Finally, SpongeBob made it at the Super Bowl Halftime show. But, not quite like we imagined.
With the passing of Stephen Hillenburg, the creator of one of our favorite cartoons, Spongebob Squarepants, fans decided to come together and sign a petition for “Sweet Victory” to be incorporated into the Super Bowl LIII’s Halftime show.
The song touched many fans’ hearts since it was aired in a 2001 episode of the long-running Nickelodeon show, where SpongeBob together with other characters performed at the halftime of the Bubble Bowl, a championship football game that plays on the Super Bowl.
Over a million people signed the petition online, wanting to pay homage to Stephen with this powerful ballad banger.
The petition goes:
Problem: As some of you may or may not know, Stephen Hillenburg—the creator of Spongebob Squarepants—has passed away recently. As a tribute to his legacy, his contributions to a generation of children, and to truly showcase the greatness of this song, we call for Sweet Victory to be performed at the Halftime Show.
Solution: Perform ‘Sweet Victory’ at the Halftime Show.
Eventually, after much speculation, SpongeBob SquarePants made an appearance at the Super Bowl Halftime show.
Nevertheless, not everyone was happy. That’s because fans didn’t get the whole song or even part of it, except for the very short introductory piece. Instead of SpongeBob, it was Travis Scott who came into the stadium via a CGI meteor.
— ESPN (@espn) February 4, 2019
Travis sang his verse from ‘I Like The Way You Move’ by Outkast.
Even though the SpongeBob inclusion was a nice touch to the Halftime Show, fans were not happy, at all!
— Diabrotus (@zhj907) February 4, 2019
‘Really? No sweet victory?’
— TheUmbreonfan03 (@TheUmbreonfan03) February 4, 2019
The owner of the petition, Israel Colunga, however, kind of started it as a joke, wanting to see something ridiculous at the Super Bowl Halftime Show. But, it didn’t turn out to be so. He was speechless by the support the petition got.
One person who signed the petition even said:
It’s a hugely inspirational song that I listen to when working out and boosting confidence, but besides that I want it played at the Super Bowl to honour the man who gave us one of the greatest and most quotable cartoons of all time.
His legacy should be honoured for all the laughs and smiles his precious creation gave us both as children and as adults.
— abbi 🌍 (@floshed) February 4, 2019
The song ‘Sweet Victory’ was originally licensed by APM Music, who are understandably very pleased that it is getting a new lease of life.
APM’s president, Adam Taylor, recently said that he is very thrilled that this song has become an iconic anthem, thanks to Stephen Hillenburg and composers, David Glen Eisley and Bob Kulick.