Silly me, thinking that the complaint I saw about how “pornographic” the Super Bowl halftime show was was going to be more isolated than it was. The FCC now says that it has received over 1,300 complaints, primarily from parents who claim their children were exposed to a “porno show.”
I mean, I knew there would be complaints the day I heard who the performers were. But 1,300 people being so upset that they felt compelled to complain to the FCC seems excessive. If you think that show resembled anything like a porno show, you should check out a real porno show. Another complaint likened the halftime show to an “X-rated strip club performance.” Again, I invite anyone who agrees to set foot into a strip club so you can see how wrong you are.
The ones that really get to me, though, are the ones claiming the show encouraged sex trafficking. In my view, that goes beyond being sheltered and absurd and dives fully into being offensive towards anyone who has any level of experience with real sex trafficking. And trying to tie in the Me Too movement? At best, that’s mental gymnastics, but really, it’s saying that women embracing their own sexuality (even as mildly as what we saw in the halftime show) justifies sexual assault. Because many women have experienced sexual assault at some point in their lives, Jennifer Lopez and Shakira can’t show their abs and dance during their performances?
Maybe I just haven’t hit the “Karen” stage of my life yet. Or maybe I’m just a shitty mom. My kid and I just talked about how pretty the costumes were and how cool it was that they could dance like they do.