How superstar Jennifer Lopez was banned from using the female symbol in the Super Bowl halftime show that celebrated women by the ‘woke’ British director who claimed he was ‘exclusive’
- Jennifer Lopez couldn’t use the female symbol because it wasn’t “inclusive”
- Singer sued over director Hamish Hamilton’s ban
- The theme of the Super Bowl show in Miami at the time was female empowerment
As a self-made multi-millionaire superstar, Jennifer Lopez is a feminist icon who embodies female empowerment.
But the singer has complained that she was banned from using the female gender symbol during her Super Bowl show by a “woke” British director.
The 52-year-old star says Hamish Hamilton told her she shouldn’t feature the ‘disputed’ symbol in her performance – which was watched by more than 200 million people worldwide – because it wasn’t inclusive .
Jennifer Lopez has complained that she was banned from using the female gender symbol during the Super Bowl show by ‘woke’ British director Hamish Hamilton. The 52-year-old star said he was told the symbol was not inclusive
Blackpool-born Hamilton pulled it off – despite the February 2020 performance intending to celebrate the achievements of women.
Ms Lopez, also known as J-Lo, reveals behind the scenes of her Netflix documentary Halftime, which includes footage of when Hamilton, 56, told the American superstar to change his plans.
He is shown telling her, “I’m probably going to be controversial now, but the only thing in it [the performance] what isn’t subtle — and in fact it’s controversial, given everything that’s going on with identity politics right now — is the female symbol.
“I think that might be considered by some people to be actually exclusive.”
In a reference to the overly obvious symbolism, he adds: “I also think it’s a bit on the nose.
“It may have been something that was done in a Super Bowl a while ago that didn’t have the artistry.” I understand the meaning behind that, but what you say in the show is much more powerful than having that symbol there.
J-Lo revealed she was surprised Hamilton wanted to ban the symbol (pictured) while approving of having a stage show featuring child dancers performing in cages The theme for the Super Bowl show at Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium was ‘women’s empowerment’
J-Lo expressed surprise that Hamilton wanted to ban the symbol while endorsing the holding of a stage show featuring child dancers performing in cages.
The star, the daughter of immigrant parents from the tough streets of New York’s Bronx, has built a career that has seen her sell more than 75million records and amass an estimated fortune of £325million.
The theme for the Super Bowl show at Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium was female empowerment, with J-Lo giving a pole dancing performance to project an image of confidence.
It featured some 130 dancers, mostly women, in a lively spectacle intended to reflect the city’s Latin culture.
Hamish Hamilton (pictured), who has run the Super Bowl show since 2010, reportedly told Miss Lopez she must not feature the ‘disputed’ symbol in her performance – which was watched by more than 200 million people in the world – because it was not inclusive
Her appearance included five costume changes, with each Versace outfit approved by Donatella Versace herself. The show, which also starred Colombian star Shakira, received five Primetime Emmy nominations.
Hamilton started his career at BBC Scotland and has been leading the Super Bowl show since 2010. Two years ago he led the Oscars which have been dubbed ‘the most woke of all time’. Critics say the ceremony tried too hard to compensate for the lack of diversity among the nominees with politically correct acceptance speeches from the winners.
Brad Pitt, Natalie Portman and Joaquin Phoenix all made political statements on the night, which drew 25% fewer viewers than the previous year, at 23 million. Hamilton also led the opening and closing ceremonies of the London 2012 Olympics alongside Danny Boyle and is due to oversee the opening event of the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham next month.
J-Lo recently got engaged to actor Ben Affleck for the second time after the couple rekindled their relationship, 19 years after calling off their original marriage.
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