Published: Mon, February 04, 2019
Sports | By Angie Alvarado

Why SpongeBob SquarePants was at the Super Bowl

Why SpongeBob SquarePants was at the Super Bowl

The performance ended after Maroon 5 retook the stage for a medley of "Sugar" and "Moves Like Jagger".

Let's hope you weren't banking on Maroon 5 to salvage a surprisingly tiresome Super Bowl (or is it a Punt Bowl?).

Controversy ensued, Timberlake and Jackson issued apologies, and the Federal Communications Commission charged CBS, the network that broadcast the game that year, with a $550,000 indecency fine for the incident, dubbed "Nipplegate". It was eventually appealed.

And when the league cancelled Maroon 5's traditional pre-show news conference, Levine promised in an exclusive interview with Entertainment Tonight that the critics "would be heard".

Sunday's Super Bowl show highlighted Maroon 5 featuring Sicko Mode and Outkast's Big Boi, along with a Spongebob Squarepants tribute.

They introduced Scott with a clip from "Sweet Victory", a 2001 episode where the sponge performs at the Bubble Bowl, Bikini Bottom's version of the Super Bowl.

More than a million people signed a petition to get the cartoon character on the highly anticipated moment during the largest sporting event of the year.

Furthermore, many tweeted that they would have rather had Spongebob headline the show instead of Maroon 5!

Perhaps spurred by Scott's donation, Maroon 5 also announced this week that they would make a $500,000 donation to Big Brothers Big Sisters of America in partnership with Interscope Records and the NFL.

Rapper Travis Scott was among the band's special guests.

Cardi B for Super Bowll LIV anyone?

After months of controversy over their appearances, the rap stars chose to play it safe, as did Maroon 5. "My life's work and what I put out into the universe has been positive and hopefully inspiring [.] So, what I would say is, you know, we are going to do what we keep on doing, hopefully without becoming politicians and continuing to use the one voice we know how to use properly".

The NFL has become embroiled in an ongoing protest over a player's right to take a knee during the national anthem with Colin Kaepernick, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback, beginning the protest in 2016 when he started to kneel to highlight racial inequality and police brutality against racial minorities. DuVernay said she wouldn't be a spectator or viewer. "To watch the game is to compromise my beliefs". "It's not worth it".

I personally told my reps I wouldn't do a Super Bowl commercial this year.

At one point Levine invited a mostly African-American church group to sing with him - presumably to push back on criticism against a white band from California being chosen to perform in Atlanta, Georgia - but that group also disappeared after about a minute.

After all, you'll need an answer to discuss on social media on Sunday night and over the water-cooler on Monday morning. "We thank our fans for making our dreams possible".

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