It was all over my social media feed last night. I saw dozens of conservative Christians up in arms about the sexually suggestive nature of the halftime performances of Shakira and J.Lo. I saw the halftime show and, in my opinion, it was fairly tame. Yes, the singers and the dancers wore skimpy outfits and yes, the dances were, at times, somewhat suggestive. However, none of it was over-the-top. It was no different than a performance you might see on any of the various awards shows, like the Grammy’s. Yet, this performance seemed to light a fire under a lot of conservative Christians. I had a few of my social media friends share the following tweet from Franklin Graham:
“I don’t expect the world to act like the church, but our country has had a sense of moral decency on prime time TV in order to protect children. We see that disappearing before our eyes. It was demonstrated in tonight‘s Halftime Show—w/millions of kids watching. This exhibition was Pepsi showing young girls that sexual exploitation of women is okay. With the exploitation of women on the rise worldwide, instead of lowering the standard, we as a society should be raising it. I’m disappointed in Pepsi and the NFL.”
-Franklin Graham on Twitter
I just have to say this right here and now: Franklin Graham and all the Christian Trump supporters who expressed outrage over the halftime show, your outrage means NOTHING, except for the fact that it once again exposes your hypocritical nature and reveals just how much politics has taken a stranglehold on your faith-based world view.
Any Christian who has denounced Trump has every right to be outraged by the halftime show. But if you still support the president, you should probably just keep your mouth shut about sexual exploitation in musical performances. The president you support has as bad a history of exploiting women–and underage girls–as anyone I can think of. He has been accused of sexual assault and rape by dozens of women. He has had numerous affairs. He has bragged about how his wealth and celebrity allow him to have his way with any woman. To all of that, you have turned a blind eye. And then when two middle aged minority women dare to show a little bit of skin shake their booties a bit, you are suddenly outraged. Have you any idea what a bad look this is for you.
Franklin Graham, you say you’re worried about the message the halftime show sent to young girls that sexual exploitation is ok, yet you give a free pass to the monstrous sexual predator in the White House. You and your ilk are a pit of vipers. You don’t seek righteousness, you seek power and money. Your tweet is a joke and so is your outrage.