The Pepsi Super Bowl LIV halftime show was disappointing and embarrassing to many of the 100 million that tuned into the game, including Christian evangelist the Rev. Franklin Graham.
The biggest professional sporting event in the United States was held in Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium and was expected to produce a magical halftime show for the audience. There is no disputing the superstar talent on stage.
Graham was disappointed with the sexuality, on display, noting impressionable young children everywhere would be influenced by these pop icons.
“I don’t expect the world to act like the church, but our country has had a sense of moral decency on prime time television in order to protect children. We see that disappearing before our eyes,” he said on Facebook.
“It was demonstrated tonight in the Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show—with millions of children watching. This exhibition was Pepsi showing young girls that sexual exploitation of women is okay. With the exploitation of women on the rise worldwide, instead of lowering the standard, we as a society should be raising it. I’m disappointed in Pepsi and the NFL.”
Other viewers agreed with Graham, “Me too, it was like a porn production,” one wrote.
“Totally agree. Time to bring back clean acts that everyone can watch with their whole family,” another remarked.
“Amen to that! So degrading. Filthy, as a matter of fact. Young minds are so impressionable,” another added.
Pop megastar Jennifer Lopez appeared gyrating down a stripper’s pole, reminiscent of her part in the movie “Hustlers,” with constant hip gyrating and crotch-grabbing moves, the act would have been at home in a sleazy nightclub for adults. Her 11-year-old daughter crawled out of a cage, along with other children to join in the singing.
The political message of undocumented cases of children at the border being locked in cages and separated from their parents didn’t escape Twitter users, “How is no one talking about this powerful yet subtle statement,” one Twitter user wrote shortly after the performance.
Did anyone else catch this during JLo and Shakira halftime Super Bowl performance? “ Kids in cages, let’s get loud!” transitioning to “Born in the USA”#DontLookAway #ClosetheCamps ✊🏽 pic.twitter.com/U8LXw5c9wt
— Jesus Lizarraga Estrada (@hey_seusss) February 3, 2020
“While most tweets have been overwhelmingly positive, some are questioning the sexuality of the duo’s entire performance with others saying the cages reminded them of sex trafficking — particularly of children — during a game known to be a magnet for trafficking.” reports the Miami Herald.