- Jennifer Lopez said in her Netflix documentary Halftime that sharing the halftime show with Shakira was “the worst idea in the world.”
- “If it was a double title, they should have given us 20 minutes,” she told Shakira.
- NFL representatives did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
Jennifer Lopez hasn’t held back her feelings about sharing the 2020 Super Bowl halftime stage with fellow Latin pop star Shakira in her new life.
The documentary Halftime premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival on Wednesday night.
In a scene planning her half-performance with her music director Kim Bourse, Lopez said it was the “worst idea in the world” for two people to share the spotlight on the halftime show, Entertainment Weekly reported.
“We have six fucking minutes,” Lopez said in the movie, noting that that gave her very little time to sing much of any song, even though she did get a few songs she had to include on the show. “We have to have our singing moments. It won’t be a dance play. We have to sing our message.”
The “Love Doesn’t Cost Anything” singer continued, “This is the worst idea in the world for two people to do the Super Bowl. It was the worst idea in the world.”
In another scene from the movie, Lopez’s longtime manager Benny Medina backed up his client’s feelings.
“Usually, you have one headline in the Super Bowl. That headline builds a show, and if they choose to have other guests, that’s their choice,” Medina told Entertainment Weekly. “It was an insult to say that you need two Latinas to do the job that one artist has historically done.”
Entertainment Weekly notes that when performers like Madonna and Lady Gaga topped the Super Bowl in 2012 and 2017, respectively, they were each given more than 13 minutes to perform solo.
In the first scenes of “Halftime” Lopez and Shakira appear in the early stages of planning their performance. Lopez said unnamed parties in the NFL have told her they will have about 12 minutes to perform all together, but that the length will likely increase by a minute or two.
The 2020 Super Bowl Halftime ran for about 14 minutes, giving Lopez and Shakira about seven minutes each to perform a selection of their biggest hits.
“If it was going to be a double title, they should have given us 20 minutes,” Lopez said.
NFL representatives did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
Some viewers were also not happy about the 2020 season premiere for a different reason
As CNN reported, there was controversy in the wake of the performance as well. According to the network, the FCC received 1,312 complaints after the performance from people who said the show was “inappropriate, especially for children.”
Some complaints stated that “Lopez was dressed too scantly” and some viewers objected to the fact that the “Jenny From The Block” singer danced to a pole during her part of the show, CNN reported.
Lopez has consistently addressed the difficulties she faced throughout her career as an actress, dancer, and Latin pop star.
In an interview published in February, she told Rolling Stone, “I think I’m an underdog. I always feel like I’ve been bottoming out. Always.”
The mother-of-two continued, “I always felt like I wasn’t the person I was supposed to be in the room.”
The “Hustlers” star was honored with the Generation Award at the 2022 MTV Movie & TV Awards on Sunday. During her talk, she acknowledged the people who made her path to success more difficult.
“Since you can’t create reality unless you really live it, I have a different kind of ‘thanks’ list tonight,” Lopez said. “I want to thank all the people who gave me this life. I want to thank the people who gave me joy and the people who broke my heart, those who were honest, and who lied to me. I want to thank true love, and I want to thank the way I lied to myself because that is The way I knew I had to grow.”
The Selena representative continued, “I want to thank the disappointment and failure for teaching me to be strong and for my children for teaching me love.”
Halftime is available to stream on Netflix on June 14.