Shakira has spoken out in defense of her upcoming Super Bowl gig, stating that the Latin community has "been through so much" in "Trump's America."
The NFL, over the last two years, has faced much public scrutiny in particular from members of the black community. Members of the Black community have called for boycotts against the NFL over its treatment of Colin Kaepernick, the Black quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers who kneeled during the national anthem to protest racism in America.
After Jay-Z's partnership with the NFL - many continued their criticism of the league. Hip hop artists slammed the league for not asking Florida artists (mostly Black artists) to perform at the Super Bowl, even though it will take place in Miami.
Instead, Shakira and Jennifer Lopez were announced as headliners for the Half-time show.
"Well, you know, I think it's the right thing to do for the Latino community because we've also been through so much in Trump's America, with walls being built and …" she told The Guardian. "It's an opportunity to celebrate our culture, you know?"
She added that "Latinos are our people ... They come seeking an opportunity to build a better life for themselves and for their children, which is what the U.S. has always prided itself on representing: opportunities."