Maroon 5’s Super Bowl halftime show had people talking for all the wrong reasons as the performance was branded “boring” by some critics but when lead singer Adam Levine went shirtless viewers had some questions.
The pop-rock band performed some of their popular hits ranging from singles from their first album “Songs About Jane” through their most recent hit, “Girls Like You.” There were brief appearances from rappers Travis Scott and Big Boi, and even a small tribute to “Spongebob Squarepants” creator Stephen Hillenburg, but the moment that lit up Twitter was when Levine took his shirt off in the final moments of the show.
Levine’s nipples were on full display which was in sharp contrast to Janet Jackson’s 2004 halftime performance that ended in her nipple being accidentally exposed. The moment put a blacklist on Jackson’s career for years and led to some big censorship changes from the Federal Communications Commission.
Viewers took to Twitter to question why Levine’s nipples were allowed on television but Jackson’s sparked controversey.
Why is it okay to see Adam Levine’a boobs and not Janet Jackson’s? Asking for a friend.— Aisha Tyler (@aishatyler) February 4, 2019
WHY CAN ADAM SHOW HIS NIPS BUT JANET CANT #superbowl— Kaitlyn Bristowe (@kaitlynbristowe) February 4, 2019
Super Bowl halftime nipple rules feel inconsistent— Katie Nolan (@katienolan) February 4, 2019
I guess white guy nipples are cool on CBS. 🤷🏽♀️ #SuperBowl2019— LeslieMac 🖤 (@LeslieMac) February 4, 2019
Why can Adam show his nipples but Janet can’t? 😉— Lisa Guerrero 💃🏽 (@4lisaguerrero) February 4, 2019
IF TWO ADAM LEVINE NIPPLES WERE APPROVED THEN SOMEONE OWES JANET JACKSON A BIG APOLOGY— Katie Zack (@katiefzack) February 4, 2019