Feminists on Twitter have for days been sharing photos of scantily-clad NFL cheerleaders in an effort to shame conservative critics of the Super Bowl halftime show.
According to the consensus on the left, Sunday’s mid-game performance by Latina pop stars Jennifer Lopez and Shakira was an epic display of female empowerment. And the show’s pro-immigration symbolism was a bonus.
Meanwhile, on Twitter, liberal activists have sought to shut down countervailing takes from the right that some of the stripper-inspired gyrations weren’t family friendly enough for prime time.
It was this Twitter campaign that birthed the meme of NFL-cheerleader photos captioned with scolding feminist messages. The basic point of the tweets is that conservatives are hypocritical — and possibly racist — for appreciating their home team’s cheer squad while complaining about J.Lo and Shakira.
>Half naked cheerleaders that are mostly white at football games
*Catholic Twitter quiet*
>half naked black & Hispanic people performing at a football game
*Catholic Twitter complains about Black and Hispanic cultures*
— † Amor Meus, Jesus † (@amormeusjesus) February 3, 2020
To make her point, author Jennifer Wright showcased cheerleaders from the Philadelphia Eagles and the Dallas Cowboys.
For everyone freaking out over the scant outfits worn by J Lo and Shakira last night: here is how cheerleaders dress, I'm sorry you've never seen them before. pic.twitter.com/DpaIsT0RYE
— Jennifer Wright (@JenAshleyWright) February 3, 2020
Actress Kiersten Warren promoted talent from the sidelines of Atlanta Falcon and Cowboys games.
Unless you can point to a post about how offended you are by NFL Cheerleaders, I certainly don't wanna hear from your whiny ass today about Shakira and JLo. pic.twitter.com/yneGwsGAUN
— Kiersten Warren (@KierstenWarren) February 3, 2020
Business coach Krystal shared routines by the Seattle Seagals, the Green Bay Packerettes, America’s Sweethearts and the New Orleans Saintsations .
— Krystal ? (@ATXKrystal) February 3, 2020
The black feminist Twitter account $itsafrodisiac celebrated the women of the Baltimore Ravens, the Houston Texans and the Super Bowl LIV Champion Kansas City Chiefs.
— $itsafrodisiac ?? (@Iam_Afrodisiac) February 4, 2020
Former Trump campaign staffer turned nemesis A.J. Delagdo tweeted out a gif of the Cowboys cheerleaders doing an iconic hair flip.
When Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders girate on the floor, it’s wholesome ‘dance skills’.
When Hispanic women do it at Superbowl, it’s “my eyes! my eyes! How dirty! Someone shield the children!” pic.twitter.com/KuWmj8Utt5
— A.J. Delgado (@AJDelgado13) February 3, 2020
YouTuber Pardes Seleh mixed things up with a collage of NBA and college squads in action.
You: *freaking out over shakira's and J-lo's halftime booty shake*
meanwhile, every cheerleader ever: pic.twitter.com/Jejab2dQAx
— Pardes Seleh (@PardesSeleh) February 3, 2020
Some conservatives have disputed the notion that criticizing the halftime show makes them bigots.
In an exchange with a Twitter accuser Sunday, The Daily Wire’s Matt Walsh noted that conservatives have been complaining about “inappropriate” halftime shows by white performers “for the past 25 years.”
Wait you really think people just started complaining about inappropriate half time shows this year when the performers were from Latin America? Have you been cryogenically frozen in a capsule somewhere for the past 25 years? Honestly curious https://t.co/GtvC17mR6X
— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) February 3, 2020
However, most conservatives stayed silent amid the onslaught of cheerleader images from sex-positive feminists.
Maybe they were cowed, or maybe, like one socially conservative woman’s 13-year-old son, they’re so disgusted that they had to retreat to their bedrooms for some alone time.