Back in 2018, many SpongeBob SquarePants fans signed a petition to have the very popular song “Sweet Victory” from the episode “Band Geeks” to be played at the 2019 Super Bowl Halftime Show. Over 1.2 million people signed the petition after the creator, Steven Hillenburg, passed away from Lou Gehrig’s Disease. The many fans wanted the song to be played in honor of Hillenburg and the many years of laughter he provided for many children, teenagers, and even adults.
On January 14, 2019, Maroon 5, the band chosen to perform at the Super Bowl, let out a teaser trailer for their performance. About halfway through, a “glitch” appears and shows a quick glimpse of our favorite cartoon character, SpongeBob SquarePants. Fans quickly assumed that this was their way of announcing that they would play “Sweet Victory.”
On February 3, 2019, fans were ecstatic to watch Maroon 5 play the tribute which was “Sweet Victory.” About halfway through, Squidward Tentacles was presented on our TV screens with scenes from the episode “Band Geeks.” Little did fans know that Squidward would be introducing the rapper Travis Scott instead of introducing “Sweet Victory.” Seconds after the performance was over, fans stormed to social media complaining about how disappointed they were.
Many memes and videos were created showing how disappointed the thousands of fans tuning in to the show were. One video was even edited to show “what the halftime show should have looked like.” Fans have even gone as far as to start a petition to disband the NFL that now has over 45,000 signatures. Another petition has also begun to have the song played at the 2020 Super Bowl Halftime Show in hopes that next year’s artist will fulfill their wishes.