Am I the only one who didn't like the Superbowl halftime show?

Am I the only one who didn't like the Superbowl halftime show?

I think not.  One of my friends emailed me this morning and told me she thought it was disgusting.

Still, I think we were vastly outnumbered by those who loved it and saw nothing wrong with it. The halftime show was lauded on every TV news show this morning.

I can appreciate the beauty of these women–including their perfect bodies, their singing and dancing talents and their athletic abilities–along with the rest of the dancers. The sets and lighting were impressive too.

I loved the part in which they brought in the kids.

Stiil, I found the gyrating and pole dancing and ass shaking and general objectification of women offensive, not unlike soft porn.

In these times of #metoo and a Harvey Weinstein trial, how can we as women be okay with the sexualization of women as family entertainment?

Perhaps, this is just the ravings of a crabby, over-the-hill woman. Guilty as charged.

But don’t we want our daughters and granddaughters to feel good about themselves and their bodies? To not feel as if they are made just to please men–which is exactly what the show did?

The halftime show put us back a few decades.


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  • Well, I don't like it at all from your description of it, but I could write a companion piece: Am I the only one who didn't watch the Super Bowl halftime show? (I skipped the game completely.)

  • In reply to Margaret H. Laing:

    I watched the halftime show but skipped the game!

  • "Objectification of women" is exactly what I saw when watching this. How can we be going in two different directions at the same time--trying to rid society of the kind of behavior exhibited by Trump and Hollywood while putting on a show like this. We used to call it "smut" but that only dates me and makes my view irrelevant.

  • In reply to Dennis Byrne:

    Thanks for confirming it from a male perspective. Yes, it's very confusing, especially for young girls.

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    In reply to Dennis Byrne:

    Fake music fake singing

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    I could not agree with you more. I found the entire display a step backwards for women and utterly offensive and inapporpriate for children. Just when I said to myself, all that's missing here is the pole, then J Lo was riding one. It's nice to know that I am not alone.

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    In reply to Susan Warshaw:

    Fake boobs fake music fake singing

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    Hey, at least neither of the performers had a wardrobe malfunction.

  • Watched this with middle schoolers, both boys and girls, and found it utterly cringe-inducing. Half of them were averting their eyes. Not sure when soft-core porn, pole dancing, and questionable leather straps began to pass for a half time show. Also, what an odd inclusion of children in hoops halfway through. I was horrified there were actual kids out there watching this....uh....display--right up close! No way we can address #metoo issues when our entertainment culture cannot stop objectifying and sexualizing women.

  • In reply to Julie Vassilatos:

    Yes, I agree. It was odd. And although I liked the part with the kids, I wondered what they thought about all that sexualized behavior. Talk about mixed messages.

  • Consider this: it all happened as NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell sat there proudly (and lucratively) celebrating his pagan ritual of violence and sexuality.

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    I found it disgusting and demeaning to women. Turned the sound off and did prep for dinner.

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    I think sexy is Audrey Hepburn in a long black dress.

  • I also thought it was a little too racy for the Super Bowl, but I was too distracted by the fact that Shakira, a performer who's been around at least two decades by my best guess, looked to be about 21 and not the 43 years she actually is (I had to look it up on Wikipedia because it was bugging me - I was sure that this must be a different performer using the same name). J-Lo is in great shape but it's believable that she's a 50-year-old woman. No way, no how does Shakira look 43 by any stretch of the imagination.

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