Rihanna‘s halftime show at Super Bowl LVII generated outrage among some viewers, who flooded the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) with complaints.
According to the site TMZ, there are at least 103 complaints regarding this month’s Super Bowl broadcast, and almost all of them had to do with RiRi’s halftime show. According to the complaints, the lyrics and choreography were too sexualized, with some viewers even comparing it to porn.
Complaints from across the country
For example, one viewer from California compared Rihanna’s performance to Kim Petras and Sam Smith’s performance at the Grammys and said, “Children should not be exposed to pornography and as an adult I don’t want to watch it … Where has decency gone, what about respect for others and for oneself?” In Utah, one viewer complained that the halftime show was so indecent that he had to turn off the TV because of the pornographic content.
Meanwhile, viewers across the country complained about the “overtly sexual dances” and sexually charged song content.
Although Rihanna was pregnant and didn’t dance much, most of the ire was directed at the background dancers, who some say made gestures that “were patently offensive and completely inappropriate for children.”
When RiRi did some dance moves, they also drew complaints. For example, one viewer in Florida complained that “she opened her a** cheek on the crack. She rubbed her pants where her lips were three times.”
Despite the complaints, Rihanna’s performance was relatively benign compared to Justin Timberlake and Janet Jackson’s wardrobe malfunction at the 2004 Super Bowl, which generated 540,000 complaints to the FCC.