Backlash Over ‘NCIS: New Orleans’ Star Lucas Black’s Super Bowl Halftime Show Comments Are ‘Fast and Furious’
Super Bowl LIV is over, but backlash over the halftime show continues. Former NCIS: New Orleans star, Lucas Black, is catching some heat following a controversial tweet about Jennifer Lopez and Shakira’s performance. Here’s what he said, and how fans are reacting.
Lucas Black is a religious man
The Alabama native is proud of his roots, claiming one of his biggest inspirations growing up was his father. Via CBS, Black’s father was a museum worker who “instilled the value of diligence at a young age.” Black also praises his father-in-law’s “lifestyle and example.”
What you see is what you get with the Fast and Furious 9 actor. As a man who’s turned down roles that required him to drop his thick southern accent, Black’s faith is equally important and he isn’t afraid to talk about it.
Black’s Instagram bio says, “Being molded by the potter,” while his Twitter location says “Southern by the grace of God.” The majority of Black’s posts and tweets either have religious undertones or are direct biblical scriptures or messages to his thousands of followers.
Many of Black’s fanbase understand and accept his views. However, some are slamming the NCIS: New Orleans star for his comments about the Super Bowl halftime show for being “hypocritical.”
What did Black say about the ‘Super Bowl LIV’ halftime show?
Late Feb. 2, Black took to Twitter to post his feelings over Jennifer Lopez and Shakira’s halftime show performance.
“Protecting your daughter and sons from seeing the display of sexual exploitation at the #SuperBowl halftime show is showing love. We have to teach our younger generation that their value and self worth comes from what God says is true about them,” he said.
While a slew of fans posted “Amen” in agreement, it didn’t take long before Black’s comments received immediate and intense backlash. Many noted the irony of a shirtless Adam Levine performing with Maroon 5, not receiving the same criticism.
“Teach your children to see a Latin woman without fetishizing her. We saw empowerment of self-image, acceptance of roots from dancing to rhythms that run deep with into embracing other world countries, to strong messages like don’t put children born in America in cages,” one person tweeted.
Another weighed in: “Dude, are you high? What I saw was two extraordinary women putting on a hell of a show, not sexploitation. Your god wouldn’t say that they’re strong and important females? They ‘re tigresses and proud of it.”
“How dare you perpetuate the misogynistic notion that women celebrating their bodies and being in charge of their sexuality somehow diminishes their value! Shame on you!” another commented.
With 256 retweets and 2,600 likes, the comments continue pouring in over the controversial post. Fans of the star are divided, in complete agreement or against Black’s controversial statements.
Black alluded to his faith after the backlash and many stand behind him
Since news of Black’s tweet spread, some have pointed out the irony of his involvement in the Fast and Furious franchise which actress Michelle Rodriguez has spoken up about in regard to how women are treated.
“F8 is out digitally today, I hope they decide to show some love to the women of the franchise on the next one,” Rodriguez previously posted on Instagram.
“Or I just might have to say goodbye to a loved franchise. It’s been a good ride & I’m grateful for the opportunity the fans & studio have provided over the years… One Love,” she said.
That said, once Black had been dragged for about 48 hours, he took to Twitter again. He didn’t apologize nor back down from his comments or beliefs but seemingly doubled down with his faith in plain sight.
“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1 #TrustGod #Jesus,” he said.
It’s unclear if the tweet was meant to reaffirm his Super Bowl comments or inspire those who follow. Regardless of what people think, Black hasn’t altered who he is for any reason so far, and he’s not going to start now.