Maroon 5 Ripped for ‘Double Standard’ During Super Bowl Halftime Show

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Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine is catching heat for his performance at the Super Bowl Sunday night.

The controversial moment occurred during the band’s rendition of their 2011 hit, Moves Like Jagger, with Levine removing his shirt mid-song. Some fans erupted in screams at the sight of the 39-year-old performer’s tattoo-covered chest, but others weren’t impressed by the move.

A few outraged viewers brought up Janet Jackson’s 2004 Super Bowl performance and the widespread criticism she faced for accidentally exposing one of her breasts, which had a pasty over the nipple.

The 2004 wardrobe malfunction — commonly referred to as “Nipplegate” — reportedly caused long-lasting damage to Jackson’s career.

Given the scrutiny the Control singer faced, some viewers blasted Levine’s shirtless performance as a “double standard.”

Actress Aisha Tyler tweeted: “Why is it okay to see Adam Levine’a boobs and not Janet Jackson’s? Asking for a friend.”

“Adam Levine takes his shirt off during the Halftime show and its ‘sexy,’ ‘hot’ and every girl throws a hot fit,” someone else said. “Janet Jackson’s shirt is accidentally ripped and she gets fined and ‘its a disaster on national TV.'”

Another person said: “I’m sorry but Adam Levine should get the same grief as Janet did for showing us his unclothed nipples; more specifically, this should prove how absurd, hypocritical, racist and sexist that puritanical hysteria over Janet’s boob really was.”

“Adam Levine goes shirtless in a lackluster Super Bowl halftime show performance,” a commenter wrote. “There goes the double standard as years ago Janet Jackson’s career practically went down the drain after accidentally showing her nipple in a wardrobe malfunction.”

“So Maroon 5 can show both his nipples but Janet Jackson couldn’t show one? Racist + Sexist,” someone else complained.

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Levine bared his chest during the Super Bowl halftime show. (Credit: NFL/YouTube)

Double standard discussion aside, many viewers weren’t sure how they felt about Maroon 5’s performance, which included appearances by rapper Travis Scott and Outkast’s Big Boi.

“Soooooooo…… This halftime show though. That’s all for Travis or nah?!?!?!” Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James tweeted.

“Adam is charming, smooth. He can legit sing too, with clear high range that has aged nicely,” one person argued. “But man, Maroon 5’s music is boring, unoriginal hot garbage.”

“Maroon 5 killed it with those throwback songs from their first album for real though,” a supporter penned.

As for Maroon 5’s response to the mixed reviews? The band took to Twitter after their performance to thank fans for “tuning in.”

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