Super Bowl LIII Halftime Show

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Pepsi and the NFL present: how to insult Stephen Hillenburg's legacy and make Maroon 5 sound like cringe.

On November 26th, 2018, SpongeBob SquarePants creator Stephen Hillenburg passed away at 57. This led to a petition to have the song “Sweet Victory” (which played at the end of the SpongeBob episode “Band Geeks”) to be played at halftime in Super Bowl LIII. After months of teasing, the actual halftime show finally came, and during Maroon 5's performance of some of their various songs, a 10-second clip of Squidward introducing “a true musical genius who needs no introduction”, then the opening horns played, but instead a performance of “Sicko Mode” by Travis Scott played.

Fans were angry, calling the halftime show an insult to Hillenburg and his legacy. Nickelodeon had created the clip expecting it to go into the entertainment performing Sweet Victory, and even this video which is no longer available was proof that Sweet Victory actually was played post-game, at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The following night, the song was played at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas during an NHL game featuring the Dallas Stars vs. the Minnesota Wild. the song included a modified version of the clip during the second intermission. Instead of including part of the episode were "Sweet Victory" was included, the full song was played. The intermission was billed as “the halftime show fans deserved”. Fans rejoiced as a result.

Maroon 5, Scott, and Big Boi faced criticism for their decision to perform at the halftime show, due to the alleged blacklisting of Colin Kaepernick by the NFL and its franchises for protesting police brutality by kneeling during the national anthem before games. Several artists—including Jay-Z, Cardi B, and Rihanna—reportedly turned down offers to headline the show as a display of solidarity. A petition was organized calling for Maroon 5 to drop out of the show and accusing them of "choosing to side with the NFL over its players."

This video is an edit of the halftime show, showing what would’ve happened had Sweet Victory played at halftime.

While this was criticized for this, it was also criticized for Adam Levine's performance.

Why It Sucks

  1. The main criticism and problem of the show are that the performance promised that the song "Sweet Victory" from the SpongeBob SquarePants episode "Band Geeks" was to be played as a tribute to the late Stephen Hillenburg. However, just a few seconds were used as an introduction for Travis Scott's "Sicko Mode".
  2. Maroon 5 delivered one of their worst performances yet. The only band member that got any screen time was Adam Levine.
  3. Rather uninteresting pyrotechnics.
  4. Poor special effects for the platform.
  5. Levine had a very unenthusiastic performance, singing off-key, having very breathy vocals, and looking generally very bored. In addition, he threw his shirt off during the performance of "Moves Like Jagger", which was met with controversy.
  6. Speaking of Levine, the portions when he tried to play guitar were very laughable.
  7. Travis Scott's performance was underwhelming. He did not use any auto-tune and Drake was not present, making his "Sicko Mode" performance lackluster. Also, his performance was very brief and short. This gave both Scott and "Sicko Mode" very bad names as a result.
  8. Not only did Maroon 5 sing "Girls Like You" really badly, but Cardi B, who arguably had the best part of the song, was not present.
  9. There was some pre-show controversy about their decision to perform at the Halftime Show due to the NFL's blacklisting of Colin Kaepernick.

The Only Redeeming Quality

  1. Despite how much of a disaster the half-time show was, the short animated clip for SpongeBob SquarePants that was made for this halftime show is a nice touch.

Comments


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EnnardTrap1987

21 months ago
Score 5
It still saddens me.
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Ivan97Miraheze

18 months ago
Score 0
There's always next year.
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Rockman138

15 months ago
Score 0

The only good things about this fucking stupid halftime show: 1. The mini animated clip. and 2. Maroon 5's performance.

That's really it for all I care.
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Ivan97Miraheze

15 months ago
Score 3
It would've been even better if Maroon 5 played a cover of "Sweet Victory", with Adam Levine announcing "And now, the song you've all been waiting for!".
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ItMeansNothing

15 months ago
Score 4
This is one of the reasons why I hate football.
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Trevor807

12 months ago
Score 0
Because of the backlash or the show itself?
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Spidey McFly

12 months ago
Score -7
You can’t hate an entire sport simply because of a halftime show. And you complain about SaveCartoon Network! making invalid reasoning.
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ItMeansNothing

12 months ago
Score 4
Idiot, did you not see "one of the reasons?" I didn't "main reason."
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Blubabluba9990

21 days ago
Score 0
I just don't like sports in general.
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EijiZeBoi

12 months ago
Score 6
I only watch the Super Bowl for the halftime show (I enjoyed Shakira and Jennifer Lopez's performances this year).
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Crs3011

6 months ago
Score 1
Yeah but it was quite embarrassing to me when I was in the living room watching it, where my MOM is. Then she became a stripper and girls were twerking, so I had to leave.
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Mickey Mouse

10 months ago
Score 0
As a huge football fan (tho I'm more of an NCAA guy rather than NFL), this dissapoints me
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Rockman138

8 months ago
Score 7
Fuck the NFL.
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LeroyManTheFirst

7 months ago
Score -12
No fuck all of you nostalgiatards who hate it
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Hookuai

7 months ago
Score 2
Idiot.
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ZephanieDimaranan

6 months ago
Score 0
The game itself was also a low scoring one: 13-3.
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Ivan97Miraheze

6 months ago
Score 0
I hope Super Bowl LV doesn't get cancelled due to COVID-19, and then maybe, just maybe, we could hear "Sweet Victory" at the halftime show on there. It would be perfect, considering that the episode "Band Geeks" is turning 20 next year.
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SmasherETHAN

6 months ago
Score 0
Shakira's halftime show was better
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Villarreal892FIFA

4 months ago
Score 0
You might as well make an article about this Super Bowl.
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LeroyManTheFirst

4 months ago
Score 1
Stephenos shall snap the super bowl people.
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GrilledCheese800

4 months ago
Score 0
Lady Gaga had a much better halftime show than this garbage.
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Larryding

one month ago
Score 0
That is why the government needs to build a time machine so that we can go back in time and fix this
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TheOddKid2568

18 days ago
Score 2
Well Sweet Victory did play in a TV commercial advertising Paramount+ (then known as CBS All Access), which aired during Super Bowl LV.
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Master Chief

16 days ago
Score 0
How could I forget this complete disappointment of a halftime show? We want more than a few seconds of sweet victory!

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