Justin Timberlake’s Superbowl Performance Featured An Incredibly Low Budget Prince “Hologram”
The hologram never eventuated, but we still got a very weird Prince tribute.
Over the weekend, rumours surface that Justin Timberlake’s Superbowl Halftime show would feature a hologram of the late and great Prince — and people were rightly pissed off.
But turns out we needn’t have worried, because the “hologram” that Timberlake ended up bringing to Minneapolis stadium wasn’t actually a hologram: it was a giant bedsheet.
While Timberlake sat serenely at a piano playing ‘I Would Die 4 U’, ghostly projected images of Prince wafted across the exceptionally dodgy homemade backdrop — which looked like it had been made from five sets of stapled-together bedsheets.
Perhaps he couldn’t afford an actual hologram? Perhaps the strong backlash deterred him? Or perhaps he was just trying out some DIY, which would be in keeping with his “rustic” new image. Whatever the reason, the result looked like this:
Definitely not a hologram.
Needless to say, the Bedsheet Prince has already been made into a meme.
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Away from the Prince Bedsheet, Timberlake’s Halftime Show was a pretty lacklustre affair. He ran through most of his hits, including ‘Cry Me A River’, ‘SexyBack’, and ‘Rock Your Body’ — but it felt more like a phoned-in album promo show than a Superbowl performance.
Watch the full performance below.