'SpongeBob SquarePants' Fans Fix Super Bowl Halftime Show By Adding "Sweet Victory"

Posted February 05, 2019

Those petitioners begging the Super Bowl to honor the late SpongeBob SquarePants creator Stephen Hillenburg (who died past year from complications resulting from ALS) have succeeded: they aired the intro for "Sweet Victory".

There had actually been a petition for Maroon 5, along with his co-performers Travis Scott and Outkast's Big Boi, to drop the deal and discontinue their Super Bowl appearance.

New Yorker - "Maroon 5's Adam Levine can be magnetic onstage, but his songs sound benign and computer-generated, smoothed to the point of incomprehensibility".

He'd exit the stage just after leading the crowd into a classic "ATL Hoe" chant.

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Of all the reasons to criticize Maroon 5's half-time performance at the Super Bowl on Sunday - lackluster, lifeless, and unmemorable are all words that come to mind - the band is taking the most heat for not injecting social justice into the mix.

Atlanta native Big Boi attempted to save the show with Sleepy Brown and a coat that not even Cruella de Vil could match.

Twitter user Morgan Jordal‏ kicked things off when she posted an image of the vest side-by-side with some a 70s style cushion, quipping: 'YALL as soon as I saw Adam Levine's shirt I said it looked like some 70s home decor, then facebook backed me up'.

The band's announcement that they would perform at this year's Super Bowl was met with controversy, with calls for them to pull out because of the NFL's stance over some players refusing to stand when the USA national anthem is played in protest against the treatment of black people in America. "I've been treating it like I'm about to play in the Super Bowl myself".

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Whether it was the lack of "SpongeBob SquarePants" airtime or Levine being allowed to go shirtless and show his nipples (something Janet Jackson wasn't allowed to do), people just weren't having it.

"No one thought about it more than I did".

Pink, Rihanna and Cardi B all declined to perform, with the latter two doing so due to their support of footballer Colin Kaepernick. Many artists had protested against the National Football League over its treatment of former American footballer Colin Kapernick and boycotted the Super Bowl. They previously canceled a pre-Super Bowl press conference in order to avoid answering questions about the controversy, saying instead that they'll "let their show do the talking".

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.

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