FCC Got 1,300 Complaints About​ the Super Bowl Halftime Show

Published on February 26, 2020

You can’t please everybody. Jennifer Lopez and Shakira put on an explosive Super Bowl halftime show, making us all collectively forget the horrors of last year’s Maroon 5 performance. They put on a damn good show. It was fun, sexy, and artful, like when Lopez was surrounded by bodies looking like a goddess. What an epic image. Well, some boring moms and dads took serious issue with the PG-13 imagery of it all. There were over 1,300 complaints filed to the FCC about it. 

The Halftime Show

It was a very PG-13 and tame halftime show. There was nothing more revealing than last year when Adam Levine took off his shirt and forced the entire world to watch him dance and sing shirtless as if he’s Iggy Pop. People complained then, too, but not as much as they’re complaining now. Overall, this year’s halftime show was a very well-received performance, but a few voices whined about the sexiness of the show. Their eyes simply could not handle the pole dancing, twerking, and dance moves. 

100 Million Watched

Keep in mind, over 100 million people tuned in to watch the Super Bowl on Fox this year. Out of those 100 million, only 1,300 were bothered or bored enough to write about their grievances to the FCC. The main complaint is some parents felt their children were subjected to a “porno show,” suggesting they’ve never seen a “porno show” in their entire adult lives. 

The Complaints 

CNN got their hands on some of these complaints. They’re equally comical and frightening looks into the minds of strangers. Here are a handful of the complaints, which most likely, are similar in tone and view as the rest of the complaints:

  1. “Jennifer Lopez’s performance at the Super Bowl halftime show was extremely explicit and completely unacceptable for a event where families including children are watching. I had to send my children out of the room so that they weren’t exposed to something they should not have seen.”
  2. “My family was very excited to watch the Super Bowl tonight. However, I was not prepared to explain to my 11 yo daughter why Jennifer Lopez was dressed so scantily or why she kept grabbing her crotch. My daughter was asking if she was feeling sick from having so much skin showing.”
  3. “The half time show was very sexual in nature. I have never seen so many sex poses outside porn magazines.” 
  4. “A disgusting spectacle was on display during the halftime show of the Super Bowl yesterday and I’m sickened by the idea that this was broadcast in to so many homes in America and possibly around the world. Selling sex seems to be the job nowadays, despite human trafficking and the Me Too movement. Shame on Fox.”

What’s ironic is, some of the complaints are far more offensive than the actual Super Bowl halftime show. The FCC received some truly ugly statements about the performance. They’re not worth taking seriously in the slightest, though. At the end of the day, it that hard to turn off a television? Is it that difficult to tell the kids to take a hike for a couple of minutes? For these people, yes, apparently it is.

A Very Insignificant Pepsi Boycott

Some of these complainers are going the extra mile. A disgruntled handful of men and women warned the FCC they’ll never drink Pepsi again (cue the gasps). Pepsi will survive, and the people who decide against drinking that poison, they will probably survive longer too. There’s the silver lining in all the ridiculousness surrounding the fantastic Super Bowl halftime show: less people drinking soda. When we all look at it that way, it’s fair to say Jennifer Lopez and Shakira’s show was powerful enough to possibly extend lives.

J-Lo saves, remember that.

Jack Giroux is a Staff Writer at Grit Daily. Based in Los Angeles, he is an entertainment journalist who's previously written for Thrillist, Slash Film, Film School Rejects, and The Film Stage.

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