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Halftime Show for the Ages… It Was Fun Explaining Why Grown Women Wear What They Do to My Daughters


February 2020

I want to thank JLo personally, for giving me the opportunity to explain to my teenage daughters why a 50 year-old woman would wear ass-less chaps as a halftime show costume. It was even better explaining the stripper pole. That was a classy touch. Yeah.

Shakira was Shakira and I was awfully grateful for the crotch shots from both, though it was a little uncomfortable seeing that with my daughters in the room. Still, you gotta love the inspiring message that could be gleaned from the performance – two older women performing together, before tens of thousands in the stadium and millions on TV! The message? “Shaking ass sells records, so we shall shake ass.”


Damage control tonight. Thanks, ladies.

If you want to have a chuckle about the whole kerfuffle, check out this article… it’s a good one.


  1. elisariva says:

    Jim – I believe we share more in common than not and I believe we respect each other enough to share opposing view points. With that – here goes.

    Okay – as a middle aged woman, here is my take. Shakira is 43 and JLo is 50. Those women look amazing for their age. Shakira played both the guitar and drums. They are incredibly talented. They wore costumes. Had they been dressed more modestly, the lash back may have been just as strong.

    What would I tell young ladies watching? First look at their talent. Choose to dress in a way that you feel best expressed yourself. Be an independent woman.

    And by all means – don’t listen to any man who – without shame – said when a man is famous he can do anything to women, even grab them by the p**sy.

    Just another point of view to consider.

    • bgddyjim says:

      That’s a good one, though you got the context a little wrong. He likes to kiss women, not grab their p****ies. Harvey Weinstein, now he liked to grab p****ies.

      P****ies aside, my daughters are also quite musical, so is their dad. Shakira didn’t play the drums. She banged on them for a minute, but even Phil Rudd could have played that part.

      It’s no better and definitely no worse than ass-less chaps, though. So, what’s the lesson there? Flaunt your ass if you have a nice ass? Jesus, I hope not. I’d say neither was right.

      • elisariva says:

        I get your point. My context is not wrong. The audio tape was very clear. He said “grab ‘em by the p**sy”. Here is the transcript.

      • bgddyjim says:

        Did you read it?! And down below, where he says, “Melania says it’s okay” if he gets a hug…

        “Trump: Yeah, that’s her. With the gold. I better use some Tic Tacs just in case I start kissing her. You know, I’m automatically attracted to beautiful — I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything.
        Bush: Whatever you want.
        Trump: Grab ’em by the p****y. You can do anything.

      • bgddyjim says:

        Something just struck me, Elisa… do you think I failed to have the “men are dogs” discussion with my daughters? I did, in its entirety. If you remember, I wrote a while back that it’s my job to mess up the chances of every piece of trash on the planet by showing them how a real man treats a lady… I wasn’t just writing that for fun, I take that responsibility seriously.

        That would include anyone who would “grab” a woman anywhere, who didn’t have explicit permission and a wedding ring to do so. You know me better than that!

      • elisariva says:

        Oh, no – I didn’t think you were one sided. The subject drifted. My premise is that men and women are viewed so differently. Men expect women to look a certain way, behave a certain way, yet men get away with just about anything. The talent of those two last night, especially Shakira IMO, far out shown the costumes they wore. JLo is known for her bootie shake. Had she been in modest clothes and didn’t shake it up, she would have been ridiculed all the same. The double standard is getting old.

      • bgddyjim says:

        Try being a conservative for a few minutes. President Obama makes a deal with Russia to withhold missile defense from Europe in return for Putin leaving Ukraine alone until after the election and it’s no big deal. Trump gets impeached (weakly, there is that) for thinking about investigating corruption so deep and seedy even Obama had to hold his nose… We could go on for hours.

        Anyway, that double-standard between men and women isn’t as sacrosanct as many women believe, nor as deep… when’s the last time you poked fun at a guy for wearing a banana hammock to the beach? I’ve got one I wear as a joke to embarrass my wife in front of friends… when’s the last time you showed up in a bikini and everyone laughed?

        Women get the short end of the stick in a lot of things, there’s no doubt. Try watching the clip of that performance from my perspective; from a dad who is trying to convince his sixteen year-old daughter that sex should wait until she’s old enough to accept the results of what happens next… Perhaps I should have explained myself a little better.

        And yes, I did wait till after I was 18. Not married, but old enough to step up if needed. We’re not all dogs. Just some of us (how about that double-standard). 😀

  2. Jim, I totally agree with you 🙌🏼

  3. Geoff says:

    I believe you are drifting on a river in Egypt, my friend.

  4. joliesattic says:

    LMAO without assless chaps! If it means anything, the night before, I’d gone to a burlesque show my sister was in. I told my husband, It was modest by comparison. Truth. Hmmmm, I’m wondering now, if the next show will up the ante based on the response of this halftime show.

  5. annastk76 says:

    I agree – “powerful” gets bandied around when we show our bodies and the more the better. I’m all for freedom and the courage to do and be what the hell you want, but to call a middle aged woman powerful because she’s dancing around a pole with her arse hanging out ain’t what I think of as powerful. Toni Morrison is powerful. Fine, do what you like but your power doesn’t rest on your buttocks or abs or the shape or size of those.

    Yes, both sexy and talented ladies and damn, can they move, but….. No.

  6. capejohn says:

    First we have Adam Levine shirtless, now Shakira and Jalo. Thank goodness for different channels on our TVs.

  7. I found neither all that exciting. Of course, it may have been the fact that my young lady was cuddled up next to me! AND, I could have done without the tongue…..

    • bgddyjim says:

      That’s Shakira for you – she’s always seemed awkward to me that way… it’s like she’s a bit of a socially inept nerd that somehow made it and every once in a while she does something that makes people kinda scratch their head and say, “Why would a pro do THAT?”

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