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Katy Perry’s Super Bowl half time show makes a splash

When I think about the term “game changer,” what comes to mind isn’t something like a last-minute touchdown, a costly fumble or anything sports- related at all really. What surfaces on the horizon of my conscious is a not-so- coordinated blue dorsal fin.

If you haven’t guessed, I’m referring to the dancing shark that became a national icon during the Super Bowl halftime show on Sunday.

During Katy Perry’s performance of “Teenage Dream,” one of her backup dancers dressed in a shark outfit stole the show in a very unorthodox way.

Now a world-renown household name, Left Shark made a little slip up during the live performance and forgot the choreography that was supposed to match his not-so-famous right shark counterpart. Instead of falling on critical scrutiny for not being prepared, though, Left Shark became the equivalent of an American hero.

Social media went berzerk as meme after meme were made from the beloved Left Shark. GIFs of his wonky little shark arms were all over. Suddenly we were all split up into factions of team Left Shark or team Nobody Cares Shark

The most touching thing about Left Shark, though, was his ability to touch our hearts with empathy. We all realized that everyone had a little Left Shark in us. Whether it’s a failed algebra exam or you were a hot mess in front of your ex, Left Shark was a symbol that it’s OK to mess up because your failures may be broadcast during the biggest sporting event in the nation, and you could become famous. Nobody’s perfect as Hannah Montana might say.

Already, we’re seeing Left Shark tattoos, Left Shark-themed weddings, and I wouldn’t be surprised if Discovery channel started Left Shark Week.

A surprising contradiction in our society is something that should be celebrated, and I hope more than anything we see Left Shark Halloween costumes beat out the Elsa costumes this year.

About The Author

Luke Janke

Luke Janke is a super senior studying journalism at FGCU. When he’s not listening to podcasts, he’s busy producing his own podcast, Full Pulp. Concerts and music are at the forefront of his horizon, and when there’s an ounce of free time you’ll find him in his home studio laying down tracks for his music project, Bull Moose Party. As a self-proclaimed nihilist, his affinity for death is emphasized by the authentic squirrel skull found on his desk in the newsroom.

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