Super Bowl LI halftime review

Denaya Lewis, Opinion Writer

On Sunday, February 3rd, millions of Americans watched the Super Bowl. America’s favorite past time wouldn’t be the same without the halftime show. Maroon 5, Travis Scott, Big Boi, and Spongebob all made an appearance.

The show itself was mediocre and uninteresting. Maroon 5’s performance had a lack of soul and was boring. Justin Timberlake left some big shoes to fill after Super Bowl LI. Historically, the halftime show has been one of the most memorable parts of the game, but this one was instantly forgettable.

There was a small selection of entertainers due to support of Colin Kaepernick, who has accused the NFL and its franchises of colluding against him due to his national anthem protests against police brutality. For this reason, minority artists have begun to boycott the NFL. It was the lowest rated super bowl ever according to critics.

Maroon 5’s performance relied heavily on older music, like “Moves Like Jagger”, instead of their more current stuff. Adam Levine’s stage presence was surprise-free and trite. The band as a whole had no creative or exciting moments.

The only part of the show that had the potential to be interesting was the incorporation of “sweet victory”, from the cartoon “Spongebob Squarepants”, but that too was a disappointing tribute to creator Steven Hillenburg. The segment of Spongebob Squarepants was brief and didn’t showcase over 30 seconds of the show.

Overall, the show was underwhelming, flavorless, and failed to live up to the low expectations it had. The show was all pop music, which was a misguided choice for a Super Bowl held in Atlanta, one of the most diverse cities in America. Instead of showcasing the cities unique cultural background, we got a generic performance from a generic group.