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Jennifer Lopez thought the NFL using 2 Super Bowl halftime headliners was ‘the worst idea in the world’

Jennifer Lopez thought the NFL using 2 Super Bowl halftime headliners was ‘the worst idea in the world’

Jennifer Lopez and Shakira made Latina representation history with their 2020 Super Bowl halftime show, but Lopez initially resisted the National Football League’s decision to hire two headliners for the event.

In a scene from his upcoming Netflix documentary half time – which had its world premiere on Wednesday at the Tribeca Festival in New York – the Hustlers The star is seen planning the show with her musical director Kim Burse, with the pair insisting on the limited time Lopez will have to perform.

“We’ve got six fucking minutes. We’ve got 30 seconds of a song, and if we take a minute, that’s it, we’ve got five left. But, there’s gotta be some songs that we sing, though. We gotta have our singing moments. It’s not gonna be some fucking dance revue. We gotta sing our message,” Lopez told Burse. “It’s the worst idea in the world to have two people for the Super Bowl. It was the worst idea in the world.”

MIAMI, FL - FEBRUARY 02: (L-R) Shakira and Jennifer Lopez perform onstage during the Pepsi Super Bowl LIV Halftime Show at Hard Rock Stadium on February 02, 2020 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)

MIAMI, FL – FEBRUARY 02: (L-R) Shakira and Jennifer Lopez perform onstage during the Pepsi Super Bowl LIV Halftime Show at Hard Rock Stadium on February 02, 2020 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)

Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic Shakira and Jennifer Lopez at the Super Bowl.

In a separate interview for the documentary, Lopez’s longtime manager Benny Medina also expresses his frustration with the NFL’s decision to have two global icons fill the coveted performance slot.

“Usually you have a Super Bowl headliner. That headliner builds a show, and if they choose to have other guests, that’s their choice,” Medina said. “It was an insult to say that it took two Latinas to do the work that an artist has done historically.”

By comparison, earlier artists like Lady Gaga and Madonna have performed solo shows at the Super Bowl for around 14 minutes and 15 minutes, respectively.

Earlier in half timeLopez is shown having an introductory discussion with Shakira regarding the performance and how long they will each take during the set.

“I know the Super Bowl people want us to be woven throughout the show. I haven’t had confirmation on how many minutes I’m going to have,” Shakira told Lopez, who replied, ” Let me answer that very quickly.. They said 12 minutes. I got kind of a good confirmation that we might have an extra minute or two, so now we’re at, like, 13, 14 minutes. I think , Shakira, what we should have is you should have half the time and I should [have half].”

“If it was going to be a double headliner, they should have given us 20 minutes,” concludes Lopez. “That’s what they should have done.”

Jennifer Lopez performs onstage during the Pepsi Super Bowl LIV Halftime Show at Hard Rock Stadium on February 02, 2020 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images);  Emme Maribel Muñiz performs onstage during the Pepsi Super Bowl LIV Halftime Show at Hard Rock Stadium on February 02, 2020 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)

Jennifer Lopez performs onstage during the Pepsi Super Bowl LIV Halftime Show at Hard Rock Stadium on February 02, 2020 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images); Emme Maribel Muñiz performs onstage during the Pepsi Super Bowl LIV Halftime Show at Hard Rock Stadium on February 02, 2020 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)

Focus on Sport/Getty; Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic Jennifer Lopez and her daughter, Emme, perform at the Super Bowl halftime show.

An important part of half time also describes Lopez’s creative process for her part of the performance, held in Miami during Donald Trump’s presidency, whose approach to immigration – particularly people of Latin descent trying to enter the United States – triggered an intense reaction around the world.

Throughout the film, Lopez breaks down her intention to highlight immigration injustices by asking her daughter, Emme, to start singing her mother’s 2000 single “Let’s Get Loud” from inside her home. ‘a cage.

Many interpreted the image’s inclusion as a commentary on the US government’s treatment of Mexican children on the country’s southern border, and Lopez and Medina allege in half time that when the NFL got wind of the plan, they attempted to end the scene just before the Super Bowl.

“We left rehearsal and I noticed everyone was freaking out, but I don’t know why,” Lopez recalled. “I get a call from Benny and he’s like, ‘They want to remove the cages.’ That night, the top brass in the NFL saw him for the first time and they were like, “Hey, you can’t do this.”

Medina continues, “The NFL had a real concern about making a political statement on immigration. They looked at the plans and the message was absolute. They didn’t want those cages on the show. It came from the highest authority. “

Jennifer Lopez at halftime

Jennifer Lopez at halftime

netflix Jennifer Lopez rehearses in the documentary “Halftime”.

Lopez says she ultimately felt responsible for continuing the series, which was ultimately hailed as “a candid and necessary political moment for a league that has been criticized for sorely lacking both,” wrote EW’s Alex Suskind. at the time.

“For me, it’s not about politics. It’s about human rights. I’m facing the biggest crossroads in my life, to be able to play on the biggest stage in the world, but to take out the cages and sacrifice what I believe would be like never being there at all,” she says. “There was a part of me that just became very zen and I was like, ‘Benny, I don’t care what you gotta do, we’re not changing the show. The Super Bowl is tomorrow and we’re not changing anything.'”

A representative for the NFL did not respond to EW’s request for comment. half time premieres on Netflix on June 14.

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