The 2019 Super Bowl Blunder
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Courtney Heinnickel, Staff Writer
There is a lot of talk about the 2019 Super Bowl and some are calling it one of the worst ones yet. Many fans watched from the field, bleachers, and home as Maroon 5 took the stage, and Adam Levine took off his shirt. Under the iron fist of the NFL and CBS, there was no mention of Colin Kaepernick; no knee even came close to hitting the ground. Instead, Travis Scott was introduced with a clip from Spongebob Squarepants, landed in the stadium on an asteroid, performed his biggest song, and crowd surfed away. He never came back. All he did was ensure that only two seconds of an animated children's show overshadowed our headliner.
As soon as he was there, he was gone. That left us alone with Adam Levine, staring directly into the camera as he sang "Girls Like You," Maroon 5's hit with Cardi B. Except Cardi B wasn't there. She was in the commercials, but not there to perform on stage. Many people and fans were hoping to see a reenactment of the Bubble Bowl from the famous Spongebob episode Band Geeks, but people have been asking for that for years with not much prevail.
Unfortunately, the crowds have to wait another year for the possibility of such an occurrence. There were many reviews flooding in from Twitter and Facebook which called the Super Bowl one of the worst performances yet. The crowds were not thrilled. Maroon 5 learned from Justin Timberlake's mistakes last year and kept their performance tightly focused on their songs, with Timberlake's bungled set opener (showing him traversing a mock nightclub that completely muffled his sound levels). Instead, the band handed over the thrills to their two guest stars, one of whom was Big Boi, the Outkast rapper repping Atlanta during his too-short "The Way You Move" performance was an essential presence, providing a necessary hometown tribute during a show that otherwise ignored the Super Bowl host city. Travis Scott was the other guest star who provided the halftime show only moments of genuine weirdness, as he emerged to a SpongeBob SquarePants intro and performed an approximated version of
his "Sicko Mode" hit before disappearing. Some of the reviews on Twitter called the performance “A total nightmare” and “A waste of a halftime show”. It didn’t help that the score going into the show was already very shocking with a 3-0.
Then, of course, there is Levine. The often unsmiling Levine’s plaintive calls to “show your love” were the least canned aspect of a show that seemed to lack any understanding of the big leagues, big pictures or the stakes. Many fans had mixed feelings pertaining to his stripping act. Some adored the performance of such, while
others saw it as a cry for attention. The feelings for the performance as a whole were often very negative and low on the spectrum. It is sad to see that the performance wasn’t all that it could be, but there’s always next year.