Super Bowl LIV highlighted the importance of diversity

Sahana Kumar, Staff Writer

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Over the years, every football bandwagon and non-football watchers prepare ourselves for two things: the food, the halftime show, and the commercials. And this year, it seems the Super Bowl paid attention to how they can be more diverse. 

This is the first time in Super Bowl history that two Latina women headlined, and it should be considered a win for diversity in America. 

Here’s a list from CBS Sports on the last Super Bowl headliners from the past few games: 

  • 2020: Jennifer Lopez and Shakira
  • 2019: Maroon 5, Travis Scott, Big Boi
  • 2018: Justin Timberlake, The Tennessee Kids, University of Minnesota Marching Band
  • 2017: Lady Gaga
  • 2016: Coldplay, Beyonce, Bruno Mars
  • 2015: Katy Perry, Lenny Kravitz, and Missy Elliott
  • 2014: Bruno Mars, Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • 2013: Beyonce

Usually, of all the headliners, people of color aren’t prevalent. 

“Great time for Latina women to take the stage at the biggest all-American event, with everything that’s going on in the country right now,” said Jennifer Lopez.

With President Trump fresh out of the impeachment trial, political tensions between the right and left have only increased over the years from the beginning of this millennium. 

“It’s very important for us to convey a message of unity and also to show what a relevant force the Latin community is in this country,” said Shakira.

The show hinted at the current political tensions as well: it begins with J-Lo’s daughter, Emme Maribel Muñiz, and a children’s choir singing her song “Let’s Get Loud” and parts of Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the U.S.A.”, with some placed in cages. She then flaunted the American flag, and when reversed, became the Puerto Rican flag.

 It isn’t just the halftime show that’s creating awareness. As an NFL spokesperson told BBC News, “teach football skills, emphasize exercise and reinforce the importance of character in athletics and life” despite the less than 1% of Hispanic football players in the NFL.

All in all, the Super Bowl LIV halftime show was a step forward in history as the U.S.’ entertainment industry tries to be more inclusive of the population of the U.S.

To see the halftime show in full length, click here.