Lady Gaga’s halftime show ushers in savage memes

Who did it better, Lady Gaga or Spongebob?


Tess Cagle

Internet Culture

Posted on Feb 5, 2017   Updated on May 25, 2021, 1:43 am CDT

It took only seconds after the conclusion of Lady Gaga’s halftime show at Super Bowl 51 for the internet to explode with new memes.

Many clever viewers took to Twitter to compare Gaga’s performance with Spongebob Squarepants, of course. Most compared her stunts with those performed by Spongebob during his Spongebob’s Goofy Goober Rock performance.


Similarly to Gaga, Spongebob flies around the Krusty Krab as he performs his anthem about how it’s cool to be a kid (and a goofball.) He’s also suspended from the ceiling.

Viewers also found a way to compare George Bush to Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy.

Along with Spongebob, Gaga’s halftime performance inspired other new memes, mostly referencing the moment she jumped into the NRG Stadium.

Like Gaga—whose performance advocated equality for all—Spongebob’s Goofy Goober performance preached self-acceptance. Looks like Gaga and Spongebob have more in common that you’d think.

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*First Published: Feb 5, 2017, 10:24 pm CST