In case you missed it, major American football event the Super Bowl is happening today in COVID-infested Florida, which seems like a really hygienic idea. It’s seriously like the US has just given up? Anyway. It’s happening and in 2021 for Super Bowl LV, purveyor of sex music The Weeknd got the call up to do the lauded halftime show.
(Also some football teams are playing but we’re only here for the music.)
Coming through with a set including his smash hits Starboy, Can’t Feel My Face, and I Feel It Coming, The Weeknd stunned with a hall of mirrors, lookalike dancers with bandaged (and COVID-masked, clever) faces, and a rousing rendition of his viral, TikTok-fuelled hit Blinding Lights. You can cop the entire Super Bowl halftime show here:
But of course with a very public event like the Super Bowl, people on Twitter had THOUGHTS.
The general consensus was it was actually a pretty great performance, but there was one glorious moment as Can’t Feel My Face kicked in which saw The Weeknd running confused down a hall of mirrors (complete with blinding lights, see what he did there). His very confused, lost and forlon little trot had people coming through with the most relatable damn tweets you’ve ever seen.
with my mom at the mall when I look up from the gameboy and realize I’ve been following a random lady for 10 minutes pic.twitter.com/fDtXXHjRVS— ☕netw3rk (@netw3rk) February 8, 2021
To the household:
Me looking for the cups after my wife rearranges the kitchen. https://t.co/HYDPmMix18— Pete Stegemeyer (@itspeterj) February 8, 2021
To teen drama:
trying to find where the riverdale plot is headedhttps://t.co/eKsvowB65s— Marisa Ingemi (@Marisa_Ingemi) February 8, 2021
A pandemic throwback:
Me looking for toilet paper at Costco last March.— Maximiliano Bretos (@MaxBretosSports) February 8, 2021
me looking for the arrows to the model rooms in the ikea lighting section pic.twitter.com/slt1zFlmsj— hot girl morg (@morgan_sung) February 8, 2021
Definitely done this.
Me stomping around the house trying to find my phone when it’s in my back pocket https://t.co/mkLyqbZKAI— Ida Tedesco (@IdaTedescoTV) February 8, 2021
Extremely good areas here:
Me looking for attention because my boyfriend is ignoring me for football pic.twitter.com/XYe8qqzzbi— 1984’s George Whorewell (@EwdatsGROSS) February 8, 2021
Anyone who has been to Hawaii will understand:
me trying to follow the hostess to my table at the Cheesecake Factory pic.twitter.com/mhB6LKCIiF— Conor Ryan (@ConorRyan_93) February 8, 2021
Then people seemed to be amused by the extremely cooked screenshots they could get of The Weeknd.
When your parents try to talk to you on FaceTime pic.twitter.com/gXMpjOKe6L— Matt Harmon (@MattHarmon_BYB) February 8, 2021
what my pizza rolls see from inside the microwave pic.twitter.com/GavZzw7cQR— Ryan Schocket (@RyanSchocket) February 8, 2021
The Weeknd inspired some mask-related LOLs:
-> @TheWeeknd did something no one else has been able to do: get people in Florida to wear masks.— Tea Pain (@TeaPainUSA) February 8, 2021
And some fans just could not handle The Weeknd WINKING.
*the weeknd winks*— reyna (@anyer_xo) February 8, 2021
Abel: *winks at the camera*— ✧Yeli⁷✧ (@JoonieVee) February 8, 2021
Some people threw in a few references to The Weeknd’s favourite choice of subject matter.
the Pepsi halftime show but every song is about coke ????— sasha (@sashakalra) February 8, 2021
need security banging on the bathroom door yelling "you've been in there too long" to really feel these songs— Desus Nice (@desusnice) February 8, 2021
And of course, how could there be ANY kind of talked-about event with this?
BREAKING: Jason Derulo falls down the steps of the Superbowl halftime show during The Weeknd’s performance. pic.twitter.com/mP5fRsNgXf— sarah ♍️ (ETSY LINK IN BIO) (@sarah_png) February 8, 2021
Thanks for the mems and the memes, The Weeknd.
(Oh and looks like the Tampa (?) Bay (??) Buccaneers (???) won the football thing 31-9. So there’s that too.)