Latinx community makes history at Super Bowl


The comic above illustrates Shakira’s Zootopia character during the superbowl performance comic created by Madison Horvat.

Daniela Jimenez, Editor-in-chief

Shakira and Jennifer Lopez made history by being the first two Latinas to perform at the Super Bowl Halftime Show. Shakira not only did her signature hip dance, but played the guitar on stage. Shakira performed her hit songs ‘Hips Don’t Lie,’ ‘She Wolf,’ ‘Whenever, Wherever’ as well as other songs. She was joined by Bad Bunny to perform a medley of Latin artist songs which included: ‘I Like It’ by Cardi B, Bad Bunny, J Balvin, and ‘Chantaje’ by Shakira featuring Maluma.
Jennifer Lopez followed Shakira’s performance by singing some of her top hits ‘Jenny From the Block,’ ‘Let’s Get Loud,’ ‘Waiting For Tonight’ and much more! Lopez referenced her movie Hustlers during her performance. She was joined by fellow Latin artist J Balvin on stage and they performed a medley of their own. The songs they performed included: ‘Mi Gente’ by J Balvin and ‘Que Calor’ by Major Lazor.

Shakira and Jennifer Lopez eventually took the stage together to perform ‘Waka Waka’. Shakira also played the drums for one of the songs. Lopez’s eleven year old daughter, Emme, performed the song ‘Let’s Get Loud’ by Lopez. Her performance seemed to symbolize the immigrant kids who are locked up in cages after being separated from their families at the border. After Emme’s solo stage, Lopez and Shakira joined her to perform ‘Born in the USA’ with Lopez rocking the American and Puerto Rican flag on the large feather vest she was wearing. The singers ended the show with the song ‘Waka Waka’ by Shakira. In an interview with Good Morning America, the singers were asked what they wanted the audienceto feel, Shakira said, “I want them to feel joyful and like they just went to a great party. An all-inclusive party that integrates cultures and diversity.” The performance received much praise for the Latinx community.
However, some believed it was not a good representation of the Latinx community. Spanish teacher Ms. Diaz shared her thoughts on the performance, “I was not a fan of the half-time show because I’m personally not a huge fan of J.Lo’s or Shakira’s
music. I would have loved to see Bad Bunny, Cardi B., or J. Balvin headline instead. I was also very disappointed because
there was a rumor that Los Tigeres del Norte were going to perform at some point, and they never did. I would have loved to see them perform!” The performance also received criticism that it was not “appropriate” because their outfits were deemed too revealing. These comments did not sit well with most of the Latinx community because they value expression through their
body in a positive manner.
This performance will go down in history for its representation of women and the Latinx community.