OP-ED: Latinas take on the Superbowl’s halftime show

Antonia Gutierrez, Staff Writer

This year’s Superbowl was an unforgettable one. Katie Sowers became the first woman to coach in a Superbowl. Demi Lovato showed through her National Anthem performance that anyone can overcome anything. Shakira and Jennifer Lopez killed the halftime show and became the first Latinas to headline a Super Bowl. Talk about women empowerment.
Shakira and Jennifer Lopez were the leading lineups for the 2020 Super Bowl at the Hard Rock Stadium. J Balvin and Bad Bunny, who are less popular Latin artists, also appeared during their performances.
Shakira and Lopez performed some of their most popular songs including, “Whenever, Wherever” and “Dance on the Floor.” They had amazing choreography, although Shakira faced some controversy afterward, mainly since her hips do not lie. Some people went to social media and criticized her for her outfits and dance choices, saying that it wasn’t appropriate or family-friendly.
Lopez also faced some criticism. She had some choreography that resembled a strip club, and there was the inclusion of sex appeal during their performance.
Lopez also had a very political message in mind during her performance. The lights went out and when the lights came back on, there were kids in cages, representing some of the migrant policies that Donald Trump has put in place. Lopez’s daughter then came out and sang, “Let’s Get Loud,” to prove that Latinos are not going to keep quiet about the problems that are happening.
At the end of her performance, Lopez came out with a Puerto Rican and United States flag, representing her culture. For those who do not know, Shakira is Columbian and Lebanese. Her performance was very cultural, and her Lebanese heritage shined through in a way that no one anticipated or noticed. There was a part where she had her tongue moving in front of the camera, and to most people, it just seemed like something silly or a burst of energy, but it is a reference to her Lebanese background.
The overall performance left many Latinos around the country proud, while it left many others wondering what Shakira and Lopez’s skincare secret was.