J.Lo slammed for Shakira’s belly dancing comments

“It’s such a big stage, and it’s such an important show…I’m trying to give you something substantial.”

Jennifer Lopez’s new documentary is here, and it shines a light on the behind-the-scenes creative process of her iconic halftime show with Shakira.

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In case you need to remember, the two legends came together to perform on the football ground of the Super Bowl in 2020.

As two Latin women – J.Lo is American and Puerto Rican, and Shakira is Colombian and Lebanese – their performance has gone down in the history books as the first time that two Latinx artists have teamed up to headline the coveted halftime show.

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And despite only six minutes of performance time each, the action-packed show garnered immense praise from fans around the world, with many viewers praising the women for showcasing their Latino heritage so brilliantly.

However, in Jen’s brand new documentary, half timewhich hit Netflix on June 14, we find there were a number of bumps in the road before it hit the big stage.

First, we learn that Jennifer was frustrated with the NFL for booking two headliners and having them split the same time any solo artist would receive, instead of doubling it and giving women more time to shine.

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Since previous solo headliners like Beyonce and The weekend were allotted more than 14 minutes to themselves, J.Lo was apparently hurt that she and Shakira – the first Latinx artists to come up together at halftime – would have to compromise their performance times, later calling the whole thing a “the worst idea in the world.

And now that the whole documentary is out, it looks like J.Lo and the halftime organizers didn’t quite agree on the most political aspects performance either.

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So if you watched their performance, you’ll probably remember that Jennifer did a pointed statement when she was joined by her then 11-year-old daughter, Emme.

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Surrounded by children sitting cross-legged inside bright spherical “cages”, Emme – who was seated on stage in a cage-like structure – began singing a slow, soulful rendition of her mother’s track “Let’s Get Loud”.

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The performance then picks up speed and little Emme exits the cage to find her mother, who emerges from the back of the stage wearing a feather cape with the Puerto Rican flag on one side and the American flag on the other.

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The mother-daughter duo then ended the segment with a lively rendition of Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the USA.”

Many have come to the conclusion that the young performers inside the glowing spheres were meant to be representative of immigrant children held in overcrowded cages in US detention centers along the southern border.

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At the time, both J.Lo and Shakira were widely praised for incorporating political symbolism and drawing attention to the devastating treatment of immigrants in the United States.

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However, it now appears that the NFL was actually very reluctant to include the moment, prompting J.Lo to push back against the show’s organizers in a heated phone call, which is documented in half time.

During rehearsals, Jen and a member of her team discuss orders from NFL bosses regarding the use of “cages”.

Visibly annoyed that the show’s organizers are trying to limit the number of “cages” on the football field, J.Lo calls NFL producer Ricky Kirshner to express his frustration directly.

“We’re here every day trying to make this work, and every day I turn around with someone giving me negative energy saying, ‘Oh, we can’t have this! We can’t have that!’ she begins.

“It’s such a big stage, and it’s such an important show…and it’s been a nightmare since we started!” She adds.

On the other end of the line, Ricky is reluctant to understand Jen’s concerns, causing her to become increasingly restless.

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“I’m trying to give you something substantial, not just us over there shaking our fucking asses and fucking belly dancing,” she said. “I want something real. I want something that’s going to make a statement, that’s going to say we belong here and we have something to offer.

Shortly after the doc was released, this particular line of dialogue was shared on Twitter, with a number of fans concerned about what J.Lo might have been insinuating about the art of belly dancing.

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In some contexts, belly dancing has long been associated with Middle Eastern cultures and is believed to have first appeared in ancient Egypt. From the first days of her career, Shakira has become known for this dance style, using it to channel the Lebanese-Syrian Arab roots.

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So, away from the larger context of the scene – in which Jennifer tries to fight for the show’s political symbolism – fans interpreted the singer’s lyrics as being reductive of belly dancing and its meaning in other stories. other cultures.

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“In a new documentary, JLO compared belly dancing to just ass shaking,” wrote one Twitter user, who went on to claim that Jennifer hinted that the “type of dance and what Shakira offers [to the performance] was not culturally relevant enough to be shown on stage.

In a new documentary, JLO compared belly dancing to just shaking your ass. She said that this type of dance and what Shakira offered was not culturally relevant enough to show on stage. It comes after she said she wasn’t happy to share the stage with Shakira. Bitter, strong & bad.


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Others have even accused J.Lo of having an ethnocentric mindset, which describes someone who believes their own culture is superior to others.

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“To say that belly dancing, a Middle Eastern culture, has no ‘substance’ is so ethnocentric and, perhaps, racist,” someone wrote.

@ProceedWithShak To say that belly dancing, a Middle Eastern culture, has no “substance” is so so ethnocentric and, perhaps, racist.


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Among the critics, some were quick to note that Jennifer was not specifically referring to Shakira, pointing out that she was in fact including herself in the sentiment.

“When she says shake her ass she’s referring to herself, she didn’t say anything bad about shakira,” someone noted. “That’s why she said together they had more to offer than just a super bowl show.”

@ProceedWithShak when she says shake her ass she’s referring to herself she didn’t say anything bad about shakira that’s why she said together they have more to offer than just super bowl show, learn to read


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However, others have challenged this line of thinking, suggesting that it is reductive of her to equate the art of belly dancing with simply “shaking ass”.

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“Insinuating that belly dancing = shaking ass is reductive,” someone said. “Besides the skill it takes, the representation of Middle Eastern art in the United States, of all places, is massive and has substance.”

@JLO_House @ProceedWithShak But to imply that belly dancing = ass shaking is reductive. Aside from the skill it takes, the representation of Middle Eastern art in the United States, of all places, is massive and has substance.


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Although many people have come to Jennifer’s defense, pointing out that while the sentiment delivery may have been mishandled, the larger context of the documentary is important to better understand her frustrations on stage.

“Have you watched the documentary?? someone tweeted. “She was trying to fight to project the message of the cages full of kids to the NFL producer and saying they weren’t just shaking ass and belly dancing on screen, she had a message about the human rights.”

@ProceedWithShak Did you watch the documentary?? she was trying to fight to project the message of the cages full of kids to the nfl producer and saying they weren’t just shaking their asses and belly dancing on screen she had a message about rights of man


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“It’s so taken out of context,” agreed another. “She was talking about how they were forcing her to take the immigrant part off the show…”

@ProceedWithShak It’s so taken out of context, she was talking about how they were forcing her to take immigrants off the show… way more important than shaking your ass


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Well, whatever the debate, the women have managed to showcase their cultures – balancing the joy and complexity of their art, while using their platform to point to real-world issues affecting American communities and people. Latinx.

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Jennifer hasn’t spoken to clarify her comments, and Shakira hasn’t responded to the backlash either, but we’ll let you know if that’s the case.

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