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Shakira and Jennifer Lopez made America gay again with their Super Bowl half time show

Reiss Smith February 3, 2020
Shakira and Jennifer Lopez at the Super Bowl

Shakira and Jennifer Lopez made history at the Super Bowl LIV. (Getty)

Shakira and Jennifer Lopez made history as the first Latina women to headline the Super Bowl half-time show since Gloria Estefan in 1999.

Following two years of underwhelming Super Bowl half time shows (Justin Timberlake in 2018, Maroon 5 in 2019), pop fans were desperate for something a little less, well, straight and male.

As is tradition, the gays endured an insufferably heterosexual hour of football before the concert began (the presence of lesbian 49ers coach Katie Sowers the only saving grace).

At about 1am GMT, a siren sounded whose frequency was audible only to the LGBT+ community.

Shakira was first on stage, opening with her 2009 anthem ‘She Wolf’.

The multi-talented singer acquired a guitar for a snatch of her 2014 single ‘Empire’, before leaning into her Lebanese heritage for her breakthrough hit, ‘Whenever, Wherever’.


During the show, Shakira performed what has been identified as a ‘zaghroota’, a traditional Arabic ululation which swiftly became meme fodder.

After closing her set with ‘Hips Don’t Lie’ and ‘Waka Waka’, it was time for Jennifer Lopez to take the stage, kicking things off with ‘Jenny from the Block’.

The queer agenda was evident as the stage was stormed by a gaggle of harness-wearing dancers, who writhed as Lopez showed off her pole dancing skills.

Many read the interlude as a middle finger to the Oscars, after Lopez (a noted LGBT+ ally) was snubbed for her acclaimed performance in Hustlers.

The most political moment of the show came as Lopez’s daughter Emma Maribel Muniz sang ‘Born in the USA’ while her superstar mother wrapped herself in a feathered cape with the Puerto Rican flag on one side and the USA flag on the reverse.

Finally, Shakira returned the the stage for a duet version of Jennifer Lopez hit ‘Let’s Get Loud’, with the sight of the singers’ hips shaking perfect unison leaving many in a state of confusion.

After the performance, a number of fans – including the make-up entrepreneur, troll and sometimes-singer Lady Gaga – sang their praises, with some calling the halftime show ‘one of the best ever’.

And, for good measure, throwing some healthy shade at last year’s middling performance.

Watch the Shakira and Jennifer Lopez Super Bowl half time show in full here.

More: Jennifer Lopez, lady gaga, Shakira, super-bowl

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