Justin Timberlake's Super Bowl halftime performance drew mixed reviews from fans across the world. While JT showcased a number of his hits during his set, things took a turn for the worse when a giant projection of Prince on a large sheet appeared while singing, "I Would Die For You."
What's the big deal? Well, leading up to the halftime performance rumors started to circulate that JT would pay tribute to Prince using a hologram. Prince's dear friend, Sheila E took to her Twitter to demand that his wishes be met.
Prince told me don’t ever let anyone do a hologram of me. Not cool if this happens! https://t.co/khtCjXr2mY— SheilaEdrummer (@SheilaEdrummer) February 3, 2018
In fact, in a 1998 interview with Guitar World magazine, Prince made it very clear that "digital editing" is "the most demonic thing imaginable. Everything is as it is, and it should be." He felt "if [he] was meant to jam with Duke Ellington, [they] would have lived in the same age. That whole virtual reality thing ... it really is demonic." Prince went on to say, "And I am not a demon. Also, what they did with that Beatles song (Free As A Bird), manipulating John Lennon's voice to have him singing from across the grave ... that'll never happen to me. To prevent that kind of thing from happening is another reason why I want artistic control."
After a conversation with Timberlake Sheila was excited to let all fans know that his religious would be respected and no hologram would be used.
Family, I spoke w/Justin 2nite and he shared heartfelt words of respect for Prince & the Purple fans. I look 4wrd 2 seeing what I’m sure is going 2 be a spectacular halftime show. There is no hologram. 🙏🏽💋 pic.twitter.com/mhVXBfBa1B— SheilaEdrummer (@SheilaEdrummer) February 4, 2018
While it wasn't a "hologram" per say, it was definitely quite similar and fans took to Twitter to air out their frustrations.
Meanwhile Prince is in heaven like pic.twitter.com/lcsjAufAUF— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) February 5, 2018
The Prince tribute would’ve been cool... except Prince specifically said he didn’t want that, right? Even in death, Prince continues to be misunderstood.— Adam Best (@adamcbest) February 5, 2018
The only way this could turn out ok if if Prince’s mummified hand shoots down from space and chokes out JT on the 35 yard line— Ben Silverman (@ben_silverman) February 5, 2018
What do you think? Was JT wrong? Sound off!
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