STATEMENT – NFL Serves Families Stripper Poles, Pimp Canes and S&M During Halftime Show

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The National Center on Sexual Exploitation Blasts NFL for Promoting Sexualized Content

Washington, DC (February 3, 2020) – The National Center on Sexual Exploitation called the NFL’s decision to promote sexualized content during the Super Bowl halftime show “disappointing.”

“The NFL’s Super Bowl halftime show was wholly disappointing for the millions of families watching. When did stripper poles, pimp canes and S&M become family entertainment?” said Dawn Hawkins, executive director of the National Center on Sexual Exploitation.

“The halftime show – promoted as ‘empowering’ by the performers themselves – was the opposite of empowering for women and girls. America suffers from systemic sexual exploitation, and this halftime strip show is evidence that the problem is significant.

“The halftime show was a clear manifestation of the culture the NFL promotes. We call on the NFL to take matters of sexual exploitation seriously.”

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NCOSE leads the Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation with over 300 member organizations.


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