‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ Fans React to Super Bowl Halftime Tribute

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While some people are loving the tribute and thought it was really pretty cool, other fans didn't love it so much. When Maroon 5 was announced as this year's act, the reaction was tepid - and unfortunately for Adam Levine and co., the internet, an ever cruel and harsh critic, was far from won over by their performance.

One of the bigger Maroon 5 questions heading into the 2019 Super Bowl was answered on Sunday: SpongeBob SquarePants was actually a part of the halftime show.

More than 1 million people signed a petition to make "Spongebob" the halftime performer to honor the show's creator, Stephen Hillenburg, who died in November.

The set-up was there for the song to be played, and many people were excited and expecting to hear the song after seeing the quick SpongeBob scene.

After Beyonce tore the house and neighboring suburbs down with her performance in 2016 and Lady Gaga dived off a building in 2017, there was a lot for Maroon 5 to live up to, sure. There was vast pressure for them to not push through with it, and instead follow suit with Jay Z, Rihanna, and Cardi B's decision to boycott the Super Bowl as a show of support for National Football League player Colin Kaepernick. They went into "This Love" immediately after - complete with a guitar solo from frontman Adam Levine.

Rapper Scott was introduced by a Spongebob Squarepants animated short before an asteroid light installation announced his arrival on stage.

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One Twitter user even showed where fans' allegiances lied with a simple poll. We thank our fans for making our dreams possible.

While T-Mobile may have taken the right route, major brands or social media pages have always been known to take organic content shared by unknown creators and reappropriate them without permission or credit.

'We'd like to move on with it, and like I said earlier, speak through the music, ' Levine said of the band's plans for Sunday's championship game between the New England Patriots and Los Angeles Rams.

Maroon 5 began the show with an ethereal performance of "Harder to Breathe' as plumes of fire raced around the outer edge of the M-shaped stage".

"They're scapegoating me into figuring out the goalposts on what is offensive in America", she said. So the petition sort of worked I guess?

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