Canadian singer The Weeknd fuelled a flurry of memes after his dizzying close-camera performance at Super Bowl’s half-time show reminded viewers about losing their parents in shops and forgetting to turn the camera off during work Zooms calls.
The Weeknd’s performance was a highlight of the Sunday event, which could only happen under strict anti-COVID protocols, prompting the singer to stay away from the pitch as long as possible. Some nifty camera work helped him to overcome the restrictions though.
Abel Tesfaye – the singer's real name – was bursting with energy. After performing a dramatic version of "The Hill," he disappeared before emerging backstage surrounded by dozens of masked dancers. As he performed his smash hit "Can’t Feel My Face," the camera zoomed in...a lot. So close, in fact, that it prompted jokes on Twitter.
my camera roll when I take my iPad back from a toddler pic.twitter.com/g0OqJLFpPH— 𝑨𝒔𝒉𝒍𝒆𝒚 𝑾𝒉𝒊𝒕𝒆 • 𝑬𝒔𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒕𝒊𝒄𝒊𝒂𝒏 (@skinclasshero) February 8, 2021
When your parents try to talk to you on FaceTime pic.twitter.com/gXMpjOKe6L— Matt Harmon (@MattHarmon_BYB) February 8, 2021
what my pizza rolls see from inside the microwave pic.twitter.com/GavZzw7cQR— Ryan Schocket (@RyanSchocket) February 8, 2021
According to the Weeknd’s management, he was not paid for the show. Instead, he reportedly contributed some $7 million of his own money towards the 13-minute performance. However, with so many people tuning into the Super Bowl, he can be expected to make that sum back and more as record sales and downloads usually skyrocket for the half-time performer.