Here’s Why People Are Calling for Maroon 5 to Perform a Spongebob Hit at the Super Bowl

With the Super Bowl fast approaching, there has been nonstop talk about Maroon 5’s upcoming performance. While most of the discussion has centered around the protests that have taken place in the NFL in the past, a new conversation recently got started: Should Maroon 5 play a Spongebob Squarepants song during the Halftime Show? Here’s why more than one million people say yes.

Maroon 5 poses backstage at iHeartRadio Jingle Ball 2014
Maroon 5 | Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for iHeartMedia

Maroon 5 is slated to perform during the 2019 Super Bowl Halftime Show

This year’s Super Bowl halftime performance is coming from Maroon 5, and there has been plenty of conversation surrounding the controversial performance. Some are saying those who choose to play at the halftime show are not showing support for Colin Kaepernick, who no longer has a job after standing up against racism in the NFL. Since Maroon 5 accepted the invitation to perform, people have been bashing the band and suggesting they should not have agreed to the performance. Those on the other side believe musicians should be able to play music without having to insert a political opinion. But now, there’s a different conversation happening — and it has to do with Spongebob Squarepants.

A well-known Spongebob Squarepants episode features the gang performing at the ‘Bubble Bowl’

Spongebob Squarepants, a popular cartoon meant for children, teens, and even adults alike, once featured a “Bubble Bowl” performance that essentially mimicked the Super Bowl Halftime show. It featured a song called “Sweet Victory,” and Spongebob and his friends practiced through the night to make the performance perfect. They then went on stage at a football game (but the cast was inside a bubble, since they’re sea creatures and need water) and performed the song in front of thousands. It ended up becoming one of the most iconic episodes of the series. Each year, Spongebob fans joke that the yellow sponge should play the Super Bowl Halftime Show. But this year, there’s a different reason why fans want to hear the song.

Fans want Maroon 5 to perform the song as a tribute to late Spongebob creator Stephen Hillenburg

Spongebob was easily one of the most successful cartoons ever created. And Stephen Hillenburg, the show’s creator, passed away in November of last year. Hillenburg brought Spongebob to life, and when he lost his battle with ALS, fans came together to remember the cartoonists accomplishments.

Every year, fans compare the Super Bowl performance to Spongebob’s Bubble Bowl performance, often saying the latter is always better. But there has never been a better time to consider actually playing the song during the Halftime Show. In fact, a change.org petition was started calling for Maroon 5 to perform the song — and it has well over one million signatures.

Maroon 5 is reportedly considering adding the song to the setlist

Since the petition went viral, there has been some talk of the band actually considering the performance. Maroon 5 posted a teaser on their Twitter account, and Spongebob was included. Plus, the Mercedes-Benz Superdome posted a gif of Spongebob dancing, which has convinced fans there could be a tribute. And sports reporter Angela Moryan tweeted that there will, in fact, be some Spongebob involvement in the Halftime Show. While neither the band nor the NFL has outright said the performance will happen, people are certain that there is no better time than now.

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