Super Bowl LIII turned out to be more boring than any typical Sunday for most viewers at home. Not even Maroon 5's halftime performance could save an ultimately lackluster competition between the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams (nor could the short appearances from SpongeBob SquarePants, Travis Scott, and Big Boi), but at least the football spectacle spawned some memes.
Adam Levine, frontman for Maroon 5, not only took center stage at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, but was the punch line of many jokes on social media thanks to his fashion choices for the evening.
First came the discourse regarding the singer's checkered tank top, which many Twitter users pointed out looked an awful lot like your grandma's tacky upholstery, or some dingy hotel curtains. Levine sparked a "who wore it better" for the ages with this look, and, well, it does appear that the home decor wore it better.
— KittyCat (@__CATKITTY__) February 4, 2019
wow the highlight of Adam Levine's performance was definitely that his shirt looked exactly like pillows that an alarming amount of people happen to have from Target #SuperBowl pic.twitter.com/UL8WjdpJaY
— Jenna Amatulli (@ohheyjenna) February 4, 2019
Adam Levine’s tank top looks like my futon pic.twitter.com/0N0J7UxG3y
— Alex Panagakos (@_alexpanagakos) February 4, 2019
— Splinterswerve (@5plinterswerve) February 4, 2019
Can you play chess on Adam Levine’s tank top?
— Chris Fedor (@ChrisFedor) February 4, 2019
Then, there was the topic of Levine's bare chest. The tattooed singer removed his jacket and tank top during the band's performance of "Moves Like Jagger," revealing his entire torso, nipples and all (which some viewers pointed out as the network reinforcing a hypocritical double standard, considering the fact that Janet Jackson's breast was exposed momentarily in 2004 by accident, thus blacklisting her from the event in perpetuity). Chipotle bags, Jared Leto's iteration of the Joker, and Microsoft Clip Art are all of the things people thought Levine looked like during his halftime performance on Sunday night. His chest ink—a smattering of seemingly unrelated tats anchored by the central "California" tattoo penned in all caps across his stomach—was also enough meme fodder for the Internet to run away with the Memento references.
That stomach tat is for Adam Levine if gets lost and doesn’t know where he lives pic.twitter.com/PWuDhe5sSe
— haunted dog (@zandywithaz) February 4, 2019
Adam Levine is tattooed like he's the main character in Memento but the mystery is where he left his Juul. pic.twitter.com/FxBAxOPnsG
— Amanda Smith made a book. go buy it (@AmandaRTubbs) February 4, 2019
I have nothing against Adam Levine whatsoever and actually am a huge fan but it’s messed up that society seems it acceptable for him to be shirtless during the halftime show and Janet Jackson was chastised because her breast was accidentally exposed at the same event.
— Abigail Breslin (@yoabbaabba) February 4, 2019
watching adam levine thirstily rip his shirt off onstage like pic.twitter.com/YdVohPqSHc
— Anne T. Donahue (@annetdonahue) February 4, 2019
Adam Levine looks like the wall of pre-drawn display tattoos in every parlor pic.twitter.com/Excwd3kNJW
— ??????? ????? ????? ????? (@mathewrodriguez) February 4, 2019
Adam Levine and Suicide Squad Joker have the same energy.
Thank you for coming to my Ted Talk. pic.twitter.com/xdaNfAibnh
— appropriately festive for the current season wes (@TheWesHarris) February 4, 2019
The only take-away from this year’s Super Bowl is the striking resemblance between Adam Levine and Chipotle bags pic.twitter.com/BOQAZYAgaL
— Bailey Hunter (@Bailey_Hunter24) February 4, 2019
Of course, some comedians couldn't resist the urge to rag on his entire outfit, including his ostentatious diamond necklace and pants.
“Adam Levine has some nerve!” he tweeted as he set his alarm for the gym, made a protein shake and hired a trainer.
— billy eichner (@billyeichner) February 4, 2019
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