Levine's purposeful shirtless act didn't sit well with some viewers, especially considering that when Janet Jackson suffered a wardrobe malfunction that exposed her bare breast fifteen years earlier, she was "blackballed" from the sporting event.
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I'm more offended seeing Adam Levine's nipples than I was Janet Jackson's.
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This sexist discrimination sparks debate at social media sites. But like Levine, Rihanna was also on Instagram on Sunday. On Friday, Levine said he made the decision to perform based on how he felt. The hashtag surfaced a year ago when Justin Timberlake performed at Super Bowl LII.
ESPN host Katie Nolan posted, "Super Bowl halftime nipple rules feel inconsistent".
He then went on to list all of the words that he wrote, some of which eagle-eyed fans may have noticed if they were able to look away from Levine's on-stage dancing and extended clothing removal process.
On Twitter last month, he retweeted his friends' vehement protests that disputed whether Kaepernick had ever given Travis Scott his approval to perform. "That is what it boils down to, and I'm being sued for it".
Beyonce's noteworthy halftime performance at the 2016 Super Bowl also caused a stir.