If you missed Sunday’s Superbowl Halftime Show, you probably didn’t miss a whole lot. Multiple sources have made it clear that it was a rather boring affair, and we’d be hard pressed to disagree.
Mashable’s Marcus Gilmer even described the show as “the musical equivalent of a jar of mayonnaise.”
But who really tuned in for Maroon 5’s Halftime Show anyway? Most of us were just here for the Puppy Bowl and the commercials, right? Really, all you missed was a lukewarm show with a shirtless Adam Levine, Travis Scott and Outkast’s Big Boi.
Still, in case you’re wondering what you missed, here’s a quick recap.
For fans of SpongeBob SquarePants, many had been waiting with bated breath for a much-teased tribute to the show. The show’s creator passed away just this past November, so this year seemed like the aptest time.
The tribute, however, was incredibly short.
There had been much talk of Maroon 5 performing the song Sweet Victory, but that simply didn’t happen. Instead, we saw a brief clip featuring SpongeBob, Squidward, and a marching band at the Bubble Bowl.
What followed was not the song folks had been waiting for, but rather Travis Scott’s Sicko Mode.
Many other rumors ended up being a bust as well. Did Levine honor Kaepernick by kneeling? Nope. Did Christina Aguilera show up? Nope. Did Travis Scott end up proposing to Kylie Jenner on stage? Again, nope.
Just about all the big rumors that had been circulating about the show ended up being wrong. As a result, the Twitterverse was not happy. Oh, and it gets worse.
Across the internet, many viewers noted that Maroon 5’s Adam Levine took his shirt off during the performance. It’s been fifteen years since that fateful moment during Justin Timberlake and Janet Jackson’s performance, but the internet has not forgotten.
Twitter users especially chimed in on how it was OK for Levine to show his nipples, but not Janet Jackson. Some folks even tweeted at the FCC about it. This is 2019 after all.
While Cardi B turned down the opportunity to play the Halftime Show, she did play in Atlanta the night before. She even gave a shout-out to Maroon 5 with her performance that included her part in Girls Like You.
Cardi reportedly refused to make an appearance at the Super Bowl because she wanted to show solidarity with Colin Kaepernick.