How WOKE director stopped Jennifer Lopez from celebrating womanhood at Super Bowl half-time show
Jennifer Lopez might be the most overlooked feminist icon we have. Her musical career is proof that she has been advocating for women for the longest time. The 52-year-old singer has revealed that British director Hamish Hamilton banned her from using a female sex symbol during the Super Bowl half-time show on February 2, 2020.
In a Netflix documentary titled ‘Halftime’, which was released on June 14, JLo discusses the behind-the-scenes of the performance, which features footage of the 56-year-old Hamilton telling her to change her plans of using a female sex symbol. Lopez said, "We just want to get the woman symbol up at the front. It’s gotta be subtle. We have to be subtle with our message because people don’t want to be hit over the f***ing head with it.” To which Hamilton had replied, “I’m going to definitely be argumentative here, but the only element within it that isn’t subtle – and actually is problematic, considering everything that is going on with identity politics right now – is the female symbol. I think that could be viewed by some people as being actually exclusive."
Hamilton can be further seen making statements in a reference to the symbolism being too obvious. He said, "I also think that it’s a little bit on the nose. It might have been something done in a Super Bowl a while back and doesn’t have the artistry. I understand the meaning behind it but what you are saying within the show is much more powerful than having that symbol out there."
The superstar actress-singer, who has sold more than 75 million records and has an estimated fortune of $325 million, mentioned how surprised she was at Hamilton’s desire to ban the symbol while agreeing to the stage show featuring child dancers performing in cages.
The theme of the Super Bowl show held at Miami's Hard Rock Stadium in 2020 was "female empowerment", with J-Lo pole dancing to exude confidence. About 130 dancers, mostly women, took part in a vibrant performance aimed at reflecting the city’s Latin American culture. The performance was a success, which got nominated for four Emmy Awards and won one.
Hamilton's connection to the Super Bowl
Hamilton started his career at BBC Scotland and has run the Super Bowl since 2010. Two years ago, he directed the Academy Awards which dubbed him “the most awakened of all time”. Critics claim that the show tried hard to compensate for the lack of diversity among the candidates with politically correct acceptance speeches from the winners, including Brad Pitt, Natalie Portman, and Joaquin Phoenix.
Hamilton has also officiated the opening and closing ceremonies of the London 2012 Olympic Games with Danny Boyle and will direct the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham in July.