Jennifer Lopez and Shakira made history in Latin representation by appearing at the 2020 Super Bowl Halftime, but Lopez initially resisted the NFL’s decision to name two top stars for the event.
In a scene from her upcoming Netflix documentary half time – which had its world premiere on Wednesday at the Tribeca Festival in New York City – crooks The star was spotted sketching the show with her music director Kim Burse, with the couple stressing the limited amount of time Lopez will have to perform.
“We have six minutes. We have 30 seconds of song, and if we take a minute, that’s it, we have five minutes left. But, there have to be some songs to sing, though. We have to have our singing moments. It’s not going to be a dance to theatrical music.” We have to sing our message out,” Lopez told Burce. “This is the worst idea in the world for two people to do a Super Bowl. It was the worst idea in the world.”
Jeff Kravitz / Movie Magic Shakira and Jennifer Lopez in the Super Bowl.
In a separate interview for the documentary, Lopez’s longtime manager Benny Medina expressed his frustration with the NFL’s decision to have two world icons occupy the coveted performance spot.
“You usually have one major address in the Super Bowl. That headline builds a show, and if they choose to have other guests, that’s their choice,” Medina says. “It was an insult to say that you need two Latinas to do the job that one artist has historically done.”
In contrast, former performers such as Lady Gaga and Madonna have performed solos at the Super Bowl for 14 minutes and 15 minutes, respectively.
Earlier half timeLopez is shown having an initial discussion with Shakira regarding the performance and the amount of time each will take during the set.
She told Shakira Lopez, who replied, “I know people in the Super Bowl want us to spun throughout the show. I haven’t gotten confirmation on how many minutes I’m going to get.” . They said 12 minutes. I got kind of a good assurance that we could have an extra minute or two, so we’re now at 13, 14 minutes. I think, Shakira, what you must have is half the time and I must [have half]. “
“If it was a double title, they should have given us 20 minutes,” Lopez ends. “That’s what they should have done.”
Focus on Sports / Getty Images; Jeff Kravitz / Movie Magic Jennifer Lopez and her daughter, Amy, perform at the Super Bowl Halftime Show.
a large part of half time She also charts Lopez’s creative process for her portion of the performance, which took place in Miami during the presidency of Donald Trump, whose approach to immigration—particularly Hispanic people trying to enter the United States—provoked a worldwide backlash.
Throughout the film, Lopez breaks her intention to highlight immigration grievances by having her daughter Amy sing her mother’s 2000 single “Let’s Get Loud” from inside a cage.
Many interpreted the inclusion of the photo as a comment on the US government’s treatment of Mexican children on the country’s southern border, and Lopez and City in half time that when the NFL got word about the plan, they tried to cancel the scene before the Super Bowl.
“We left rehearsal and I noticed everyone was panicking, but I don’t know why,” Lopez recalls. “I got a call from Benny saying, ‘They want to pull the cages. That night, the top officials in the NFL saw it for the first time and were saying, “Hey, you can’t do that.”
Medina continues: “The NFL had a real concern about making a political statement about immigration. They looked at the plans, and the message was absolute. They didn’t want those cages to be shown on show. It came from the highest authority.”
Netflix Jennifer Lopez rehearsing for the documentary Halftime.
Lopez says she eventually felt a responsibility to carry on with the show, which was ultimately hailed as “a frank and necessary political moment for a league that has been criticized for its severe lack of both,” EW’s Alex Suskind wrote at the time.
“For me, this isn’t about politics. This is about human rights. I’m at the biggest crossroads of my life, to be able to perform on the biggest stage in the world, but to break out the cages and sacrifice what I think would be like not being there at all.” “There was a part of me that got really cool and I was like, ‘Penny, I don’t care what you have to do, we don’t change the show. The Super Bowl is tomorrow and we won’t change anything.”
An NFL representative did not respond to an electronic warfare request for comment. half time It premieres on Netflix on June 14.
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