There is some controversy surrounding last night’s Super Bowl performance given by Jennifer Lopez and Shakira with regards to the objectification of women. Some are saying Lopez’s pole dancing performance was some sort of a revenge for not being nominated for an Oscar for her performance in “Hustlers,” however what people are really talking about is the objectifying of women especially given the #MeToo movement that has swept our nation and redefined culture in the workplace.
I’ve only been to a strip club once in my life, and that was enough for me to never go back. It was some shady place near Downtown Los Angeles, and the moment I got there I was uncomfortable. I went cause it was a good friends birthday and I wanted to celebrate and show my support, but when I sat down I was uncomfortable to see women pretty much naked in obscene sexual positions. It was nothing like the popular culture hit movie from the 80’s, “Flashdance,” so I was not prepared for what I witnessed at the club. I don’t judge people that decide to strip for a living cause we all need money to survive, but I slightly wonder about the people that frequent such establishments. It felt wrong to be part of the crowd, so after paying my respects to my friend I left.
So, for those that watched the Super Bowl do you think Lopez’s performance was tasteful? Should children be exposed to pole dancing during a Super Bowl half time show? Does it objectify women, or does this performance exemplify female empowerment?
Also, let’s keep in mind that Janet Jackson was banned from ever performing at the Super Bowl again after Justin Timberlake ripped her shirt off exposing her nipple during a half time show. Timberlake walked away with no tainted reputation, while people blamed Jackson and she took all the heat.
I wonder what the response would be if a male performed a pole dancing show at the Super Bowl half time show, but when’s the last time you saw a male stripper mount a pole?