An ‘Empowering’ Super Bowl Halftime Sex Show?    

  By: David Fiorazo
   Published : February 4, 2020

The comments came flooding in on social media following the Pepsi, NFL Super Bowl halftime sex show. Some say it was empowering to women. Really? I saw comments from Grandmothers saying how embarrassed they were watching with their grandchildren.

It was raunchy and blatantly sexual, but many feel it was degrading to women. #Metoo!

But was it at all surprising considering it was J-Lo and Shakira?

It was a predictable display of godless entertainment that brought high praise from elites like Lady Gaga, Kim Kardashian West, Ryan Seacrest, Olivia Munn, Keith Urban, and many others who most likely are completely out of touch with family values.

If you missed it, the halftime show included a stage full of scantily clad women dancing suggestively, non-stop sexuality on display: hip thrusting, booty shaking, tongue-wagging, crotch grabbing (I’m not even exaggerating), and Jennifer Lopez stripping and showing young girls how to pole dance.

Sex sells, but have Americans become hopelessly desensitized? The problem is we keep putting up with it. For those who suggest that seeing older women dance like that was encouraging, I get it – but you’re missing the point.

So, knowing the nature of these awful halftime shows and that this one was going to be controversial, many people just turned off the TV or changed the channel. Some might ask – so why bother giving this any attention. Influence.

I don’t need to tell you how much power music, media, and celebrities have on children and young people. Why discuss this?

Because every year, millions watch, and that includes impressionable children. Think about it: what messages did this hyper-sexualized show send?

And isn’t it interesting they decry treating women as sex objects – and then turn around and show women using sexuality to perform.

The hypocrisy is astounding!

By saying this performance by Jennifer Lopez and Shakira was either disgusting or disappointing, some claim we’re judging unbelievers who need to hear the gospel of forgiveness. Observations and opinions are not condemnations.

As Christians, we should live up to a higher standard: the morality of a holy God. Sanctification simply means being set apart, but where entertainment is concerned, do we stand out or do we blend in with the world?

Franklin Graham posted on Facebook that he doesn’t expect an unbelieving world to act like believing Christians, but said:

"This exhibition was Pepsi showing young girls that sexual exploitation of women is okay. With the exploitation of women on the rise worldwide, instead of lowering the standard, we as a society should be raising it. I’m disappointed in Pepsi and the NFL."
By the way, did you notice the young women dancing along with the stars of the halftime show? One year ago, I reported on how this affects girls. From beauty pageants to dance competitions, coaches and irresponsible parents are dressing children like prostitutes and teaching them sexualized routines, just like what we saw Sunday.

Are you beginning to see part of the problem here?

One mom warned that J-Lo and Shakira send a dangerous message, adding:

"Working first hand with several sex-trafficking victims, I can tell you these displays only feed the cycle. Not to mention that this was soft porn on national TV!"
A Christian mom said she was witnessing a pagan ritual from Old Testament times while others noticed occult themes or symbols.

And do you really think it’s that big of a stretch to mention the connection between the sexualization of today’s young people, entertainment, pornography, the sex trafficking industry, and abortion? Bingo.

There’s a brand new documentary out called Blind Eyes Opened that not only demonstrates the epidemic of sex trafficking in the United States, but makes a clear case for the fact that the abortion industry enables trafficking to thrive.

So let’s wrap this up.

In an excellent article for Faithwire, Dan Andros states:

"For a group of people who always trumpet the value of “safe spaces,” they certainly don’t seem to care about the consequences of jamming sexually provocative “performances” into programming that families will be watching."
"…It’s funny to me how modern musicians think sensually gyrating mostly naked on stage is edgy or cool or powerful. It is none of those things. It is predictable, tired, and debasing."
I know that people do care. I can see that just from the amount of comments of concerned parents and citizens. The problem is our collective silence as Christians in America regarding entertainment.

We reap what we sow, and the Bible tells us to love our neighbors enough to engage; to not conform to the ways of this world, and rather than blending in with the darkness, to shine the light of Christ.

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