J.Lo Criticizes Shakira Belly Dance Review

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

Jennifer Lopez’s new documentary is here, and it reveals the behind-the-scenes production of her and Shakira’s iconic halftime show.

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If a reminder was needed, two legends got together for a 2020 Super Bowl football performance.

As two Latino women—J.Lo is American and Puerto Rican, Shakira is Colombian and Lebanese—their performances will go down in history, and this is the first time the two Latino artists have joined forces. on the coveted halftime.

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Despite only running for six minutes each, the action-packed show has won huge acclaim from fans around the world, with many viewers praising the women for showing off their Latin heritage so well.

However, in Jen’s new documentary, halftimewhich hits Netflix on June 14, we found many bumps in the road before hitting the big stage.

First, we learned that Jennifer was frustrated with the NFL for booking two headliners to share the same amount of time as any solo performer, rather than doubling down and giving women extra time to shine.

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Given that previous solo headliners like Beyoncé and The Weeknd have been assigned more than 14 minutes of their own, J.Lo seems hurt as she and Shakira — the first Latino artists to perform together in the first half — are expected to Damaged their performance times and later called the whole thing “the worst idea in the world”.

Now that the entire documentary is out, J.Lo and the intermission organizers also seem to be at odds with the more political aspects of the show.

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So, if you’ve seen their show, you might remember Jennifer making a pointed statement when her then 11-year-old daughter Amy joined.

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The children sat cross-legged in glowing spherical “cages,” and Emme, seated in a similar cage-like structure on stage, began to sing her mother’s track “Let’s Get Loud,” slowly and excitedly.

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The performance then picked up pace and little Amy stepped out of the cage to reunite with her mother, who emerged from the back of the stage wearing a feathered cape with a Puerto Rican flag on one side and an American flag on the other.

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The mother-daughter duo then ends the segment with a vivid Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the USA”

Many have concluded that the young performers in the glowing spheres are meant to represent immigrant children held in crowded cages at the southern border detention center in the United States.

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At the time, both J.Lo and Shakira were widely credited for embracing 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 is actually very reluctant to include the moment, prompting J.Lo to hit back at the show’s organizers in a heated call, which was halftime.

During rehearsal, Jane and her team members were discussing the NFL owner’s order to use the “cage.”

J.Lo, apparently annoyed by the show’s attempts to limit the number of “cages” on football fields, called NFL producer Ricky Kirshner to express her displeasure directly.

“We’re here every day trying to make this work, and every day I meet someone who gives me some negative energy, ‘Oh, we can’t have this! We can’t have that!'” she began.

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

On the other end of the call, Ricky’s reluctance to understand Jane’s concerns prompted her to grow increasingly agitated.

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“I want to give you something meaningful, not just us outside rocking our fucking ass and fucking belly dancing,” she said. “I want something real. I want something that makes a statement, which is to say we belong here and we have something to offer.”

This particular line of conversation was shared on Twitter shortly after the document was published, with many fans expressing concern that J.Lo might be alluding to the art of belly dancing.

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In some cases, belly dancing has long been associated with Middle Eastern culture and is thought to have first appeared in ancient Egypt. Shakira has been known for this dance style since the early days of her career, using it to channel her father’s Lebanese-Syria-Arab ancestry.

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So, away from the wider context of the scene — Jennifer’s attempt to fight for political symbolism on the show — fans interpreted the singer’s words as diminishing belly dancing and its significance in other cultures.

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“In new documentary, JLO compares belly dancing to just butt shaking,” wrote one Twitter user, who went on to claim that Jennifer was alluding to “the type of dance and what Shakira has to offer.” [to the performance] Not culturally relevant enough to show on stage. “

In a new documentary, JLO compares belly dancing to just ass shaking. She said the level of cultural relevance that the dance and Shakira offered was not enough to be shown on stage. This comes after she said she was not happy to share the stage with Shakira. Bitter, loud & wrong.

Twitter: @ProceedWithShak

Others even accused J.Lo of having an ethnocentric mentality, which describes a person who believes his own culture is superior to others.

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One wrote: “To say there is no ‘substance’ to belly dancing as a Middle Eastern culture is very ethnocentric, maybe racist.”

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

Twitter: @2020shaki

Amid the criticism, some were quick to note that Jennifer wasn’t referring to Shakira specifically, emphasizing that she actually included herself in the sentiment.

“When she said shaking her ass, she was referring to herself, she didn’t speak ill of Shakira,” someone pointed out. “That’s why she said that together they provide more than just another Super Bowl show.”

@ProceedWithShak when she said shake her ass, she meant herself, she didn’t say anything bad about Shakira, that’s why she said that together they provide more than just another super bowl show, learn read

Twitter: @revivalrarx

Others, however, have questioned this line of thinking, arguing that equating the art of belly dancing with “ass shaking” is a simplification of hers.

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“It’s reductive to suggest belly dancing = butt shake,” one said. “Beyond the skill required, performing Middle Eastern art in America, especially everywhere, is massive and substantial.”

@JLO_House @ProceedWithShak But implying belly dancing = butt shaking is reductive. Aside from the skills required, performing Middle Eastern art in America, especially everywhere, is huge and meaningful.

Twitter: @adranislv

While many have defended Jennifer, emphasizing that while expressing emotions can be mishandled, the wider context of the documentary is important to better understand her frustrations on set.

“Did you watch the documentary??” someone tweeted. “She’s trying to get the message of the cage full of kids to the NFL producers and saying they’re not just ass-shaking and belly-dancing on screen, she’s got a message about human rights.”

@ProceedWithShak did you watch the documentary?She’s trying to get the message of a cage full of kids to NFL producers, saying they’re not just ass-shaking and belly-dancing on-screen, she’s got a message about human rights

Twitter: @frangiaaa

“It’s out of context,” another agreed. “She’s talking about how they forced her to take immigrants off the show…”

@ProceedWithShak it’s so out of context she’s talking about how they forced her to take immigrants off the show…it’s more than a butt shake

Twitter: @prettyburnn

Well, regardless of the debate, these women were able to successfully showcase their culture — balancing the fun and intricacies of their art, while also using their platform to point out real-world issues affecting American communities and Latino people.

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Jennifer didn’t speak out to clarify her comments, and Shakira didn’t respond to the backlash, but we’ll let you know if they do.

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