Halftime Show: A Full-Time Lesson in Kindness

Football halftime shows, specifically the Super Bowl shows, are notorious for being big, over the top and incredibly entertaining.

This year’s show was no different! My jaw still hasn’t closed. I’m in such awe!

But, I’m also still in shock over Lady Gaga’s performance at the half time show in 2017! Diving off the roof and saying hi to her parents did me in!

Shakira said it best, her hips don’t lie!
She is an amazing dancer and is in extraordinarily good shape. I loved watching her move more than listening to her singing but that is neither here nor there.

JLo is and will always be an icon. She is daring and risque with almost everything she has ever done. Do you remember the nearly naked green dress? Or the dress with the plunging neckline? I do. And I am here for it.

In a world where we, as women, are screaming for equality, are fighting for body shaming to end and embracing who we are in every aspect of life, who are we to sit here and criticize? We shouldn’t be mad at JLo or Shakira. They are who they are and they aren’t going to apologize, nor should they.

Instead of talking about the revealing outfits, how old they are, or if we thought their performance was risque or obscene, let’s talk about the stage being lit up as the Venus symbol, the little girls (including JLo’s daughter) who sang, the Puerto Rican/American flag JLo wore, and let’s not forget the cages. Their message was powerful, uplifting and even somewhat political. These are the things that matter.

Also, can we go back to Lady Gaga’s performance in 2017, for a second?

She was phenomenal! But the performance was clouded by judgment because of her stomach. Why? Why do we have to do this to each other? Can we please vow to end this type of humiliation?

We need to remember to be kind to our fellow humans. My choices aren’t your choices just as your choices aren’t mine. Celebrate our differences. The end.

Marissa Winters
Marissa has lived in Lafayette since 2014 and quickly fell in love with Louisiana culture, community spirit and the amazing food!! Marissa is the Director of Healthy Acadiana at the United Way of Acadiana and loves to be the helper. Marissa has a 5 year old named Jackson and absolutely loves being his Mama. Follow along with them as they navigate the waters of school, co-parenting, and so much more.


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