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Jeb Bush Loved Halftime Show Despite Some Conservative Ire


Shakira and Jennifer Lopez perform onstage during the Pepsi Super Bowl LIV Halftime Show

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Tonight’s Super Bowl LIV halftime show drew criticism from some conservatives online, but several prominent Florida Republicans — including former Gov. Jeb Bush — tweeted their praise.

Jennifer Lopez and Shakira‘s performance showcased both women’s energetic dancing and singing, earning both criticism from those who thought it was too racy for a show watched by many children as well as praise from those who marveled at the “age-defying” performances (Lopez is 50 and Shakira is 43).

The negative comments generally focused on the women’s outfits and dance moves, specifically Lopez’s routine on a stripper pole and Shakira’s tongue-wagging, a celebratory vocal expression known as a “zaghrouta,” reflecting her Lebanese heritage.

In contrast, among the fans of the halftime show were Bush, as well as both of Florida’s senators, Sen. Marco Rubio and Sen. Rick Scott.

Both Bush and Rubio live in Miami, and voiced their appreciation for the Miami flavor of the halftime show. “Best Super Bowl halftime show ever,” tweeted Bush. Rubio declared it an “A+.”

Scott agreed that the show was “great” but complained about Pitbull (another Miami native) not being included.

During Scott’s term as Florida governor, Pitfall was hired to promote Florida tourism as part of a lucrative contract with Visit Florida, the state’s official tourism marketing agency that drew scrutiny for a lack of transparency with its finances. Part of the contract included the production of a video for a song called “Sexy Beaches” that promoted Visit Florida’s hashtag #LoveFL (which Scott included again in tonight’s tweet).

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