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‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ Actually Made A Super Bowl Halftime Show Guest Appearance

05 February, 2019, 03:41 | Author: Delia Walker
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Getty Images Adam Levine of Maroon 5, Big Boi, and Sleepy Brown perform during the Pepsi Super Bowl LIII Halftime Show at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on February 3, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Levine and co. then took to the stage to perform "Girls Like You" without Cardi B, as she declined the offer to stand in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick and his boycott of the NFL.

Fans were especially hoping to see the tribute in the form of a reference to "Sweet Victory", a song which is performed by SpongeBob and friends in an arena, making it flawless for the Super Bowl. CBS, which aired that Super Bowl, was fined $550,000 by the Federal Communications Commission for the 2004 incident, but the fine later was overturned.

"So, Adam Levine's nipples are ok at the Super Bowl but Janet Jackson's aren't?" another Twitter user commented. With his Instagram post, Adam is believed to have broken silence regarding the backlash they faced as a band.

The addition of Big Boi, who is more synonymous with his native Atlanta than Coca Cola and streets named "Peachtree", to the performance roster, along with fellow rapper Scott, did little to appease critics.

Maroon 5, the halftime performer Sunday, teased a "Spongebob" cameo and delivered a brief reference to the "Band Geeks" episode.

In case you are unfamiliar with Kaepernick's plight, the former football player began kneeling during the national anthem in 2016 to protest police brutality. "No one thought about it more than I did", he said. Lanterns, later revealed to be drones arranged themselves to spell "one love', reports BBC".

Along with a photo showing the "One Love" light display that took place during the set, Levine wrote, "When we accepted the responsibility to perform at the SBHTS, I took out my pen and just wrote. We look to have a good time".

Whether those "critics" he noted had pushed him to consider the protests of others, reevaluate a show which some deemed "boring", or simply to change stylists, well... we'll let you be the judge.



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