I’ve seen a lot of negativity about the Super Bowl halftime show. “Oh my goodness, do you think their outfits could be any more skimpy?” “Is this a halftime show or a stripper show?” “Women of that age shouldn’t dress/act like that.” I was indifferent to all of that, but there is something that stuck out to me.
There were 2 strong, successful, beautiful Latina women on stage tonight. They were selected to be watched by millions of people for the halftime show. Jennifer Lopez and Shakira have won awards in music, acting, and philanthropy. They move better in their 40s and 50s than I move in my 20s.
As a future mom of Latinx children, I am proud that women of color are on stage. I’m proud that my children will get to see women that look like them performing at halftime shows. I’m proud that my children will get to see women with their skin color who are that successful. In a world where they will be bombarded with people who are white, I know that they’ll notice when there’s someone with their skin tone. I know they’ll have pride.
So whether or not you liked the music or the show, just remember that there is a child with beautiful caramel skin somewhere mesmerized that someone that looks like them was on tv and everyone was cheering for them. That child might now be a little more proud of being Latinx.