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Jeb! Bush Weighs In On Raunchy Super Bowl Halftime Show, Internet Melts Down

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GREENVILLE, SC - FEBRUARY 19, 2016: Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush addresses the crowd at a campaign rally February 19, 2016 in Greenville, South Carolina. The South Carolina Republican primary will be held Saturday, February 20. (Photo by
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Assuming you’re not one of the 27 people worldwide that didn’t see the Super Bowl halftime show, you already know it was pretty raunchy, the kind of raunchy where you’d quietly corral the kids in the room and slip them out with promises of something really fun to do in the other room.

Singers J. Lo and Shakira paired up for a 15-minute raunchfest of thongs and crotch shots and stripper poles and writhing around on the floor. At one point in the show, the two stars stood side by side and just shook their butts. Cue closeups. And throughout, the female backup dancers were even more scantily clad, while the male dancers went hardcore S&M. Often, there were children dancing on the stage. The whole thing was more appropriate for J Lo’s latest stripper movie, not primetime worldwide TV.

The show, as it always does, divided America. Some liked it, others not so much.

But one guy who really loved the show was Jeb Bush, the former governor of Florida.

“Best Super Bowl half time show ever,” wrote Bush (living up to his campaign slogan, which was simply “Jeb!”).

Twitter came alive and, in a rare occurrence, really outdid itself.

“It made Hunter Biden feel like he was still in the VIP lounge at Cheetah’s,” wrote one Twitterer.

“Which was your favorite part for kids to watch Jeb?” wrote another.

“Robby Starbuck” had another good tweet. “Here’s the #PepsiHalftime show that the NFL thought was great for all ages! It featured stripper poles, butt shots with kids standing behind them, adults grinding & gyrating, rope to tie yourself with and plenty of crotch shots! What a wholesome show for little kids to watch.”

“Sure, if we want to inspire our daughters to be trashy strippers who grab their crotch and spread their legs for all the world to see,” wrote a third.

Let’s pause for a moment in the festivities to point out that the halftime show was something we’ve all seen before. That’s not the point. It was the time and place that was so highly inappropriate. Just after 8 p.m. on the east coast (and even worse, just 5 p.m. on the west) isn’t exactly the time to air such erotically charged material on TV. The Super Bowl is a family event and the show was clearly not meant for children (or grandmothers, for that matter). We’re not saying there should have been 15 minutes of square dancing at a hoedown, just noting that singers endlessly grabbing their crotches and sexually writhing around on the stage might just be a little much for prime time.

Back to our regularly scheduled diatribe.

Franklin Graham, son of the late evangelist Billy Graham, weighed in on the halftime show, too.

“I don’t expect the world to act like the church, but our country has had a sense j moral decency on prime time TV in order to protect children. We see that disappearing before our eyes. It was demonstrated in tonight‘s @Pepsi #SuperBowl Halftime Show—w/millions of kids watching,” he wrote on Twitter.

But there wasn’t just unnecessary raunchiness. J-Lo sang “Born in the U.S.A.” while draped in a Puerto Rican flag, and young children were shown in cage-like structures singing J-Lo’s “Let’s Get Loud,” a reference to charges from liberals that President Trump’s administration holds children in cages at the U.S.-Mexico border.

“Kids in cages while singing Born in the USA draped in Puerto Rican flag. Yeah best ever,” one Twitterer wrote.

Maybe that’s why Jeb! thought it was the “Best Super Bowl half time show ever.”

This much is true: The Super Bowl halftime show once again gave us all something we could hate. And it’s all we’re talking about on the morning after.