Rev. Graham: Pepsi Halftime Show Tells 'Young Girls That Sexual Exploitation of Women is OK'

Michael W. Chapman | February 5, 2020 | 10:13am EST
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Rev. Franklin Graham.  (Screenshot, FNC)
Rev. Franklin Graham. (Screenshot, FNC)

Commenting on the Super Bowl half-time show, which was sponsored by Pepsi, evangelical leader Franklin Graham said the display was a mockery of "moral decency" and that Pepsi was "showing young girls that sexual exploitation of women is okay."

The halftime show was little more than a striptease performed by pop-tarts Shakira and Jennifer Lopez, complete with crotch-rubbing, butt-shaking, hip-grinding, S&M leather, and a stripper pole. 

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"I don’t expect the world to act like the church, but our country has had a sense of moral decency on prime time television in order to protect children," said Rev. Graham in a Feb. 2 post on Facebook. 

"We see that disappearing before our eyes," he said.  "It was demonstrated tonight in the Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show -- with millions of children watching."

"This exhibition was Pepsi showing young girls that sexual exploitation of women is okay," said the Christian leader.  

"With the exploitation of women on the rise worldwide, instead of lowering the standard, we as a society should be raising it," he added. "I’m disappointed in Pepsi and the NFL."

Melissa Henson, program director for the Parents Television Council, said in a statement: "It was disappointing that the millions of NFL fans – including families with young children - watching the Super Bowl were treated to a sexually-charged halftime show. It’s too bad the little girls on stage during the halftime show were watching the pole dancing instead of the Olay STEM commercials."

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"It’s unfortunate that such hyper-sexualized content was given a main stage at this event,” said Henson.

Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, president of The Ruth Institute, said in a statement that the halftime show was "an internationally televised grooming session. Convincing prospective victims that overtly sexual displays are normal and empowering, softening victims up to ‘consent’ to sex more readily--these are the hallmarks of sexual grooming.”

“Corporate America, including the major networks and the NFL, have shown us that they are ‘all in’ for promoting the Sexual Revolution," said Morse. "We call on Christian athletes, especially NFL players, to stop allowing their talent to be exploited for this purpose.”

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