Rihanna's halftime show at the 2023 Super Bowl has garnered a lot of attention on the internet lately, especially after the singer revealed her second pregnancy on stage.
However, despite having a significant number of fans, the performance has also received criticism.
Numerous viewers deemed the performance of the "Umbrella" singer at the Super Bowl to be excessively sexual, leading them to file formal complaints.
In fact, the Federal Communications Commission, which oversees television regulations, reportedly received an astounding 103 complaints, with the vast majority stemming from the aforementioned performance, according to TMZ.
During the show, Rihanna performed her most popular songs and was joined by a group of dancers who executed some highly suggestive choreography.
Given that Rihanna is currently pregnant, she did not partake in as much dancing as her fellow dancers, who were the main target of the complaints.
Despite Rihanna's minimal participation in the provocative dance routines, a singular viewer still criticized her directly. This person wrote:
"She spread her a** cheek at the crack. She rubbed her pants where her labia were three times."
Another disgruntled viewer, comparing the Super Bowl performance to the performances of Sam Smith and Kim Petras at the Grammys, lamented the apparent lack of "decency" in current entertainment.
"I don't care what someone worships but children shouldn't be exposed to pornography and as an adult, I don't wish to see it... Where has decency gone? How about respect for others and self?" they wrote.
An additional viewer characterized Rihanna's performance as "pornographic," and claimed to have switched off the TV due to the perceived indecency of the halftime show.
Despite the backlash, some viewers held the opposite opinion, and saw no issue with the performance.
As one viewer put it, "I don't understand the outrage about the halftime show. I thought it was great! I was impressed it wasn't overly sexual or politicized."
"Rihanna played some BANGERS. There wasn't any huge scandal. Like what more could we have asked for?!"
"Did we all watch the same halftime show what was too sexual about Rihanna's performance [sic]," a commenter wondered.
Another viewer, while acknowledging the sexual nature of the performance, contended that Rihanna was not the first artist to employ such tactics.
"The people who thought Rihanna's performance was too sexual must have never seen a Super Bowl in their life," they pointed out.