Jennifer Lopez and Shakira captured cultural diversity during the Superbowl halftime. Two women, embracing their Latino cultures: Jennifer Lopez-Puerto Rican/ American, Shakira- Colombian/ Arabic.
I feel these two women who have worked their entire careers to liberate themselves from the expectations placed on women of their generation—might well have just changed the world. Together they made a strong presentation.
“I think Latinos are going through a difficult time in the U.S. right now, and I think it’s very important for us to convey a message of unity and also to show what a relevant force the Latino community is in this country, how much we have to offer, our idiosyncrasies, our culture that is so diverse, ” Shakira.
“I want this to be a big celebration and a big party, an inclusive party. I want to inspire many men and women and Latinos and people around the world to dream as big as they can,” Lopez said in an Instagram story before the game.
About three-quarters of the way through the show, a group of kids in single “cages” performed, including Lopez’s daughter, who led a chorus of children all wearing sweatshirts with the American flag on them singing “Let’s Get Loud.”
It was a bold statement, reflecting on the crisis of the many children detained at the borders — the children taking center stage by singing out the awareness of the countless silent voices. For a few seconds, you can feel the painful reminder of the obliteration of the youngsters enclosed. The performance filtered through the deep wounds.
Overall, the half time show was an all-inclusive celebration, a celebration that integrates cultures and diversity through music and song. And with that comes vulgar remarks, hatred, and disappointment from others.
I have learned that you can’t please everyone in the world. You will always have haters and discontentment in society: Life is a circle of positive and negative, yin and yang, right and wrong. It is part of the culture of living.
Of course, everyone has their own opinion of the Super Bowl show and its performance. And that is what makes us humanoid.
Whether the performance was electrifying, sexy, bold, creative, inspiring, or provoking, one thing does stand out, and that is Women are becoming the voices of humanity.