Katy Perry Touches Down at Halftime

Helen Burdier , Entertainment Editor

Sunday night marked the forty-ninth Super Bowl, where buffalo wings and screams filled living rooms and sports bars across the nation. The show’s halftime show offered fans a distraction from worrying about whether or not balls were deflated or if Gisele Budchen was there cheering on Tom Brady. This year’s performance, courtesy of Katy Perry, was a time traveling experience and left the Internet in a frenzy.

The 12 minute long concert began with Perry gliding on to the field on top of a glimmering lion-esque creature while belting out “Roar.” She only roared for a little bit before moving to perform her other hit, “Dark Horse.” Perry then sang the song that essentially made her famous six years ago, “I Kissed a Girl,” but with a rocker edge provided by Lenny Kravitz and his guitar.

Perry continued on by performing “Teenage Dream” with an assortment of dancing sharks, palm trees, and beach balls beside her. Next up on Perry’s discography was “California Girls,” which she performed with female dancers wearing high-waisted polka dotted bikinis, which people took as a subtle jab at Taylor Swift, who wore a similar outfit when she was dating Conor Kennedy.

Perry traveled back to 2003 with special guest Missy Elliott, who performed “Work It,” “Get Ur Freak On,”and “Lose Control.” The end of the Halftime show then reverted back to showcasing Perry’s hits, this time with “Firework,” which she performed while soaring around on top of a shooting star. 

Perry’s performance completed what it was meant to do, entertain, but twitter couldn’t be stopped with its jokes. Her flame covered outfit was compared to different people including Guy Fieri, Will Ferrell in Blades of Glory, Zuko from Avatar: The Last Airbender, Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games, and her flaming costume and the dancing shark in “California Girls” was said to be a sequel to the movie Sharkboy and Lavagirl.

Despite the jokes made about her wardrobe and choice in background dancers, Perry had fun, so much that she tattooed the roman numerals “XLIX” on her finger following the performance. The people on the field who didn’t have fun, however, were the Sea Hawks.

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