Adam Levine's shirtless Super Bowl appearance prompts backlash
New York — First, critics panned Maroon 5's Super Bowl halftime performance. Then social media folks went full-on snark over Adam Levine's throw pillow-like tank top design.
Then he peeled off the busy brown shirt and the snark turned to outrage over his exposed nipples.
The bare-chested moment on Sunday had some feminists and Janet Jackson supporters focused on how male and female nipples are treated differently in life, especially on network TV and by the NFL years after Jackson's career was derailed by a split-second halftime reveal.
"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.
HERE'S SOME REACTION FROM VIEWERS OF THE HALFTIME SHOW: