SpongeBob Steals Super Bowl Halftime Show as Performer
This year there was a lot of controversy leading up to the Super Bowl.
The NFL reportedly had a tough time finding performers who were willing to headline the halftime show. This was largely due to their treatment of former San Fransisco 49er player Colin Kaepernick.
In case you are unfamiliar with Kaepernick’s plight, the former football player began kneeling during the national anthem in 2016 to protest police brutality. Since his protest, Kaepernick has not been able to play football professionally.
In solidarity with Kaepernick, stars like Rihanna and Cardi B refused to perform at the Super Bowl halftime show.
In late 2018, the NFL announced that Maroon 5 would be headlining the halftime show. The announcement was met with extreme apathy. No one was particularly excited to see Maroon 5 performing at the halftime show in Atlanta when there were so many great Atlanta artists to choose from.
But for those of us who tuned into the halftime show to watch it anyway, we were given a great surprise.
SpongeBob made a cameo!
Though many people were excited to see SpongeBob do a small rendition of “Sweet Victory” at half time, a lot of people wondered why he was there.
In November of 2018, Stephen Hillenburg, the creator of the famed cartoon passed away due to ALS leaving fans and fellow cartoon creators mourning his death.
“We are incredibly saddened by the news that Steve Hillenburg has passed away following a battle with ALS,” reps from Nickelodeon said in a statement. “He was a beloved friend and long-time creative partner to everyone at Nickelodeon, and our hearts go out to his entire family. Steve imbued ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ with a unique sense of humor and innocence that has brought joy to generations of kids and families everywhere. His utterly original characters and the world of Bikini Bottom will long stand as a reminder of the value of optimism, friendship and the limitless power of imagination.”
When Hillenburg died, SpongeBob fan Isreal Colunga, created a Change.org petition to have “Sweet Victory” performed at the Super Bowl halftime show in his honor.
“As some of you may or may not know, Stephen Hillenburg—the creator of Spongebob Sqaurepants—has passed away recently,” the petition reads. “As a tribute to his legacy, his contributions to a generation of children, and to truly showcase the greatness of this song, we call for “Sweet Victory” to be performed at the halftime show.”
Colunga set a goal to obtain 1.5 million signatures on the petition. Though he only received a little over 1.2 million signatures, someone high up must have heard his plea because SpongeBob definitely got a chance to shine at the 2019 Super Bowl.
Before Maroon 5 took to the stage on Sunday, they hinted that we may be seeing the beloved cartoon join in on the performance. SpongeBob even appeared for a few seconds in the band’s promo video that they released on Jan. 13.
In the end, audiences got to see a clip of SpongeBob singing “Sweet Victory” for a few seconds before rapper Travis Scott began to perform “Sicko Mode.”
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