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How Jennifer Lopez & Shakira Made a Subtle Border Crisis Statement During Super Bowl 54 Halftime Show

Right before Emme Maribel Muñiz -- Jennifer Lopez's 11-year-old daughter -- started singing during the Super Bowl 54 halftime show, she had to crawl out of her cage.

She wasn't the only one. During the halftime show, which had Lopez and Shakira blazing through an astounding medley that culminated in "Let's Get Loud" and "Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)," dark patches of the field were illuminated by several neon structures, identical to Emme's, with children caged inside. One by one, their cages lit up until it was time for Emme to open her door and sing through the empowering verses of her mom's 2000 single "Let's Get Loud."

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The halftime show of the National Football League's Super Bowl LIV at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla.

The kids eventually joined Emme onstage and surrounded her as a backing choir, all in white sweatshirts with rhinestone American flags emblazoned across the front, but the statement that had her and the rest of the younger performers singing from behind bars didn't go unnoticed on Twitter. Several applauded Lopez and Shakira for bringing awareness of the humanitarian crisis at the Southern border to the Super Bowl and encouraging discussion about it with their platform afforded by the halftime show.

Check out some of the responses to this moving moment from the Super Bowl 54 halftime show below.

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