"This is a Load of Barnacles": SpongeBob Super Bowl Backlash


Maroon 5 was Super Bowl 53's halftime performers, along with Big Boi and Travis Scott, and the internet had some thoughts. They were briefly joined by Travis Scott, who was introduced by Spongebob, Big Boi of Outkast and a gospel choir. Then Big Boi took the show to another level, rolling up in a sweet Cadillac and sporting a fur coat big enough to hide Ndamukong Suh.

The singer, whose L.A. pop band Maroon 5 otherwise played a predictable medley of hits during the Super Bowl halftime show on Sunday, briefly got down on his left knee while in front of the crowd on the field at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta while singing the group's song Sugar. Instead, the Spongebob Squarepants episode was played for a few seconds and soon interrupted by Scott's performance of Sicko Mode.

What he didn't address in that chat was Maroon 5's general lack of flair for the dramatic, a normal prerequisite for any decent halftime entertainer.

The Change.org petition was originally created to have the popular Sweet Victory song from the TV show performed during the Super Bowl halftime show.

But most fans were just upset at the lackluster performance, and particularly at the irrelevant and all-too-short SpongeBob cameo that occurred toward the beginning of the show, in response to fan requests for the Super Bowl to honor the late SpongeBob creator, Stephen Hillenburg, who died earlier this year. Needless to say, fans weren't impressed that they didn't get to hear the track Sweet Victory during the show. Rapper Cardi B said she declined the lucrative opportunity as well.

That's when Scott rocketed to the stage. For the most part they seem catered to Middle America's tastes for nostalgia, songs they've heard zillions of times and the most rigid of concert performances ("I like my live shows to sound exactly like the records I know").

"I will not be a spectator, viewer or supporter of the #SuperBowl today in protest of the @NFL's racist treatment of @Kaepernick7 and its ongoing disregard for the health + well-being of all its players", director Ava DuVernay wrote. Not only is the title fitting for the occasion and says it all, but the chorus ("Welcome to Atlanta, where the players play") couldn't have been any more flawless and a great save for this otherwise awkward situation. For weeks, Travis faced a backlash from peers and fans for agreeing to a Super Bowl performance amidst a strong National Football League boycott. Travis' partner Kylie Jenner shared footage of their one-year-old daughter Stormi giggling as she watched her dad's performance on a TV and wrote "PRICELESS" in the caption.