JLo Vents About the Super Bowl in Netflix Documentary

Jennifer Lopez and Shakira wowed audiences in February 2020 with a long Super Bowl halftime act that seamlessly blended spectacle and politics.

However, Lopez admits in “Halftime,” a new documentary that premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival on Wednesday, that the months and weeks building up to the performance were far from easy.

Lopez tries to remain quiet about rumors that she’s the “front-runner” for the halftime performance in frank interviews and behind-the-scenes video taken by filmmaker Amanda Micheli in the summer of 2019. So when it’s announced that she’ll be joined by Shakira in September, Lopez’s team considers it a snub to both women, implying that the NFL doesn’t feel Latinas can command the world’s greatest platform on their own.

What did Jennifer Lopez Say About the Super Bowl Performance?

To be precise, Lopez does not blame Shakira, and throughout the documentary, both musicians are shown cooperating and supporting one another. Lopez, on the other hand, isn’t shy when it comes to the NFL. “If it was gonna be a double headliner, they should’ve given us 20 (expletive) minutes,” she tells Shakira over the phone, after agreeing to divide their 12-minute performance time.

Jennifer Lopez attempts to work out her Super Bowl set list with her music director later in the film, expressing displeasure with the limited number of songs she can actually perform in the six minutes given to her”. It’s the worst idea in the world to have two people do the Super Bowl,” JLo adds.

The singer becomes upset initially in the documentary when addressing former President Donald Trump’s anti-immigration stance, describing how his frightening language prompted her to make a message with her Super Bowl appearance.

More than a dozen youngsters emerged on the football field in light-up cages during the halftime performance, which they subsequently marched out of singing Jennifer Lopez’s “Let’s Get Loud” as well as Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the USA.”

They were soon joined by Lopez, who was draped in a Puerto Rican flag. Higher-ups in the NFL were concerned that the cages would be “too political,” and advised her to remove the enormous Venus sign for “woman” off the stage, claiming it was too intense.

The video concludes with her appearance at President Joe Biden’s inauguration in January 2021, leaving out her separation from¬†Alex Rodriguez and her reconciliation with Ben Affleck last year. (However, Affleck does appear in a quick talking-head interview discussing Lopez’s handling of tabloid mocking and bad publicity.)

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