Like It Or Not, Here’s Why The Super Bowl Halftime Show Was Important For The Underrepresented

Feb 5, 2020, 10:42 AM | Updated: 11:05 am
Singer Jennifer Lopez performs along with her daughter Emme Maribel Muñiz during the Pepsi Super B...
Singer Jennifer Lopez performs along with her daughter Emme Maribel Muñiz during the Pepsi Super Bowl LIV Halftime Show at Hard Rock Stadium on February 02, 2020 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
(Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The Super Bowl halftime show has always been a hot-button for controversy and this year was no different. Beyond being an all-female performance, the halftime show respectfully represented a collection of different cultures.

Whether you approve or disapprove of the content of the halftime show, it was a historic performance that represented many minority people. I speak from the perspective of a Polynesian, however, I know that the need for public, cultural representation is felt by everyone.

Parris Renee Goebel, a New Zealand born choreographer is one of the hottest dancers/singers working right now.

Goebel is of Samoan, Chinese and Scottish descent and one of the most talented dancers from New Zealand, but you’ve probably never heard of her. Her dance group, The Royal Family, is full of talented Polynesian dancers but you’ve probably never heard of them. The group was as important to Super Bowl LIV as offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy.

In October of 2019, Jennifer Lopez invited the 28-year-old choreographer to collaborate and together they came up with J.Lo’s routine.

In September she choreographed Rihanna’s fashion show in New York City, at the same time choreographed the smash, viral video to Justin Bieber’s Yummy featuring her largely Polynesian dance group the Royal Family.

Goebel is fusing modern dance, hip-hop and popular culture with unabashed brown-ness and I am ALL for it.

The Super Bowl LIV halftime show featured two female music superstars. Shakira is Colombian, Lebanese and her performance absolutely reflected her particular blend of cultures including the zaghrouta – look that up or see below.

Jennifer Lopez is a first-generation American, with parents from Puerto Rico. During the performance, J-Lo wore a feathered, cape-like garment that featured the Puerto Rican Flag. As she was flaunting the flag her daughter stood next to her singing Bruce Springsteen’s “Born In The USA.”

Parris Goebel is a blend of European-Polynesian who worked her way from the suburbs of New Zealand to Hollywood. When she had the opportunity to choreograph the halftime show of the biggest sports event of the year, she used her Polynesian dance group.

I found representation in this halftime show and I found something to be proud of.


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Like It Or Not, Here’s Why The Super Bowl Halftime Show Was Important For The Underrepresented