Fans are destroying Maroon 5 over their Super Bowl halftime show
Last night in Atlanta, the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams faced off for Super Bowl LIII, but in the end it was Tom Brady's team that picked up their sixth Super Bowl victory. But aside from the 13-3 win for the Patriots, there was still the other side of the championship match that keeps people watching.
For one, this event is prime time for promoting movies, with the likes of Captain Marvel, Toy Story 4 and Avengers: Endgame having new trailers airing during the event. Yet a major attraction - and the reason a lot of non-sports fans still turn up to watch - is the halftime show.
We've had Justin Timberlake, Lady Gaga, Coldplay, Bruno Mars and Beyoncé play - and that's just over the last three years, so it's fair to say that this show attracts some of the biggest talent in the world. This year, the line-up included Travis Scott and Big Boi from Outkast, while it was Maroon 5 that landed the headlining spot.
Despite the fact they're one of the popular bands in the world, not everyone was that impressed with Adam Levine and his band's performance.
One of the strangest moments came when, of all people, Spongebob Squarepants made a surprise appearance. In what looked like a reference to an often-memed moment from the cartoon, they used a clip from Spongebob to introduce Scott's Sicko Mode, the rapper's first number one hit in the US charts.
Aside from wondering exactly why the beloved character had appeared, many were transfixed with Adam Levine's dance moves to Scott's song - and not because they thought he actually moves like Jagger...
And it only gets worse from there:
It's not like anyone let up when Big Boi joined them on stage either:
To be fair, calling Levine "peak white dad" isn't too much of a diss when he's literally a white dad. There were some people out there that felt for him. Not that they thought his dancing were any good, but they could relate to his awkward moves.
The addition of Spongebob to the show wasn't completely random, it turns out. Back in a 2001 episode of the show, the cast of characters performed for the Bubble Bowl, an obvious stand-in for the Super Bowl.
Fans actually petitioned to bring the performance to the real Super Bowl over the last few months following the death of SpongeBob Squarepants' creator, Stephen Hillenburg. The petition ended up landing over 1.2 million signatures, and it looked like those who signed may have got their wish in mid-January, when Maroon 5 dropped a teaser for their performance, with a short clip of SpongeBob included:
While they didn't exactly get a full appearance of the Sweet Victory song, SpongeBob did manage to turn up in one form - and somehow wasn't the weirdest thing about the halftime show.