Super Bowl halftime disappointment


Twitter user Morgan Jordal demonstrates the similarity between Adam Levine’s top and a pillow. (@morganjordal/ Twitter)

Jolie Abadi

This year’s Super Bowl was hosted in Atlanta, Georgia. Even though a few people do not care for the football aspect of the Super Bowl, some people do watch and enjoy the halftime show. Previous halftime shows have featured Katy Perry, Bruno Mars, Madonna, Beyonce and more celebrity singers. This year’s lead act was Maroon 5. Some of the featured guest performers were Travis Scott, Big Boi and even Spongebob Squarepants with Squidward Tentacles and his composed band.

Some Super Bowl viewers were disappointed with the halftime show this year. Many thought Maroon 5’s performance was boring and safe, and criticized Adam Levine’s decision to take off his shirt while singing his well-known song “Moves Like Jagger.” People compared Levine’s shirtlessness to Janet Jackson’s 2004 Super Bowl halftime show performance “wardrobe malfunction,” during which her nipple was exposed. In Jezebel, Rebecca Fishbein wrote an article titled, “Look Who’s Super Bowl Nippling Now” which demonstrates the controversy surrounding this situation. When asked for her thoughts on this issue, sophomore Paulina Lebowitz stated “I was disgusted when I saw Adam Levine take his shirt off, his tattoos are so ugly. He should not be half naked on live television since he has a wife and kids.” Clearly, Lebowitz feels strongly about Levine’s tattoo-covered torso.

Not only has there been talk around Levine’s shirtlessness, but there has also been criticism of the style of his shirt. There have been memes circling the internet regarding Adam Levine’s outfit and its similar look to home furnishings like throw pillows, sofas and curtains.

In addition, Lindsey Lewis, a Weber sophomore who attended the Super Bowl, claimed, “Adam was very average — the crowd was not really into it. They were much more enthusiastic and interactive when Big Boi came out and performed.”

Some Travis Scott fans were unsatisfied by his performance. Travis Scott is known as an engaging performer due to his extravagant set on his Astroworld: Wish You Were Here Tour, so it is understandable that some of his fans were expecting a more invigorating show. Jeremy Seir, a junior, stated “Travis Scott is arguably my favorite rapper of all time. As much as I love him, his Super Bowl performance wasn’t like anything that I was expecting.” Travis Scott only sang his hit song “Sicko Mode” next to Adam Levine, who merely stood beside Travis looking out of place.

Travis Scott’s signature autotune voice was not used during his performance, which was met with disapproval from his admirers. Bitter Travis Scott fans went to Twitter bashing on his performance by declaring things like, “no autotune, no Travis Scott #Superbowl.” As a follow up on Seir’s previous comment, he stated, “Not only did they only allow him to perform for a solid minute, but they also took away his auto-tuned microphone, which is why he is so unique.” Daniel Mordoch, a sophomore, stated, “as a Travis [Scott] fan, I was disappointed by his performance. I was expecting a lot more from him, especially because it was the Super Bowl.”

As a tribute to the Spongebob Squarepants creator Stephen Hillenburg, who died in November 2018 from Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), a snippet of the Spongebob Squarepants episode “Band Geeks” was incorporated into the performance. In this episode of Spongebob Squarepants, “The Bikini Bottom Super Band,” which includes the show’s main characters, performed the song “Sweet Victory” by David Glen Eisley during the Bubble Bowl (a fictional football event). Many young adults appreciated the Spongebob Squarepants cameo due to their understanding of the show from 2001 when the episode aired. Ashira Rabinowitz, a sophomore and previous Spongebob Squarepants enthusiast, stated “when I saw Squidward on the TV my heart jumped out of my chest, I could not believe that part of an episode from Spongebob [Squarepants] was actually apart of the halftime show! It was beautiful and a superb addition.”

Overall, it is evident that there are many mixed opinions of this year’s halftime show performance. Hopefully, the Super Bowl 2020 halftime show will meet people’s standards.