Maroon 5 singer Adam Levine's tank top steals show, becomes meme

Adam Levine of Maroon 5

Adam Levine of Maroon 5

Adam Levine, the lead singer of Maroon 5, has responded to criticism regarding what many thought was a bland halftime show during the New England Patriots victory over the L.A. Rams in Super Bowl LIII Sunday.

The dowdy pattern on his tank top had social media comparing it to curtains, cushions, and even the look favoured by Russian gangsters. "Cool", but others were furious that Janet Jackson's infamous wardrobe malfunction basically made her career go downhill.

"Double standard, much?" is how an InStyle headline neatly summed up the issue in the light of day Monday as the media noted how the hate quickly built online.

Some viewers are fuming over the fact that it's okay for Adam to go topless - even though he did keep his "daddy bracelets" on for his daughters - when Janet Jackson's nip slip, which went down during the Super Bowl XXXVIII Halftime Show in 2004, was met with enormous and immediate backlash.

Levine performed a series of Maroon 5 hits and then began taking off several layers of clothing. Hold up. Are they going to go in and penalize #AdamLevine for showing his t*ts like they did @JanetJackson?

Big Boi joins Maroon 5 on stage at Superbowl halftime show
Big Boi joins Maroon 5 on stage at Superbowl halftime show

'We thank the universe for this historic opportunity to play on the world's biggest stage, ' he continued.

Ok so I'm all for a shirtless Adam Levine. but. why are we ok with him stripping down and freaking when Janet has a nip slip?

On the flip side, there's also a huge number of people who aren't very happy with Levine's #freethenipple display in the wake of a controversial past Halftime Show performance.

"Janet Jackson's good reputation was tarnished for 50 percent less nipple than we saw today", another user added.

"Super Bowl halftime nipple rules feel inconsistent", ESPN host Katie Nolan tweeted. Hi 2019, let's allow Janet Jackson now, shall we?

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