Update 1/14: Has the petition been successful? Maroon 5, who is set to perform during the Super Bowl half-time show, has released a cryptic video about their upcoming performance, which features a quick glimpse of SpongeBob SquarePants around the 30-second mark!

To honor the life and work of SpongeBob SquarePants creator Stephen Hillenburg, who tragically passed away this week after a long battle with ALS, a group of fans has started a petition to bring one of the show’s most memorable musical performances to the biggest stage in the country.

A few days after Hillenburg’s passing, a petition on Change.org called for the NFL to play “Sweet Victory” during the halftime show of February’s Super Bowl. At the time of writing this article, just two days after the petition went live, it has already earned more than 31,000 signatures.

“As some of you may or may not know, Stephen Hillenburg – the creator of SpongeBob SquarePants – has passed away recently,” writes Isreal Colunga who started the petition. “As a tribute to his legacy, his contributions to a generation of children, and to truly showcase the greatness of this song, we call for Sweet Victory to be performed at the Halftime Show.”

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This may seem like a strange request if you’ve never watched an episode of SpongeBob, but if you’re a fan, this makes all the sense in the world. If you recall, SpongeBob and his friends performed “Sweet Victory” in a Season 2 episode of the series called “Band Geeks” – a favorite episode among fans. In the episode, Squidward finds himself telling a lie to his archnemesis Squilliam Fancyson, claiming he has a marching band. Not believing the Krusty Krab worker, Squilliam offers Squidward’s band a slot to perform for a human audience at halftime of the Bubble Bowl, Bikini Bottom’s equivalent to the Big Game.

The band Squidward assembles is pretty awful to begin with — ahem, “Is mayonnaise an instrument?” — but the group eventually comes together to knock their show out of the park with their hit song.

While Squidward didn’t expect the band to be able to do anything, since he lied about their talents in the first place, he was shocked when they started performing an intense, ’80s inspired rock ballad, complete with fire effects and lasers. The “Sweet Victory” ballad is sung by David Glen Eisley, who co-wrote the track with Bob Kulick.

The NFL may not recognize this petition, no matter how many signatures it gets, but the support of this cause alone is a testament to the massive number of people Hillenburg has impacted with his work. If you want to sign the petition, you can head over to Change.org. The full clip of SpongeBob performing “Sweet Victory” is available on the Nickelodeon website.

Update (1/3): Official press release via PR Newswire:

Viral Petition Launched for Spongebob Squarepants’ “Sweet Victory” to Perform at Big Game Halftime Show

Singer Songwriter Cael Dadian’s live performance continues to rack up astonishing views while petition has garnered over 1 million signatures

SAN DIEGO, Jan. 2, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — A recent petition supporting a live 2019 halftime show performance of “Sweet Victory” from Spongebob Squarepants’ infamous episode (Band Geeks) has taken the internet by storm.

This interest has been fueled by the unexpected passing of the show’s creator, Stephen Hillenburg and the incredible popularity and memorability from millennials and beyond of this specific magical scene (“Sweet Victory” by Spongebob). To join the millions of signatures on the petition, click here: https://www.change.org/p/nfl-have-sweet-victory-performed-at-the-super-bowl.

Cael Dadian created a live rendition of the song after bringing together 18 musicians in just a few days and while turning mayonnaise into an instrument (in reference to the most memorable quote from this famous episode). Cael then shared this live performance online and the response has been overwhelming.

Cael’s live performance video has over 330,000 Twitter views, over 12,000 YouTube views, is featured on the original petition, has received direct response from Nickelodeon and the original song’s producer, Bob Kulick. In addition, this performance by Cael and his ‘Band Geeks’ has since been featured on an entire KTLA News Channel 5 segment, Sports Illustrated, Miami Herald, Syfy, The Score, MSN, among others. Passionate engagement from this younger generation and a steady flow of supporting comments are pushing for Cael and this group to perform this song live with Maroon 5 at the upcoming 2019 halftime show.

About Cael Dadian
Cael Dadian is a 22-year-old singer, songwriter, performer and producer of pop, R&B, and hip-hop music from San Diego, California. He has landed production placements with the likes of DJ Carnage, Hoodrich Pablo Juan, and others. He is a true kid at heart which you’ll hear in his music and his live “Sweet Victory” performance.

Contact: bencodenmgmt@gmail.com

SOURCE Cael Dadian

Update (12/17): The petition to have SpongeBob SquarePants, Patrick Star, and company playing their “Sweet Victory” hit single at Super Bowl LIII is nearing one million signatures, prompting a tease from the stadium hosting the annual event.

Atlanta’s Mercedez-Benz Stadium, home to the Atlanta Falcons and Major League Soccer’s Atlanta United, posted a cryptic tweet earlier this weekend of a GIF featuring SpongeBob, Patrick, Mr. Crabs, and the crew as they prepped for their iconic Bubble Bowl performance. This will be Mercedes-Benz Stadium’s first time hosting the sporting event.

The National Football League had previously announced the Adam Levine-led Maroon 5 would be headlining the halftime show.

As of this writing, the petition has north of 940,000 signatures, hundreds of thousands past the petition’s original goal.

In addition to the NFL “Sweet Victory” halftime show, fans are also trying to persuade the Empire State Building in New York City to light up yellow in tribute to Stephen Hillenburg.

“We are incredibly saddened by the news that Steve Hillenburg has passed away following a battle with ALS,” Nickelodeon​​​​ said in a statement when the news broke. “He was a beloved friend and long-time creative partner to everyone at Nickelodeon, and our hearts go out to his entire family. Steve imbued SpongeBob SquarePants with a unique sense of humor and innocence that has brought joy to generations of kids and families everywhere. His utterly original characters and the world of Bikini Bottom will long stand as a reminder of the value of optimism, friendship and the limitless power of imagination.”

Originally published: Friday, November 30, 2018.

Sources: ComicBook (II), Complex, Anime Superhero Forum /@Theagames10 (II); Additional source: Encyclopedia SpongeBobia.

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