But perhaps the most memorable part of the show was the “looking around” meme that hit social media moments after The Weeknd wrapped. During one part of his show, the “Starboy” singer was surrounded by twinkling gold lights and feverishly looked around like he was in distress. Twitter users captured this clip and applied their own captions to it, like “Every anxiety dream I’ve had since mid-March,” “Me stumbling to my iced coffee in the morning,” and—my personal favorite—”Trying to find Chromatica Oreos.”
The memes can do the talking better than I can, so go ahead and check them out, below:
Long live this meme! See the performance it was taken from, below:
The Weeknd’s halftime performance was a dazzling, technicolor dream, in which he ripped through all his classics: “Starboy!” “Blinding Lights!” “The Hills!” As for why his dancers wore face bandages, it’s all part of an aesthetic. “The significance of the entire head bandages is reflecting on the absurd culture of Hollywood celebrity and people manipulating themselves for superficial reasons to please and be validated,” The Weeknd told Variety ahead of his performance.
“We can’t wait to welcome multi-award-winning artist The Weeknd to the Pepsi Super Bowl LV halftime show stage,” Adam Harter, senior vice president of sports, media, and entertainment at PepsiCo., said in a statement when The Weeknd’s performance was announced a few months ago. “In collaboration with the NFL and Roc Nation, we continue to reimagine what a Pepsi Halftime Show looks like with some of the biggest musicians in the world. We expect The Weeknd will continue to raise the bar, setting a new precedent both musically and visually for the most-watched performance of the year.”