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Jennifer Lopez wasn’t happy with the NFL’s decision to have her share on the stage of the Super Bowl LIV halftime show with Shakira.
Lopez’s frustration with the NFL is documented in her upcoming Netflix documentary, Halftime.
“This is the worst idea in the world for two people to do a Super Bowl,” Lopez told her music director, (via Sports Illustrated). “It was the worst idea in the world.”
The “Let’s Get Loud” singer was particularly frustrated with the time constraints that came with having two of the headlines.
Jennifer Lopez drops Netflix show ‘HALFTIME’ at Tribeca FILM
“We have six minutes. We have 30 seconds of the song, and if we take a minute, that’s it, we have five minutes,” Lopez said in the documentary. “But, there have to be some songs to sing, though. We have to have our singing moments. It won’t be dance and theatrical music. We have to sing our message.”
Singer manager Bobby Medina was also feeling his frustration with the NFL and his decision to have two main players on the 2020 halftime show.
“You usually have one major title in the Super Bowl,” Medina said in the documentary. “This headline is building a show, and if they choose to have other guests, that’s their choice. It was an insult to say you needed two Latinas to do the job that one artist has historically done.”
“If it was a double title, they should have given us 20 minutes,” Lopez said in the documentary. “That’s what they should have done.”
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The NFL also tried to get Lopez to perform with the kids in cages that were removed from the show.
“We left rehearsal and I noticed everyone was scared, but I don’t know why,” Lopez said. “I got a call from Benny, and he was saying, ‘They want to pull the cages. That night, the top officials in the NFL saw it for the first time, and they were saying, ‘Hey, you can’t do that.'”
However, Lopez went with the idea anyway.
Halftime premiered June 8 at the Tribeca Film Festival. The documentary will be available to viewers on June 14.
“Halftime” offers an intimate peek behind the curtain that reveals the audacity and grit that make Jennifer Lopez her icon, from her performances on screen and on stage around the world, to her Super Bowl halftime show, to her most recent presidential inauguration,” he stated. Tribeca Film Festival press release.
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“The documentary focuses on a global star who has inspired people for decades through her perseverance, creative brilliance, and cultural contributions. And it’s only the beginning.”
The documentary gives fans a A behind-the-scenes look at Lopez’s life She struggles to be “taken seriously” as an actress and artist.