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Jennifer Lopez receives backlash after saying Super Bowl performance with Shakira was 'the worst idea in the world'

By Raychele Mendoza Published Jun 16, 2022 4:23 pm

Jennifer Lopez has caught flak over comments she made in her new documentary Halftime about her iconic 2020 Super Bowl halftime performance with fellow Latina star Shakira.

The film mainly gave a behind-the-scenes look at J.Lo and her team’s creative process. At one point, Lopez shared her frustration with music director Kim Burse saying over the performance.

“We have six f–king minutes. We have 30 seconds of a song, and if we take a minute, that’s it, we’ve got five left. But, there’s got to be certain songs that we sing, though. We have to have our singing moments. It’s not going to be a dance f–king revue. We have to sing our message. This is the worst idea in the world to have two people do the Super Bowl. It was the worst idea in the world,” she said. 

“If it was going to be a double-headliner, they should have given us 20 minutes. That’s what they should’ve f–king done,” she added. 

In one of the scenes, the On the Floor singer highlighted that she wants to deliver a performance with a lot of significance saying, “I’m trying to give you something with substance, not just us out there shaking our fucking asses and fucking belly dancing.” 
“I want something real. I want something that’s gonna make a statement, that’s gonna say we belong here and we have something to offer.” 
Some viewers have also noticed this might have been a jab at Shakira since she is well known for her belly dancing moves.  
Some online called Lopez's remarks as "
Bitter, loud & wrong.” 

One, meanwhile, called the remarks as "tone-deaf."

Some, however, said the statements were taken out of context, and that Lopez was not putting down Shakira.

“Jlo is quite literally praising Shakira in her #Halftime doc, saying they both deserved 12/13 minutes and not to have to share that usual time slot for one act. People get mad about anything,” one commented on Twitter.

Another Twitter user said that Lopez "wasn't complaining about sharing with Shakira, rather she wanted to make a great show and was collaborative.”

“She didn't not want to perform the halftime with Shakira, she only felt that the need for having two latinas to perform when usually they have only one artist headlining the performance was unfair. Her statement was really taken outta context,” another user said.

Shakira has not yet reacted to Lopez’s remarks and to fan tweets about the matter.