Adam Levine ignored his post-Super Bowl halftime show haters on Sunday — of which there were many — and thanked them instead via Instagram “for always pushing us to do better.”
Following the halftime show in Atlanta, which was widely panned by critics and viewers alike, the Twitterverse took to their gadgets to scrutinize the Maroon 5 frontman’s performance and nipples. Levine was shirtless during part of his act, which for many brought to mind Janet Jackson’s 2004 halftime show wardrobe malfunction.
But despite all the hate, Levine seemed to feel only the love.
“We thank the universe for this historic opportunity to play on the world’s biggest stage. We thank our fans for making our dreams possible,” Levine wrote on Instagram late Sunday. “And we thank our critics for always pushing us to do better.”
For months, Levine and Maroon 5 were criticized for agreeing to perform at the Super Bowl. Critics felt they should’ve stood in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick, who kneeled in 2016 during the national anthem to protest police brutality against people of color.
Here’s a taste of what detractors had to say about Sunday’s Maroon 5 spectacle.
How does Adam Levine get to intentionally reveal both nipples, his belly, his whole back, underarms, left and right obliques, and every tattoo he has above his waist, but Janet Jackson can’t accidentally show 1 nipple?— Rockie (@mywhiterockie) February 4, 2019
I did not witness it myself but my sources tell me Adam Levine’s nipples were definitely on display during the halftime show. Sounds like a double standard to moi— rachel syme (@rachsyme) February 4, 2019
That was the most joyless band performance at a SuperBowl halftime show-EVER. They got THROUGH it- NO vibe between the band members AT ALL. NO sense of camaraderie or shared mission. They have POPULAR songs too. It felt like it SUCKED. For THEM.— Vernon Reid (@vurnt22) February 4, 2019