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  • Writer's pictureJoe Odas

Too Hot for TV? Really?

Rhythmic shaking and pulsating tongues were too much for some to handle at this year's Super Bowl. They better steer clear of these other tantalizing shows or more lawsuits will follow!

In a Facebook video posted after the Super Bowl, there were those that were offended and one dude reached out to find a lawyer who would help him sue the NFL, Pepsi, and his local cable company for "pandering pornography" and "contributing to the delinquency of a minor". He would compare the Super Bowl LIV halftime show performed by Jennifer Lopez and Shakira to a "strip club performance". Now I don't know what kind of strip clubs that he has been to, but I personally didn't see any boobies exposed during the performance so I don't know if a "strip club" is the best comparison. If he's worried about being exposed to breasts or crotch thrusting, he better steer clear of the following programs that are easily found on network and basic cable TV:

1. The Super Bowl LIII Pepsi Halftime Show (CBS)

Maybe hot Latin dancing isn't some people's preference, because I don't recall anywhere near this much outrage for last year's Super Bowl Halftime Show featuring Maroon 5 and a shirtless Adam Levine rocking out on stage. Perhaps, he's more of a "Moves Like Jagger" fan over "Hip's Don't Lie". We all have our preferences. But if someone believes that scantily clad women moving their hips is going to bring hellfire but not a half naked dude jamming out on his guitar then I must say that they are a little hypocritical.

2. Bodyshaping (ESPN2)

Oh the '90's! What a great time to be alive! A time when networks didn't have to worry about the threat of lawsuits for showing beautiful women exercising their thighs while wearing next to nothing. Every so often a beefy strongman would join in on the action, but this ESPN2 show was mainly for dudes to tune into during commercial breaks for those watching the weekday morning SportsCenter with Rich Eisen and Stuart Scott. Did anyone actually watch this show for workout advice? I sure as hell didn't.

3. The Grind (MTV)

When I was in 7th Grade, my English teacher innocently asked me what I was doing after school. I told her, "Nothing much probably go home and watch "The Grind" on MTV." I didn't think much of it at the time - because I wanted to look cool to my twenty something year-old teacher. But looking at it today, I realized that she must of thought of me as a chubby little pervert. If you ever wanted to watch a bunch of young people on spring break or at a club grinding with one tenth the skill of J. Lo and Shakira then this is the show for you. I'm surprised that there weren't lawsuits directed at MTV from angry daddies who watched some dude grind his sweet little girl on the dance floor. Also surprised there wasn't that many scandals surrounding this show. '90's MTV ruled!

4. Baywatch (Syndicated)

This one is pretty much obvious, and I'm beginning to realize that I put tons of '90's nostalgia in this post. Baywatch is a little less about the shaking butts and more about the slow motion shaking breasts. Not just the siliconed chests, but also the hairy chest of one of my heroes "The Hoff". I've often wondered how lifeguards were able to afford expensive cars while living in Malibu and Venice Beach, California. But the bigger question is how was it possible that every single lifeguard in Southern California managed to look like a super model. And let's not get into when Mitch moonlighted as a private eye during Baywatch Nights.

5. Fox News Channel

The only thing I had to do to research this was type in "Fox News Channel skirt" in a YouTube search and a whole bunch of these videos popped up. What's shocking is that no one has threatened to sue Rupert Murdoch for what is on Fox News Channel. How hasn't Fox News Channel brought on hell, fire, and brimstone with the amount of leg that it's anchors show? Hell, one dude threatened to sue his local cable company, Pepsi, and the NFL, but why didn't he sue News Corporation and Fox themselves for airing the Super Bowl LIV halftime show to begin with? Sounds once again a bit hypocritical.

My issue with this isn't that people are offended - because they always are. My issue is that if you are going to have a problem with a halftime show contributing to the delinquency of minors, then you need to open your eyes on other aspects of entertainment. Don't just pigeon hole a performance by amazingly talented performers and consider it smut. Also to criticize J. Lo for her age is extremely ridiculous. If anything she should be heavily praised for keeping her dancing abilities after all these years. It's only a matter of time before someone is "offended' again by something others find inspiring. Perhaps out of jealousy, who knows?

I'll get off my soapbox...for now.

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