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Good grief: Hollywood Reporter praises Jennifer Lopez and Shakira’s Super Bowl performance for “their powerful but subtle statements on Puerto Rico and U.S. immigration policy”

Who wants to tell them?

Excerpts from THR article:

“The multihyphenate Bronx-born star donned a feathered Puerto Rican flag and featured what some Twitter users are interpreting as “children in cages” during her performance.

In both a direct call to her Puerto Rican heritage and what some believe is a response to President Donald Trump’s child immigration policies, Lopez brought her daughter, Emme, out to perform a moving snippet of her single “Let’s Get Loud.”

Behind Emme were a group of children, all holding hands and dressed in white outfits featuring sparkling American flags on the tops. Behind the young singer was Shakira on drums, and around her other children, also dressed in white and sitting in what some have interpreted as “cages” of light. A moment later, Lopez draped herself in a feathered Puerto Rican flag while delivering a rendition of Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the USA.”

Two Latinas doing this at this time in this country — it’s just very empowering for us,” Lopez said during the Super Bowl press conference last Thursday. “For me, I’m very proud to be able to help set and push forth that message.”

An “empowering” performance…

“I think it’s a very important moment for our community, for the Latino community, in this country,” singer, songwriter and dancer Shakira followed up. “And I think the Super Bowl is a very American event, as American as it can get. I think it’s very nice to see that it’s also going to be a reminder of the heritage of this country, which is one of diversity.”

This performance would have been more realistic had they used warehouses for props.

DCG

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