Here are a few examples of the kinds of complaints the FCC received.
Who ever green lit that display of crotch shots and too much skin exposed along with stripper poles and S&M outfits should be fired. It’s 8:30PM, kids are still up watching the game. What the hell? I’m sure that there are lots of parents explaining that’s not really how one should behave in public. Is this really what we can expect? I’m out. I don’t watch porn and don’t want it mixed up with football. Boooo," wrote one viewer from Tennessee.
"Outfits worn by lead singers were in very poor taste and pornographic. The hip thrusting and movements on the center stage were absolutely not appropriate for a family viewing audience," wrote a viewer from Nebraska.
"I am disgusted by the pornographic Super Bowl Halftime Show performed by Jennifer Lopez and Shakira on 02 Feb 2020 on Fox. Such an unscrupulous, overt display encourages the sexual subjugation of young women while stimulating the sexual underworld and the sex trade. Please enforce some decency standards and protect our daughters from the normalization of objectification," wrote a viewer from Colorado.
"I do not subscribe to The Playboy Channel, we do not buy porn for $20 a flick, we simply wanted to sit down as a family and watch the Super Bowl. God forbid we expected to watch football and a quick concert but instead had our eyes molested," wrote another viewer from Tennessee.
There are a lot of accusations that call the performance "porn," "soft porn," "pornographic," and such. There are accusations of the performance going against the #MeToo movement as well saying that it encouraged sex trafficking.
Where was all this indignation when Adam Levine took his shirt off?
During the 2019 halftime show, Adam Levine took his shirt off and performed a good chunk of the show topless. Were people upset by his sweaty, toned, tattooed torso? How many complaints were filed because he was showing too much skin? About 50. Yup, about 50 people complained after seeing Adam Levine take his shirt off and gyrate his man parts. That's not a lot.
Also, let's keep the complaints in perspective.
According to Variety, Super Bowl LIV was watched by 102 million people. That means that if 1,312 people complained that's .00128% of total viewers. The complaints are getting a lot of attention, maybe more than they deserve considering how small the percentage is.
Another thing to keep in mind is that even if J.Lo and Shakira were wearing outfits that revealed a lot of skin, were they really? On the lower halves of their bodies both women seem to be wearing flesh-toned body stockings that are holding everything in place and ensuring that there would be no wardrobe malfunctions. Adam Levine, on the other hand, was totally bare everywhere that he was bare.
Make up your own mind.
Watch Shakira and Jennifer Lopez's performance again--or for the first time--and make up your mind for yourself. I myself am a mother and I watched the performance live. Not once was I offended. Instead, I was amazed by these women. Their strength and talent was on full display and I was incredibly proud to see two Latina women take the stage and set it on freakin' fire.