Did Jay-Z pressure Jennifer Lopez to change her political statement in the Halftime show?

Super Bowl 54

I loved this year’s Super Bowl Halftime show, as I said yesterday. Shakira and Jennifer Lopez were joyful and fun and energetic and they understood the vibe in Miami, in 2020, in Trump’s America. Simply being on that stage as two Latina women was a political act, and they wore that with exuberance. Of course, they also added some layered political commentary into the performance too – there was a visual reference to children in cages, Jennifer Lopez’s daughter Emme did a version of “Let’s Get Loud” with “Born In the USA” and Jennifer wore a Puerto Rican flag.

The entire Halftime show was a celebration of Latin culture, but also a wonderful reminder that Latin culture has become completely enmeshed with American culture, and that blend is global. But yes, the politics were extraordinary, and I’m so proud of what Shakira and Jennifer Lopez did. I don’t think of either woman as political entertainers, but as we’ve been saying for years – simply existing as a person of color, simply existing as part of a marginalized community, is a political act. Anyway, Love B. Scott had a story about how Jennifer was under pressure to edit out some of the political messaging from the show:

Sources at Roc Nation exclusively tell lovebscott.com that [children in cages] moment almost didn’t happen. The political statement about the border crisis was J. Lo’s brainchild, a response to the Trump administration’s controversial immigration policy detaining undocumented minors in cages. But Roc Nation, the management/production company headed by Jay-Z, fought to get her to cut it from her set. Jay-Z’s Roc Nation deal with the NFL is supposed to be working to smooth over the drama caused by Colin Kaepernick’s social justice protest; but a lot of people aren’t happy with the partnership- including some inside the rapper’s own organization.

Sources also exclusively tell lovebscott.com that despite a great deal of pressure from Roc Nation, Jennifer put her foot down and insisted on keeping the segment. We’re told Jay himself even tried to personally intervene to convince her, but Jennifer would not be moved away from the idea. Apparently, tensions ran so high between the two camps that Lopez eventually pulled out of joining Shakira for the opening number of the halftime show. Instead, Shakira and J. Lo only performed together briefly at the end of the show. Roc Nation also encouraged Shakira (a Roc Nation client) to not appear onstage during “Born In The USA”, but the singer eventually decided to do it anyway, “playing drums during the number.”

[From Love B. Scott]

If this is true – and I don’t know if it is – then Jay-Z absolutely f–king sucks. Is this what he “got” from his NFL deal? He had to sell his principles and exert pressure on a Latina artist trying to make a political statement? All while he and Beyonce sat for the Anthem, because that was his big political statement? Jesus. I’m glad Jennifer handled it and refused to be intimidated by him.

Jennifer Lopez and Shakira attend the Super Bowl LIV Pepsi Halftime Press Conference!

Photos courtesy of Backgrid and Avalon Red.

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  1. Eleonor says:

    Jayz is all about making money’s these days, so IF this is true I am not surprised at all.

    • Char says:

      He doesn’t stand for the anthem and defends Kaepernick, but he’s making business with the same people who doesn’t want Kaepernick to have a job due to his political views. And I know how we can’t say anything bad about Beyoncé, but she’s profiting from this too, so.

      • Allergy says:

        They manufactured Beyonce into an “activist” when her pop career didn’t go like planned.

    • Jan says:

      Jay Z has always only been about 1 thing MONEY. Nothing new here.

    • holly hobby says:

      I now think sitting through the anthem wasn’t support for some political message. They just didn’t want to stand that’s it.

      • Turtledove says:


        You are probably right, I think? I don’t know that much about JayZ and Bey’s political opinions, but it would seem utterly bizarre for JayZ to pressure JLo to edit her performance if he planned to sit during the anthem as a statement. It seems more like “oww my feet hurt”. Otherwise, it just makes NO sense…

    • walktalk says:

      ‘These days’ ?? Lol he’s always been about money over morals. The worship of these two is so sad. At the end of the day, the social posturing is just for show. Just like Ellen sitting w/George Bush – these are Very rich people that are in their own realm & besides superficial displays, it’s all about staying in that cozy 1% space

    • LadyMary says:

      So is JLO.

      Let’s not forget she takes massive amounts of money for her ” private concerts” for a lot of money from scandalous and unsavory people. Dictators? But yeah, let’s go her make statement but take money from horrible men who just out right kill, slaughter, rape and cause mayhem in their countries and beyond.

  2. Elisabetta says:

    I love her. She made such a point with the PR flag and the Born in the USA song. Puerto Ricans are Americans yet they are always treated like 2nd class citizens (just like anyone else who is not Anglo Saxon). Also the cages and the kids, very well done and absolutely tear jerking. To me this Superbowl was more of a political act than entertainment and I LOVE that.
    As for Jay Z and Beyonce, I am so over them and their fake awareness. They just care for profit.

    • Pineapple says:

      Elisabetta … I disagree that Beyonce just cares for profit. She has done some AMAZING entertaining highlighting the issues faced by people of colour and especially black women. I don’t think Beyonce has fake awareness. Not at all. Now Jay Z … I don’t know.

      • Ali says:

        Jay-Z is terrible.

      • Elisabetta says:

        Lemonade is considered to be a woke album, but she also made a ton of money from it, so I think she is woke when it serves her business. And also, more than anything, to me Beyonce seems like an empty vessel that is very very well managed. I just don’t see any substance there. But that’s just my impression that I get.
        On the other hand J.Lo is crazy commercial artist but she always shows a ton of personality.

      • ReginaGeorge says:


        Beyonce gets behind anything that will get the focus on her and make her profit. She has tended to follow whatever trends are popular at the time and jump on bandwagons. She learned that from Daddy Knowles. When Britney and Jessica Simpson were in the news for publicizing their virginity, Beyonce’s camp made sure she was out there proclaiming it loud and proud as well. When it was cool to be a very Christian Beyonce, she told a magazine that she didn’t believe in the gay lifestyle. Once she saw that the gay community was a big supporter, she changed her tune, of course. When she did “Beautiful Liar” with Shakira and had a Spanish version of her album to promote to Latin America, she was quoted as saying she wished she was a Latina (which got her backlash from the AA community). When she was hired to perform for George Bush, she was a big ol republican supporter. She jumped on the feminist trend but this is the woman who sang “Ring the Alarm” and “Cater 2U” which are the farthest things from female empowerment anthems and called her tour Mrs Carter, because I guess being Jay Z’s wife was better than being Beyonce. But ok.

        Not saying that she can’t change her mind but I was raised very Catholic with a very macho dad and I was always an LGBTetc ally since I was a child. And I never wished I was any race/nationality other than what I was. When my friend and I first heard the lyrics to Cater 2 U we laughed at how extra and subservient it sounded. So it comes across as disingenuous from Beyonce especially with a history of pandering for profit. She and Jay are no different.

        And to quote Jay Z “I’m a business, man!”

      • @ReginaGeorge:Women can enjoy pleasing their partner in bed and still be feminists, so the fact that Beyonce has songs about that is irrelevant to this discussion. Having to pretend not to enjoy giving pleasure and having to pretend not to enjoy receiving it are two sides of the same respectability coin.
        As for the virginity thing, it’s easy to look down on Beyonce, Britney, and Jessica for jumping on the chastity bandwagon as teens, but let’s remember not just the fact that they had less power then, but the reality of how these young girls and women are treated when it comes to their purity. They’re taught that that’s their worth as human beings and THE way to be a female role model. They’re also taught that older people are just protecting them (and all womankind) by emphasizing their purity, and that they have to compete with other girls on this issue to prove that they’re good people. The public feels entitled to compliance from young women in this area. Appearing to deviate from or rebel against that script is seen as grounds for abuse from both sides, and women aren’t ever allowed to acknowledge it.

      • ReginaGeorge says:


        Except that nobody asked Beyonce about her virginity. That was offered up to the media by Daddy Knowles and their PR team trying to get her name out there. And that’s why I mentioned that her father taught her the PR game very well. Hop on something that’s trending at the time to maximize your exposure. There were plenty of other of her female contemporaries at the time that didn’t offer up their sexual history as if it was the public’s or anyone’s business. Xtina and Pink come to mind.

      • Kate says:

        Whew! ReginaGeorge you’re really going to hold things a then-18 year old girl with no power or notable fame did and said against her? I still cringe to this day about things I said and thought as a teenager and young woman before I knew better. It’s very cynical to think that now, as a 38 year old woman (I’m guessing, I don’t feel like googling) with wealth, power and an avid fan base, she is incapable of having grown and matured and developed interests in standing up for causes she believes in.

      • ReginaGeorge says:


        Girl please. She wasn’t 18 when she said she wished she was Latina or told b*tches to bow down to her while trying to be all “girl power”. She has a history of trying to pander to make a profit. But go off sis!

      • AmunetMaat says:

        ReginaGeorge I always find it odd when people who aren’t clearly Beyonce fans misinterpret her work and then use a twisted version of her art in order to defend their personal agenda/message. “Bow Down” actually was an empowering song as it was flipped to “Bow down to my greatness/I woke up like this/flawless.” I know that is still an anthem cry for some women to say “I woke up like this & I’m flawless.” Moreover, when has Beyonce ever said verbatim that she wished she was Latina? That phrase was taken completely out of context. Once again odd. Beyonce has a body of work that demonstrates her womanist and feminist beliefs. Her song Brown Girl was inspired by her daughter, that song meant a lot to a lot of brown skinned women this past summer. So it’s cool if you don’t personally like Beyonce or her music but please don’t try to “school” people on the representation of her music and art when you don’t appear to have a strong grasp of the connotative nature of the experience she is providing. So much of her recent stuff is embedded within the culture that it is easy to twist the meaning because it is coded.

    • Gaby says:

      Especially after Jaz Z caught so much hate for this deal, so he tries to appease both sides. It seems that they are OK when they are the ones doing it to show all this political wokeness, like making sure they are seen sitting during the anthem and they get to be the good guys, but his actual bottom line, which is the half-time show, can’t be political because that’s where the money is and since it’s not him or Bey performing, they don’t have to take a stand.

      I know they spread the message, but please can someone educate me if whether they put their money where their mouth is? Sure, Lemonade was totally political, but they are making money off of it. They don’t really give interviews anymore and don’t speak out loud about issues. It’s all through their music and it feels performative. I LOVE Beyonce, Jay, not so much, but they are extremely intelligent and business savvy, and again, to me it feels like they are playing the game. I’m not trying to be mean or petty, but they are a billion-dollar empire, the amount of charity they could be doing is huge. I’m mean, for Christ sake, Kim is an ass but she still got innocent people out of jail, you know what I mean?

      • Imara219 says:


        Yes they put their money where their mouth is. They have built communities for low income/single parent families and given to charities. They do a lot on the quiet side.

    • Sofia says:

      I like to think that Emme singing “Let’s Get Loud” as she exited the cage was a call to speak up, protest, and make our voices heard.

    • Carey says:

      I don’t love her but the flag and singing Born in the USA and the children in cages made me teary eyed. Big props to her for that. TBH I had no idea she had it in her to make a statement like that.

  3. SM says:

    This would explain why she had this look like she mentally was somewhere else during all the awards. This is not about getting a nomination, but about doing the right thing. I can’t believe a woman of her status is still being controlled and “educated” by men. The Carters are self absorbed rich people who think they are Gods, allowed to do anything. I wish people stopped worshiping the grown they walk on

    • Snappyfish says:

      @SM I sadly agree there is becoming a “don’t look in the direction of the Queen/King” vibe as time goes on. I think the minute JZ decided to deal with the NFL he lost all credibility as far as Colin & his blackballing go. Hypocrites when $$$ is involved. It’s a pretty old story

      I thought the kids in cages was a brilliant commentary & I am not really a JLo fan. The show was great. Period

    • Rapunzel says:

      Would Jay-Z even try to control the performance of a Male artist at J-Lo and Shakira’s level? Doubtful.

      If Kanye performed, for example, Jay would probably let him wear a MAGA hat.

  4. Tanguerita says:

    what principles? He has no principles to sell, he doesn’t have any.

  5. Lucy2 says:

    If this is true, he does suck, and JLo is a badass.
    Was Roc nation involved in producing the halftime show? If not, I don’t know why anyone from that organization felt they had any right to try to shape it in anyway.

  6. Slowsnow says:

    I don’t quite understand this (please explain the inner workings of this to a non-American).

    But what I take from the story is that JLo is badass for having devised all this highly pertinent and courageous political statement. And while being super sexy to annoy the conservatives (and some confused people in yesterday’s thread).

    • “But what I take from the story is that JLo is badass for having devised all this highly pertinent and courageous political statement. And while being super sexy to annoy the conservatives (and some confused people in yesterday’s thread).” Yes, love it and also loved seeing other women defend them against the Million Moms/Wendi Shalit crowd.

  7. Mellie says:

    So when Jay-Z and Bey want to be political it’s all ok and we all should listen, but when someone else is (especially if it’s going to cost them some $$$) then we all need to have a seat? That’s really just lovely. Good for her for taking a stand, lots of respect to J Lo!

  8. Tash says:

    I’m surprised Meghan Trainor, Jay-Z’s face for social justice, was not the halftime performer. 🙄

  9. eto says:

    This sounds so odd, not sure if I believe it.

    • BeanieBean says:

      Yeah, I don’t really believe it, either. The whole show was seamless & I don’t believe there were last minute changes.

  10. LadyLaw says:

    I’m not sure how many ways Jay Z has to show that his political activism is in service of his personal profit before people start believing it.

  11. Belinda says:

    Ugh. I LOVE Beyonce. But as soon as I saw the fotos of her in that green outfit going to the super bowl (I didn’t watch it), I got a very bad feeling.
    It’s all about the money now … all this time when I and other Beyonce fans would talk about “the husband” … but she is very much along for the ride … and if this is true, I really don’t know how to handle this situation because I love her and her work.
    The half time show I watched later and I absolutely loved it, especially the “born in the USA” part. Good on Jennifer Lopez for standing up to power. Shakira and JLo really went up in my personal books. I respect both women so much more now.
    Jay Z …. ugh, is pretty much dead to me anyway, but Beyonce going along with all of that …..

    • Leigh says:

      So J-Lo and Shakira get props and are being thought of as super woke for performing at the Super Bowl (with only white Latino artists in a city with a large black Caribbean population) but Beyonce is a sellout for attending as a guest and wearing a green outfit? Some of you are very inconsistent and biased in both your praise and your criticism. Beyoncé’s halftime performance several years ago was also quite political and highlighted black culture.

      In my opinion, the only true badasses are people like Rihanna (another Roc Nation artist) who said thanks but no thanks to even performing at that racist circus.

      As for Jay-Z, IF this story is true then he’s really lost the plot. In the long run, I think he will live to regret his unfortunate partnership with the NFL.

      • Belinda says:

        Gee thanks Leigh … I’m a loooong time defender of Beyonce and this is really the tipping point for me. You clearly are missing my point. I think on purpose.
        There is a point in time when you are not just a spouse trapped in a situation. We’ve been here with Beyonce, talking about her involvement in “the husband’s” business and his “politics”. I always defended her. But it’s years now and she goes along. With the green outfit, she made it clear to me (and many others) that this is about money. If that’s not what she wanted to say with that outfit, she failed unfortunately. And I just cannot defend her here. I’m heartbroken about it. I love her and everything she did … but she in not dragged into this situation. She chooses to show up like this. And this isn’t the first time she is “along for the ride”. If this goes against her personal politics, why doesn’t she make that clear??
        But she chose to cover herself in the colour of money and go to the event, which she knew would cause a conversation. And then she sits, I mean, what is that even? …..

        All you commentors writing “how can you attack a woman for the man’s action”. She is not passive! She is not cluelessly caught in this, THAT is the problem. This isn’t the first time either. This is not a hostage situation, people. This is Beyonce. She is sooo thoughtful and controlled in her actions. If you are a fan, you know that and like me, LOVE HER for it. And then this here …

        I did not watch the Super Bowl because of politics/Kaepernick etc. I haven’t in years. I wasn’t even sure if I should watch the half time show, but since everyone was raving about Shakira and JLo, I watched it on YouTube and I loved it, especially the girls in cages/born in the USA part. And to add – Shakira and JLo are a curious choice. And that’s because we know several artists have said no to the NFL because of their politics. I’m sure there are more artists that said no, that we don’t know about.
        Still, Shakira and JLo did an amazing job! And just getting those girls in the cages on stage … that backlash with the halftime producers must have been vicious. I respect Shakira and Jennifer Lopez so much more now, because that really must have been nerve-wrecking!

      • anon says:

        so, anyone wearing green in public now is greedy? make this make sense…

    • lucy2 says:

      I’m not sure why Beyonce gets blame for a business decision her husband (allegedly) made. Especially when she herself did a political half time show just a few years ago.

      • Renee says:

        lucy2, Because Beyonce is to blame for everything. *sarcasm* Beyonce attended a game with her husband and daughter. Leave her out of it. Any issues with Jay-Z and the deal he made with the NFL are exactly that…..issues with Jay-Z.

      • Diane says:

        Yes Lucy2, comments always get sketchy when Beyonce is involved or isn’t in this case. Beyonce manages to get dragged into it regardless of the focus being on her husband as it should. People are really pressed about this woman. I wonder why…

      • Yeah, it’s a shame that a male public figure allegedly making a selfish, asshole buisness decision NOW gets made about her, and about dragging up things the female public figure did even before her brain was fully developed. If this is true, he’s the jerk and it’s awesome J.Lo stood her ground.

      • Leigh says:

        @Belinda – Apologies if I offended you, that certainly was not my intention. I also was not purposely missing your point… I just think you’re reading a bit much into Beyonce wearing a green outfit??? When did Beyonce say that she wore green because it’s the color of money? Seems like a stretch to me….

        I also don’t understand why J-Lo and Shakira are being lauded for working with and accepting payment from the same people who treated Colin Kaepernick and other peaceful protesters within their sport so deplorably? I simply don’t get how that makes them any better or different than Jay-Z and Beyonce? Did they perform brilliantly, rep their culture(s) well, and make a nice political statement? Of course, but they still chose to work with and arguably promote a blatantly racist institution. Neither of them really needs the exposure or the money at this point in their careers. They made a business decision, much like Jay-Z. And artists like Rihanna, who chose not to work with the NFL, made a different decision. Let’s not kid ourselves.

  12. Acires says:

    On Colin Kaepernick’s instagram yesterday, he had a screen shot of Jay-z and Beyoncé sitting for the anthem with the text, “I thought we were past kneeling?” It shows where Colin stands and I support him. Lainey talks about the whole reform or revolution and what I have seen is powerful systems pull people in and are difficult to reform, without changing you. Jay made his choice.

    • Belinda says:

      That kind of system cannot be changed from within. A reform would have to be forced on the organisation from the outside, meaning big outside pressure to change themselves. Right now, there is no need for them to change. They bully whoever goes against the grain, they get away with it and keep making tons of money …

  13. Aang says:

    Another reason to side eye the Carters and stan JLo. None of this surprises me.

    • ThatsenoughMarie says:

      By all means, let’s stan Jennifer “All Lives Matter” Lopez who has built her career (at least musically) by stealing from and refusing to acknowledge black artists. Beyoncé and Jay-Z have their problems, but so does JLo, and one performance doesn’t change that.

    • Asiyah says:

      I wouldn’t stan any of them since JLo shouldn’t have performed in the first place. It’s great that Latinas were asked to do this halftime show but it isn’t great that they said yes. The NFL has purposely iced out and blackballed someone due to their political beliefs. They must know what that feels like and yet they all participated in this mess. They’re all rich and famous and don’t need the money or the exposure.

  14. Becks1 says:

    Good for JLo for sticking to her guns. It was a really powerful statement. And its annoying bc another artist, less established, may have backed down. J Lo didn’t.

    Interesting though that she was supposed to open with Shakira and then didn’t. Also interesting that RocNation didn’t want Shakira on stage with the children in cages. Like, would that image be so damaging to her career? I loved seeing her on the drums.

  15. Veronica S. says:

    The Carters seem to be more interested in internal than total reconstruction, so I’m willing to give them some time to figure out their approach to this, but I have my reservations. Social justice is expensive, but it’s very hard to change something corrupt from the inside out without getting swept up in it. We’ll see.

  16. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    Sit down and shut up Jay Jay. Another J has the stage, and you have every right to be in awe and give her a standing ovation. You too sidepiece with the ring on it. Get up, clap then sit back down.

  17. Amelia says:

    I think it should be noted that the website cited doesn’t have a great track record. They also tried to say Beyonce was doing a Vegas Residency lol

  18. Jillian says:

    Jay-Z has principles? When did that happen? Did we learn nothing from Ellen? The rich will look out for their own interests, and ONLY their own interests

  19. doofus says:

    re: the standing for the anthem thing…

    there is a video circulating of 45 at his superbowl party during the anthem. while others around him (including his immigrant wife) are standing at attention with their hands over their hearts, 45 is fidgeting, joking around, and pretending to conduct the music. I want that video shown to trumphumpers EVERY F*CKING TIME they complain about any person of color not standing for the anthem.

    • Anon33 says:

      The problem is they wouldn’t care. We are far far beyond people being woken up by the truth, sadly.

      • Carey says:

        They don’t care and it’s not a matter of being woken up. Trump supporters know exactly what he stands for which is defending and strengthening white supremacy. It literally doesn’t matter what else Trump does as long as he does that.

    • ReginaGeorge says:

      I saw that too, and at the end of the video you can see him pulling up a chair to seemingly sit down, while Demi was still mid-anthem and whoever was recording ABRUPTLY stops the video.

    • waitwhat says:

      Just saw it. Someday we’ll be hearing about the drug cocktail that kept 45 upright (a la Hitler). From the snorty, breathless speeches to the late night/early morning Twitter rants to fidgety, childish displays like this one, this guy has a little bit of everything in his system.

  20. Imara219 says:

    None of this sounds right. I don’t trust this source, it’s very off brand for J.

  21. manda says:

    Omg I am so stupid. I did not put together that we were seeing kids in cages. They looked like little cinderella carriages or something like that, just pretty lighted things. It makes sense! It was way over my head. Subtlety is lost on me most of the time

    • Allergy says:

      I like the message but it looked so stupid. The glossy chaos sort of drowned everything, in my opinion. I’m the only person on earth who thought that show was just a mess.

      • Renee says:

        Allergy, I was not a fan of this halftime show either. I agree. I didn’t get the message until it was explained yesterday. I felt like JLo played 2nd to Shakira. I’m a big Jlo fan and was a little disappointed. However, if others felt the show resonated with them, kudos to them. I just didn’t love it.

    • J says:

      I’m right there with you! Didn’t realize the kids were coming out of cages until I read this. In my defense, I was at a SB party, so stuff gets lost among the noise.

  22. ChillyWilly says:

    Wtf? Is Jay in the sunken place? What is wrong with him? It’s very bizarre. Good for Jennifer and Shakira for not caving.

  23. PlaidSheets says:

    Jay-Z has told you who he was from the very beginning. “I’m not a business man— I’m a business, man.” He’s been about the money only. This shouldn’t shock anyone. He’s scummy and will always be.

  24. Rapunzel says:

    Tinfoil hat theory: Jay was fine with the political statement. This is his idea of change from within. But is catching hell from the NFL for allowing it. So he leaked this story to make himself look better with NFL brass.

    He’s throwing the ladies under the bus.

  25. Charfromdarock says:

    This makes me love JLo even more.

  26. Jennifer Harrison says:

    Until you know it’s true, it’s irresponsible to comment on this story, and in such a defamatory manner. At this point, you’re no better than Piers.

  27. Catherine says:

    JLo’s segment didn’t get the press she expected at all. Shakira stole the show, had all her songs charting on iTunes higher than her’s, and trended WW for hours while JLo didn’t. She is strategically using the bad press surrounding the NFL with RocNation to get praise for social justice and being political.

    • Allergy says:

      Shakira is a better singer with better songs. Lopez is really a “Vegas show.” I think they were odd together. Like if you put Mick Jagger and Cirque du Soleil together.

    • DiegoInSF says:

      All I’ve read is praise for JLO as well as Shakira, no need to pit them against each other, did you miss the entire point of the show?? Also, her 20 year old songs are in the top 20. Did that reach hurt?

  28. Samanthalous says:

    I think everyone forgets “what’s better than one billionaire, two” and that’s what they are about. Beyonce is know. For stealing other peoples trend/ideas and Jay is just about his money.

  29. Kristen says:

    My guess is that this is a half-hearted effort to try to deflect the criticism on the right toward Jay-Z and Beyonce for sitting through the anthem. Something like that was a mis-understood accident, and look, he was *actually* trying to remove this messaging that J-Lo was insisting on that was critical of the administration! It might be working, since the ire is only on Jay-Z now, rather than Beyonce, and they can release a statement in a day saying that this rumor is patently false, and it will likely/hopefully all blow over.

  30. Cheapchick says:

    And everyone of them flew to and from the Super Bowl in their private jets. Imagine the Super Bowl carbon footprint 🤪🤪

    • Allergy says:

      You are right about that. I have started to really dislike all kinds of mass gatherings, even if it’s for a good cause, “bringing people together” and so on, because of the huge mess it leaves behind. Now one could argue that a person watching a game at home leaves behind just the same amount of trash, like popcorn bags and burger wraps, but still, the amount of driving and flying to have a thing like Super Bowl happen seems so wasteful. Seems so eighties do-not-care.
      I have no solution to this of course, it’s not simple. But “important bosses” who fly to “important” meetings just to look “important” – that is so unnecessary and should stop, there’s VR and Skype.

      • ME says:

        I always wonder is the confetti at the super bowl or New Year’s Eve in NYC really necessary? Where does all that confetti go afterwards? Does it get recycled?

  31. Case says:

    Maybe it’s because I was at a Super Bowl party and couldn’t fully pay attention, but I didn’t get the reference to kids in cages at all. I thought it was just meant to be decorative, lol. But if that was the intent, that’s awesome of J.Lo to put her foot down.

  32. CK says:

    I’m not a Beyhive member, but damn, some of you just take any opportunity to bash Beyonce. Why shouldn’t she care about making money after putting in work? As a black person, If I’m putting time and effort into something and someone else is profiting, I’m getting my cut regardless of my individual wealth.

  33. Adrien says:

    So much for that sitting during the anthem. Anyway, JLo’s daughter is adorable.

  34. Patrizio says:

    Always thought the way she stood with her friend Leah Remini was admirable. Also, while she should have been nominated for “Out of Sight”, for all the years she showed up on the red carpet at the Oscars looking like a million bucks should have counted for something. It was BS they didn’t nominate her.

    • DiegoInSF says:

      It really was admirable, she’s a true friend and it was even riskier because her dad is trapped in that cult!

  35. JoJo says:

    A need a more reliable source than B. Scott especially regarding news related to Jay Z and/or Beyonce.If this was a story about RHOA or LHH then maybe I would believe it.He is always posting inaccurate stuff about non reality star celebs.And he will block you on Instagram if you mention the stories he got wrong rather then admitting he was wrong.
    So I will wait for another source to verify this.

  36. Green Desert says:

    I think some of you need to ask yourselves why you will take any tiny morsel of an opportunity to go off on Jay-Z or Beyonce.

    I like JLo and she gave a great halftime performance, but she has NEVER been political. The idea that someone had to tell her to tone down her views is LAUGHABLE.

    • DiegoInSF says:

      She performed for Hilary in 2016 and got attacked by for it by the orange one. She has posted on her Insta about the border situation before and CONservatives tried to come for her. Being brown in the US means you’re political.

      • Green Desert says:

        Look, I know you love her. You give great examples of what she’s done. But I maintain that overall she does not use her voice like many others do in a political way. She could do WAY more. Also, remember her “ All lives matter” post that she quickly took down? She may do some political things but she has made missteps like that, and again, there are black and brown and female and LGBTQ stars who do way more for various social and political causes. I didn’t want this to be a critique of JLo though. I like her, loved her in Hustlers, and will maintain forever that she should have been nominated for an Oscar. And her halftime performance was great. If you go back and read my post, I’m criticizing people who believe this story.

      • DiegoInSF says:

        The all lives matter post was one where she clearly used it about the gay community after Orlando and then she realized that’s not what It meant and took it down.

      • Green Desert says:

        Diego, again, I know you love her and I think it’s making you unable to accept even the smallest criticisms of her. Her response to that backlash was bullsh*t. As a black woman in America, we are used to people saying the kind of bs that she touted after she was criticized. There is a reason BLM needs to exist, and her words invalidate it. I stand by that. I mean, if you don’t understand why saying “All lives matter” is disgusting, then I don’t know what to tell you.

        But really, I wasn’t even trying to get into a JLo battle. I generally like her. And I do hope she can connect the horrific treatment of Latinx people under this administration to the horrific treatment of black people in this country, and understand why words matter and why social movements of every kind are vital.

      • DiegoInSF says:

        It’s not like she said All lives matter about supporting cops, she was literally performing for The Pulse Orlando victims and made a mistake in the caption. I don’t think it’s a battle, it’s a civil discussion but agree to disagree.

      • Green Desert says:

        Haha, “battle” was the wrong choice of words. We do see her old comments differently. But I know we agree that she is awesome in so many ways, killed it at the Super Bowl, and should have been nominated for that Oscar. 😉

  37. WM says:

    Are we allowed to say that Beyonce and Jay Z are overrated sell outs yet?

  38. Faye G says:

    If that’s true Jay Z is a dick. He wants to stand up for Black Lives Matter, that’s great. But other minority communities need support as well. Selling your values for money is not a good look

  39. Oliviajoy1995 says:

    Didn’t Jay Z also try and talk Travis Scott out of performing at the Super Bowl last year too? This fool thinks he is the be all end all of musical political issues apparently. Yet he proudly stands by Kanye again and Kanye represents everything Jay Z is supposedly against politically. Can’t stand Jay or his over hyped wife.

  40. Lola says:

    Interesting. Now, before Shakira sang “Ojos así” you can hear the beginning of Immigrant Song by Led Zeppelin. I took that as we are all immigrants. When it came to the children in cages, with Born in the USA being sang, I just took it as “this nation sadly mistreats not only the people that fight it’s wars”, veterans, but also its children. The african american community was imho included with Waka, Waka, you have done it. You continue to rise in this nation. We are all (minus the Native American Tribes) immigrants, and we have all suffered one way or another in order to live “the american dream.” And tonight, this, is a celebration of us all. And, I could not care less about Jay Z.

  41. Naddie says:

    What I like about Jennifer Lopez is that she always delivers (at least all I could see until now) when she’s performing. Great dance moves and stage presence , never lazy or sloppy. It’s beautiful to see that a professional, at any field, works hard to get the results, it’s a sign of respect to the audience.
    Shakira is always great, but I must say I miss more songs like Ojos asi, a lot of her show was a bit too generic for her, considering her talent and personality. Great powers, great responsibilities.

  42. sj says:

    Jay-Z and Bey-Z only do what is expedient for themselves. They care too hoots about black lives and concerns at the grassroots level. Just there for showmanship.

  43. sue denim says:

    right because a player taking a knee is the real crisis that needs to be managed…