Massachusetts residents complain to FCC about Super Bowl halftime show


MIAMI, FLORIDA – FEBRUARY 02: Singers Shakira and Jennifer Lopez perform during the Pepsi Super Bowl LIV Halftime Show at Hard Rock Stadium on February 02, 2020 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) ─ Filings from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) show more than a dozen people from Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut filed complaints with the government agency regarding Jennifer Lopez and Shakira’s Super Bowl halftime show.

Among the more than 1,300 complaints:

  • 16 residents from Massachusetts
  • 2 residents from Rhode Island
  • 7 residents from Connecticut

The halftime performance received mixed reviews ─ some saw it as an impressive display of athleticism and talent by two entertainers over 40, while others saw it as vulgar and inappropriate.

“This was at least PG 13,” someone from Coventry, Rhode Island told the FCC. “There needed to be parental guidance. Little kids love football, the display of sex was over the top.”

Names were redacted from the complaints released by the FCC.

A resident of Warwick, Rhode Island told the agency it was “a disgrace to young kids and families to see such vulgar halftime show on NFL.”

Among the complaints from Massachusetts, this one from Whitinsville: “Inappropriate content during the Super Bowl half time show. X rated and hypersexual and suggestive. This is inappropriate for what is considered or should be a family-friendly event. If you want this type of trash, go to a strip club.”

“Stripper poles, cameras following the crotch of a woman dressed in a butt-floss thong and chaps? THIS is a Half time show in prime time? It was a disgusting display at 8pm. Frankly, NONE of it should have been on regular television – that is what cable is for,” reported someone from Worcester.

WATCH: Lopez, Shakira in joyful, exuberant halftime show

According to the New York Times, Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake’s controversial 2004 halftime performance (which included an infamous “wardrobe malfunction”) drew a record-breaking 540,000 FCC complaints.

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