The Philadelphia Eagles and the New England Patriots facing off in football’s biggest event of the year was enough to keep sports fans at the edge of their seats. But long after the Eagles defeated the Patriots in Super Bowl LII, the internet was still abuzz over the moments that happened off the field.
From commercials to the halftime show, here are the most controversial moments from Super Bowl LII:
Even before Justin Timberlake hit the stage for his dance-filled halftime set, social media users gave the singer a sharp side-eye as many remembered the infamous incident with Janet Jackson at the Super Bowl in 2004.
Timberlake, 37, only fueled the fire on Sunday when he performed a snippet of “Rock Your Body” — the same song he and Jackson, 51, sang during their halftime show in which he accidentally revealed her breast on live television.
Naturally, Twitter responded with hashtags: #JanetJacksonAppreciationDay and #JusticeForJanet. Both were trending throughout the performance.
Laverne Cox also tweeted her support for Jackson, writing, “Living for #JanetJacksonAppreciationDay. we love you Miss Jackson. It’s all for you. When we think of you nothing else seems to matter. Get us all together again in this Rhythm Nation.”
Last month, Timberlake said that he and Jackson have made amends.
“I don’t know that a lot of people know that,” he said. “I don’t think it’s my job to do that because you value the relationships that you do have with people.”
Chrysler’s Dodge Ram Truck Commercial
Chrysler came under fire during the big game after a commercial for its Dodge Ram Truck used a speech from Martin Luther King Jr. to help promote the vehicle’s “built to serve” tagline.
Dr. King’s youngest daughter, Bernice King, and the rest of his family condemned the move through The King Center — the living memorial to M.L.K. Jr. founded by his widow Coretta Scott King, to educate on nonviolence.
“Neither @TheKingCenter nor @BerniceKing is the entity that approves the use of #MLK’s words or imagery for use in merchandise, entertainment (movies, music, artwork, etc) or advertisement, including tonight’s @Dodge #SuperBowl commercial,” the center wrote.
In the commercial, Dr. King’s words accompanied a montage of working families and servicemen, as well as glamour shots of Ram trucks driving.
“If you want to be important, wonderful,” Dr. King could be heard saying. “If you want to be recognized, wonderful. If you want to be great, wonderful. But recognize that he who is greatest among you shall be your citizens. That’s your new definition of greatness. By giving that definition of greatness, it means that everybody can be great. You don’t have to know about Plato and Aristotle to serve. You don’t have to know the theory of relativity to serve. You don’t have to know the theory of thermodynamics in physics to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. Soul generated by love.”
Auto Insurance Company Takes Aim at Tom Brady
New Jersey-based CURE Auto Insurance came out swinging on Sunday night, with a pair of 15-second commercials that took aim at the Patriots’ quarterback Tom Brady and the team— while promoting the business, of course.
“At CURE Auto Insurance, we know that a safe, civil society depends on everyone following the rules. That includes you, New England,” the company’s round, blue mascot said in the ad.”Go Birds!”
In another commercial, the animated ball said: “You know what’s weird? If you cheat on your car insurance, you can get arrested. But if you cheat at football, you can sleep with a supermodel.”
The mascot was clearly referring to Brady and his model wife Gisele Bündchen. The clips were seemingly pointed at the headline-making deflategate scandal, in which Brady received a brief suspension after team officials were accused of deflating game balls used in an AFC Championship game against the Indianapolis Colts.
Justin Timberlake’s Prince Tribute
The Grammy-winning singer performed a slew of hits from his nearly 20-year musical career during the Pepsi Halftime show, but things seemed to take a sour turn when Timberlake strayed from his own discography in an effort to honor Prince.
Timberlake sang the late icon’s ’80s “I Would Die 4 U,” with footage of Prince projected behind him as he played on the piano. The camera then panned to view the outside of the arena, which was lit up in purple.
Prince died at age 57 in his Minnesota home, Paisley Park, in April 2016.
Earlier reports claimed that the musician would include a hologram of Prince in the performance. However, the “Purple Rain” singer’s family denied a hologram was happening and pointed out that they approved the projection. Prince’s close friends Sheila E. and Morris Day also voiced their approval, saying “Prince would be proud.”
Pink Blasts a Twitter Troll
Pink received a standing ovation on Sunday after she belted out the national anthem ahead of the NFL championship game — while battling the flu. But it seems not everyone was pleased with her performance.
“If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it 1000 times. Pink sucks and if you like her singing you’re dumb #SuperBowl,” one person tweeted.
The Grammy-winning singer did not mince words in her response.
“Yeah but [at least] I suck while singing our countries national anthem, and you just suck by yourself on a dirty couch,” Pink tweeted.