The Super Bowl LVI halftime show featured dancing women and several iconic Black musicians, so, as seen numerous times in the past, some of America's conservative thought leaders posted controversial takes on the performance.
The widely praised show featured Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, Anderson Paak, 50 Cent and Mary J. Blige performing a variety of hits from their impressive careers, giving Millennials and Gen X oodles of nostalgia, as tracks like "Lose Yourself," "The Next Episode," "Alright," "In Da Club" and "Still D.R.E." brought the house down in the eyes of many. However, not every viewer was impressed. Turning Point USA founder Charlie Kirk kicked off the backlash with a contentious claim that the show proved the NFL is now the "league of sexual anarchy."
The NFL is now the league of sexual anarchy. This halftime show should not be allowed on television.
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) February 14, 2022
Kirk, perhaps forgetting to remember an actual Super Bowl halftime show sex scandal, appears to have been referring to 50 Cent's eye-catching upside-down performance, which featured a cast of women backup dancers reminiscent of the song's 2002 video. Otherwise, not much of the show was sexually provocative, with the performers focusing instead on performing their hits with relatively little in the way of elaborate choreography.
Twitter, always game to dunk on a conservative scandalized by sex, was quick to joke about Charlie's hot take.
this halftime show was among the most sexless in Charlie’s lifetime but he had a tweet locked and loaded and couldn’t pivot to a more racist angle fast enough https://t.co/KRIEzfgFOG
— Miles Klee (@MilesKlee) February 14, 2022
Bro you were watching a porn parody not the superbowl just admit it lmao. https://t.co/Suf18pxdQs
— Mutahar (@OrdinaryGamers) February 14, 2022
bro is bricked up watching 50 cent https://t.co/ICFrTrvJjA
— hasanabi (@hasanthehun) February 14, 2022
Sexual anarchy LMFAOOOOOOOOOOO my guy, touch a breast once in a while https://t.co/JtYbGDYQaw
— Joe Santagato (@JoeSantagato) February 14, 2022
Making the NFL sound way cooler than it actually is https://t.co/pm7wCiSRkL
— Justin Whang 🐙 (@JustinWhang) February 14, 2022
In another controversial take, conservative author Nick Adams got Kid Rock to trend by asserting that Mr. Rock, Ted Nugent and Lee Greenwood, all conservative country music stars, could put on a better halftime show than "these hoodlums." Coincidentally, Kid Rock actually has played a halftime show — the same one where Janet Jackson's nipple appeared on screen for half a second.
Ted Nugent, Kid Rock, and Lee Greenwood would put on a better Halftime Show than these hoodlums.
— Nick Adams 🚚 (@NickAdamsinUSA) February 14, 2022
While one wonders how songs like "Cowboy," "Bawitdaba" and "Redneck Paradise" would have played to a Los Angeles crowd who appeared to revel in the West Coast hip-hop from Snoop, Dre and Kendrick, Adams' take was widely roasted for having purported racist undertones, not to mention the perceived difference in quality between the performers he suggested and the performers who actually played.
😂🤣😅 racist Twitter is on fire today. https://t.co/BUOcSQAcxd
— Titus (@TitusNation) February 14, 2022
Kid Rock already put on a Halftime Show and it was so bad none of y'all remember it 🤣 https://t.co/nvT8Q1rSB1
— Dara Does Deep State (@daralynn13) February 14, 2022
Oh, I see. The music mogul, the Pulitzer Prize winner, the cultural icons on stage last night? "Hoodlums." https://t.co/SkKU65LkyS
— Julia Ioffe (@juliaioffe) February 14, 2022
Kid Rock performed at a Super Bowl halftime show. He got upstaged by 0.5 seconds of Janet Jackson's nipple. https://t.co/3NPwUOwygc
— Parker Molloy (@ParkerMolloy) February 14, 2022
While many feel that last night's halftime show was among the best the NFL has put on in recent years, rest assured, there will surely be halftime shows in the future that skew towards Kirk, Adams and other conservative demographics.