Franklin Graham just came out and said what a lot of us have been thinking.
That Super Bowl halftime show wasn’t bold or empowering or great entertainment….it was sexual exploitation of women at its worst.
How many bare asses, crotch grabs and humping hips do we need to see?
Oh, and don’t forget the giant stripper pole right in the center.
It was a disgrace!
Here's what Franklin posted:
I don’t expect the world to act like the church, but our country has had a sense of moral decency on prime time television in order to protect children. We see that disappearing before our eyes. It was demonstrated tonight in the Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show—with millions of children watching. 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.
Here's more from our friends over at the Western Journal:
The Rev. Franklin Graham lashed out at the Super Bowl halftime show Sunday night as demeaning to women.
The event featured singers Jennifer Lopez and Shakira wearing revealing costumes and Lopez pole dancing.
“I don’t expect the world to act like the church, but our country has had a sense of moral decency on prime time television in order to protect children,” Graham wrote on his Facebook page. “We see that disappearing before our eyes. It was demonstrated tonight in the Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show — with millions of children watching.
“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.”
Not everyone disliked it.
Jeb Bush said it was the "best halftime show ever."
Here's more, from The Hill:
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) proclaimed Sunday that the Super Bowl 54 halftime show was the "best" ever after a performance by pop stars Shakira and Jennifer Lopez wrapped up in Miami.
The two singers' performance was highlighted with heavy Latin American influences and Lopez's costume, which she revealed to show the colors of the Puerto Rican flag.
Bush tweeted after the show ended: "Best Super Bowl half time show ever."
Bush's tweet was favorited and retweeted thousands of times, with some users including the account for Barstool Sports mocking Bush over his reaction.
Mediaite had more:
Tonight’s Super Bowl LIV halftime show drew criticism from some conservatives online, but several prominent Florida Republicans — including former Gov. Jeb Bush — tweeted their praise.
Jennifer Lopez and Shakira‘s performance showcased both women’s energetic dancing and singing, earning both criticism from those who thought it was too racy for a show watched by many children as well as praise from those who marveled at the “age-defying” performances (Lopez is 50 and Shakira is 43).
The negative comments generally focused on the women’s outfits and dance moves, specifically Lopez’s routine on a stripper pole and Shakira’s tongue-wagging, a celebratory vocal expression known as a “zaghrouta,” reflecting her Lebanese heritage.
In contrast, among the fans of the halftime show were Bush, as well as both of Florida’s senators, Sen. Marco Rubio and Sen. Rick Scott.
Both Bush and Rubio live in Miami, and voiced their appreciation for the Miami flavor of the halftime show. “Best Super Bowl halftime show ever,” tweeted Bush. Rubio declared it an “A+.”
Scott agreed that the show was “great” but complained about Pitbull (another Miami native) not being included.