Super Bowl LIII halftime show as disappointing as the game itself

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Super Bowl LIII halftime show as disappointing as the game itself

Courtesy photo/Pitchfork.com

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Nick Twa, Reporter

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It’s widely believed that the halftime show for the big game is one of the best performances for music of the year. Glamorous displays of fireworks and the most popular artists of the time come together to fill a treasured thirty minute time slot.

This year’s halftime show, however, is the complete opposite. Most people, including myself, had very high expectations for this show. I wanted to see Maroon 5, Travis Scott and Big Boi collaborate and put on a great show.

Wait, who is Big Boi? Do you know? Does anyone? Anyways, that’s beyond the matter at this point.

It started with a solo Maroon 5 performance of a few of their songs, such as “Payphone” and “Moves Like Jagger”. Then rapper Travis Scott was introduced with a quick few seconds of Squidward Tentacles and Spongebob Squarepants in band uniforms about to perform a song.

You might ask, “Spongebob? Why Spongebob?”.  The answer deserves a history lesson from season two. Spongebob was in its third year of production. At the time, the classic episodes were being released such as “Shanghaied” and “Squirrel Jokes”. Then came “Band Geeks”. Squidward, a green squid, wants to create a band to rub in his rival Squilliam Fancyson’s face.

Later on, all of the quirky characters come together to perform a widely appreciated song “Sweet Victory” at Spongebob’s equivalent of the Super Bowl, the “Bubble Bowl”.

This song was so loved by football and Spongebob fans that there was a petition being created to have that song involved in the Super Bowl halftime events. But it was so close to happening that it didn’t.

How could this happen? Why have these very funny and loved characters just become an introduction to a mediocre rap performance?

This tipped the scale toward a bad halftime performance. Everyone wanted the Spongebob performance, but it didn’t happen. Poor singing and fictional cartoon characters not getting the performance they deserved were the themes of the show.

Not to mention, Adam Levine performed shirtless or close to it for most of the show.

Hopefully when they’re planning the next halftime performance, they take the fans into account. It is a performance for the fans, isn’t it?

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