- In her Netflix documentary Halftime, Jennifer Lopez said sharing the halftime show with Shakira was “the worst idea in the world.”
- “If it was going to be a double headliner, they should have given us 20 minutes,” she told Shakira.
- NFL officials did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
Jennifer Lopez didn’t hold back her feelings about sharing the 2020 Super Bowl halftime with fellow Latinx pop star Shakira in her new
Documentary “Halftime” which premiered Wednesday night at the Tribeca Festival.
In a scene that planned her half of the performance with her music director Kim Burse, Lopez said it was “the worst idea in the world” for two people to share the halftime show’s headlining spot, as reported by Entertainment Weekly.
“We’ve got six f***ing minutes,” Lopez said in the film, according to Entertainment Weekly, noting that despite having a few hits to put on the show, it gave her very little time to sing a good portion of a song. “We have to have our singing moments. It’s not gonna be a damn dance revue. We must sing our message.”
“It’s the worst idea in the world to have two people play the Super Bowl. It was the worst idea in the world,” the “Love Don’t Cost A Thing” singer continued.
In another scene in the film, Lopez’s longtime manager, Benny Medina, supported his client’s feelings.
“Usually you have a headliner at a Super Bowl. This headliner builds a show, and should they choose to have other guests, that’s their choice,” Medina said, per Entertainment Weekly. “It was an insult to say that it took two Latinas to do the job that historically has done one artist.”
Entertainment Weekly noted that when performers like Madonna and Lady Gaga headlined the Super Bowl in 2012 and 2017, respectively, they each had over 13 minutes to perform solo.
In early scenes of “Halftime,” Lopez and Shakira are shown in the early stages of planning their performance. Lopez said nameless parties in the NFL told her they had about 12 minutes to perform all together, but that the length could probably be added a minute or two.
The 2020 Super Bowl Halftime Show totaled about 14 minutes, giving Lopez and Shakira about seven minutes each to perform a selection of their biggest hits.
“If it was going to be a double headliner, they should have given us 20 minutes,” Lopez said.
NFL officials did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
Some viewers weren’t happy about the 2020 halftime show for another reason, too
As CNN reported, there was controversy after the performance as well. According to the network, after the performance, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) received 1,312 complaints from people who said the show was “inappropriate, especially for children.”
Some of the complaints noted that “Lopez was dressed so scantily,” and some viewers objected to the fact that the “Jenny From the Block” singer danced on a pole during her portion of the show, CNN reported.
Lopez has continually addressed the struggles she faced throughout her career as an actress, dancer, and Latinx pop star.
In an interview published in February, she told Rolling Stone: “I think I’m an outsider. I always have the feeling of scratching from below. Always.”
“I always felt like I wasn’t the one who was supposed to be in the room,” the mother-of-two continued.
The “Hustlers” star was honored with a Generation Award at the 2022 MTV Movie & TV Awards on Sunday. In her speech, she paid tribute to the people who made her path to success more difficult.
“Since you can’t create the truth unless you’ve actually lived it, I have a different kind of ‘thank you’ list tonight,” Lopez said. “I want to thank everyone who gave me this life. I want to thank the people who made me happy and those who broke my heart, those who were honest and those who lied to me. I want to thank true love, and I want to thank the way I lied to myself because that’s how I knew I had to grow.”
“I want to thank disappointment and failure for teaching me to be strong and my kids for teaching me to love,” the “Selena” actor continued.
“Halftime” is available to stream on Netflix on June 14th.