SpongeBob the Squarepants seems to outperformed Maroon 5 in the Half Time show of the Super Bowl LIII at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia on Sunday Night in a tribute performance by Travis Scott to the late SpongeBob creator, Stephen Hillenburg.
Maroon 5, one of the biggest names in entertainment right now, headlined the SBHT show amidst the continuous social pressure for artists to boycott the show in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick.
Audience and critics alike described the performance as ‘awful’ and ‘disappointing’ even if the band lead by Adam Levine performed their famous songs including Harder to Breathe, This Love, and commenced it with a shirtless performance of Moves Like Jagger and an extravagant fireworks display.
Travis Scott joined the band with a tribute to Stephen Hillenburg with an introduction from the famous animated TV show by Squidward from the 2001 episode Band Geeks, where the Bikini Bottom Superband played at the Super Bowl. ‘…and now, a true musical genius who needs no introduction…’ Squidward
Members of SpongeBob’s band then played the intro to Scott’s hit song Sicko Mode featuring Drake. This comes after an online petition signed by almost 1.2 million fans for SpongeBob Squarepants song Sweet Victory to be performed at the SBHT. Although the song, Sweet Victory, was quickly played during the show, the people got upset when it only had less than five minutes.
People want SpongeBob more than Adam
People took to social media their disappointment on the performance gave by Maroon 5 and mocked them by saying that SpongeBob is a better performer for the half time.
One Twitter user even created a poll to crowdsource who has a better performance between Levine and Squarepants; where SpongeBob won…by a landslide.
Another said that he was patiently waiting for SpongeBob, but the SBHT show gave him a topless Adam Levine, showing his disappointed look through a selfie.
Some Twitter users also said that the SpongeBob act is the REAL halftime show they are waiting for.
While some users praised the move to pay tribute to the late cartoonist, some were also disappointed by how the show did a half-cooked homage. It was even reported that NFL took down the original video it posted on YouTube of the SpongeBob tribute after it garnered more than 43k dislikes.
Nonetheless, it is still safe to say that SpongeBob outperformed Adam Levine, and people still want more of it.