprised with those fake prude Americans ?

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