It’s been over three weeks since Jennifer Lopez and Shakira graced us with their booty shaking/belly dancing/tongue wagging Super Bowl halftime show. I loved it. I loved the kids in cages border references I didn’t get the first time around, I loved Shakira bringing Arabic/Latin music to White America, and I loved JLo showing the Oscars exactly what they snubbed with her Hustlers pole dancing routine. But not everyone agreed. The FCC said they received over 1,300 complaints about the halftime show, and they posted the complaints (anonymously) on their website.
Via NBC News:
The most common complaint seemed to be about appropriateness, with some suggesting it should have had an R rating attached to it.
The FCC received complaints from every state except Vermont, according to WFAA, which also found that the most objections — 140 — came from Texas. The station noted that some of the complaints released as part of the FCC’s response to its FOIA were duplicates, so it is unclear whether those viewers submitted the same complaint multiple times.
The half time show was the furthest thing from a “family friendly” broadcast as possible. The depiction of strippers, close-ups of croth and anus, the orgy by back up dancers, naked buttocks, are NOT APPROPRIATE for children viewers. I should not have to send children out of the room when watching a FOOTBALL GAME.
CROTH AND ANUS! Here’s another from Tennessee:
What I’m the name of decency was that??? 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. Shame on you all for allowing that to infiltrate our homes. JLo’s movie Hustlers was rated R so since when is rated R viewing allowed on network TV at 7/8:00pm?
Their poor molested eyes. Also, “The Playboy Channel”? Hun, if you think that’s where the dirtiest porn is, you should check your son’s browser history. Here’s one from Alabama:
It is sad that this is where we are in entertainment. The entire group I was with was floored by the Satan Worship performance. May God Bless our lands and may the people in control of the content our family watched programming use more sense. People can go to strip clubs all over the world, where children are not allowed in. So why where children allowed to go to the superbowl, and the tv should have warned parents of the X rated half time show. I no longer respect J.Lo.
Oo, X-rated! Alabama upped the ante! Finally I must quote an anonymous poet from Fort Worth, Texas, who said:
We’re big Chiefs fans, and even bigger on trying to live for God, so the Super Bowl this year was like a fantastic sandwich… that had a corner dipped in the toilet.
Thank you, Mrs. Fort Worth, for that perfect prose I will be quoting on the reg until the day I die.
To put 1,300 complaints in perspective, NBC News says Adam Levine’s halftime show, where he took off his shirt (and forced us to listen to Maroon 5 songs), got 94 FCC complaints. Of course, the world record is held by Janet Jackson with 540,000 complaints. Sigh. If the Super Bowl had any balls, they’d bring Ms. Jackson back next year. What I wouldn’t give to kick back in my good chair, pour a tall glass of red, and molest my eyes with that batch of pearl clutching FCC poetry.