Every year, the halftime show during the Super Bowl leaves a mark in everyone’s memory thanks to fantastic performances and special effects. This year, however, the memories left behind will be full of controversies.
Maroon 5 headlined the halftime show for the Super Bowl this year. At first, the main complaint from viewers was that, after clips from an episode of “Spongebob Squarepants” were used to introduce rapper Travis Scott, the song “Sweet Victory” from the episode was not played.
Twitter soon exploded with users posting videos edited so that the song was being performed instead of the actual show, with captions such as “how the halftime show should have gone.”
What really shocked the audience, however, was when Maroon 5’s lead singer Adam Levine began removing layers of clothing before finally taking off his shirt, exposing his nipples.
Once again in uproar, Twitter users now began posting references to 2004’s Super Bowl halftime show. During their performance, Justin Timberlake tore off the breastplate of Janet Jackson’s costume, exposing her nipple.
Though both performers claimed that the incident was an accident, the FCC gave CBS Corp. a fine of $550,000 and Jackson’s momentary exposure helped fuel the fire of the debate concerning the regulation of indecency.
After Levine very purposefully removed his shirt and exposed both of his own nipples for far longer than the fraction of a second Jackson’s was shown, viewers began to argue about double standards in the Super Bowl’s regulations.
“Why is it okay to see Adam Levine’s boobs and not Janet Jackson’s? Asking for a friend,” said Twitter user and actress @aishatyler.
Twitter user @koreykuhl said, “Friendly reminder that Janet Jackson got blacklisted for doing what Adam Levine just did.”
Men’s and women’s bodies have always been viewed differently. While it is questionable if the complaints against Levine’s bare-chested display will have any relevant impact on these apparent double standards, it certainly has brought the indecency debate back to life.
Though the performance got many people talking, 2019’s halftime show has been dubbed incredibly boring overall. Twitter user @Oli_HORROR said, “That was the most boring halftime show in the history of halftime shows.”
User @salvatorerings said, “Maybe the halftime show wouldn’t have been boring if adam took all of his clothes off, just saying.”Suggestions were made on who should have performed instead of Maroon 5, with users wishing they’d gotten to see a show featuring the likes of Cardi B, Beyoncé or Spongebob.
With such a poor overall reception to this year’s performance, the Super Bowl will have to really bring its A-game next year to regain viewers’ favor.