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Maroon 5 play safe and boring

When it was first announced that this year’s Super Bowl halftime artist would be Maroon 5, a choice so bland that they became the 2016 halftime headliner, cold game, look like GG Allin by comparison: the news was greeted with a collective yawn. But it wasn’t long before Adam Levine and company found themselves at the center of the biggest halftime show controversy since. Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake’s “Nipplegate” Scandal 15 years ago.

Maroon 5’s decision to play the Super Bowl, at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, one of the American capitals of black music (and specifically hip-hop), did not sit well with some critics, who saw the move as a snub against former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (who is currently suing the NFL, claiming the team’s owners conspired to keep him out of the league for protesting police brutality against people of color). About 115,000 people signed up online petition urging Maroon 5 to leave, and celebrities ranging from Amy Schumer to Meek Mill a Ava Du Vernay criticized the band. Roger Waters of Pink Floyd actually asked the band to kneel during their halftime show, and Kaepernick’s attorney, Mark Geragos, accused Maroon 5 of “crossing the picket line.”

brown 5 could have silenced their many enemies and skeptics with a spectacular performance, as has Gladys Knight, who also trapped bulletproof for appearing at Super Bowl LIII, he did with her magnificent rendition of the national anthem earlier on Super Bowl Sunday. But Maroon 5 didn’t do that. Instead, they played it safe with what might be the most disappointing and instantly forgettable halftime show of all time.

There was a rumor, sparked by the Levine exclusives. entertainment tonight interview, that the band could honor Kaepernik during the halftime show. They didn’t. There was a rumor that Christina Aguilera could appear during “Moves Like Jagger”. she didn’t. There was a rumor that Travis Scott would propose to his girlfriend, Kylie Jenner, on stage. Hey no.

There was even a rumor that Maroon 5 would pay tribute to a hero the entire nation could get behind: Sponge Bob Square Pants creator Stephen Hillenburg, who died in November, with beloved sponge Bob theme “Sweet Victory”. (Another online petition, beginning the band to perform that song, actually gathered more than 1.2 million firms.) Maroon 5 could have paraded the sponge Bob characters for a “Sweet Victory” ending, or at least performed the song, and viewers of All the political persuasions would have loved it. But Maroon 5 didn’t do that either. (A quick, misleading sponge Bob clip used to introduce Scott only directed sponge Bob fans who expected more).

Really, the most exciting thing to happen during the entire show was when Levine stripped to the waist and moved his chiseled, tattooed torso like a Chippendales dancer, but that seemed desperate, complacent, and downright embarrassing, much like his silly father. – dancing. (And many tweeters, including Aisha Tylerpointed out the hypocrisy that Levine was allowed to bare his chest in the Super Bowl without consequence, but Janet Jackson’s “wardrobe malfunction” at halftime in 2004 was a major debacle that derailed his career).

Scott’s “Sicko Mode,” heavily censored by CBS, and guest artist Big Boi’s “The Way You Move” caused a bit of fire (Scott literally, via a not-so-cheesy flaming kite effect ), but the appearances of those rappers were blinks and you will miss the letter. And Maroon 5’s perfunctory, soulless rundown of their wedding band hits (“Harder to Breathe,” “This Love,” “She Will Be Loved,” “Sugar,” “Moves Like Jagger,” “Girls Like You” — the latter without duet partner Cardi B) just wasn’t enough in a post-Prince/Beyoncé/Gaga halftime era.

Twitter was not impressed. And understandably so.

Viewers can only imagine how much more compelling this year’s halftime show would have been under other circumstances. rihanna, rose other cardi b They reportedly all turned down offers to play in Super Bowl LIII, in a show of solidarity with Kaepernick. (Cardi B said later People“There’s a man [Kaepernick] who sacrificed his job for us, so we have to support him”). Variety also reported that “more than half a dozen stars” refused to join Maroon 5 onstage at the halftime show, including Outkast’s André 3000, Mary J. Blige, Usher, Lauryn Hill and Nicki Minaj. Ultimately, Scott and André 3000’s bandmate, ATL’s own Big Boi, signed on, but that seemed to do little to ease the outrage. Jay Z even reportedly I tried to convince Scott to reconsider. (Scott agreed to act if the NFL would join him in donating $500,000 to Dream Corps, a nonprofit organization that helps diverse communities; Maroon 5 and its label, Interscope Records, followed Scott’s lead and made a joint donation to Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.)

This week the NFL canceled its traditional pre-bowl press conference, explaining that Maroon 5 would “let their show do the talking” instead. But Maroon 5 keyboardist PJ Morton, who is black, did say People last month, “I think there are a lot of people, a lot of players, to be honest, who support Kap and also do his job for the NFL. I think we are doing the same. We can support being against police brutality against black and brown people, and support being able to protest peacefully and continue to do our jobs. We just want to have a good time and entertain people while understanding the important issues at hand.”

In Levine’s only exclusive pregame interview last week, with entertainment tonightsaid he had consulted with many advisers and assured people of color that they would be “heard” during the Maroon 5 halftime show. (“We got you,” he promised.) But instead, this performance was a missed opportunity, not just to “honor social justice” with the grand sociopolitical statement that Levine had apparently mocked Eastern Timebut to entertain the general masses with a genuinely great concert.

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