Adam Levine of Maroon 5 performs during halftime of the NFL Super Bowl 53 football game between the Los Angeles Rams and the New England Patriots Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Adam Levine's Super Bowl nipple reveal prompts backlash

February 04, 2019 - 2:14 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — First, critics panned Maroon 5's Super Bowl halftime performance. Then social media folks went full-on snark over Adam Levine's throw pillow-like tank top design. Then he peeled off the busy brown shirt and the snark turned to outrage over his exposed nipples.

The bare-chested moment Sunday had some feminists and Janet Jackson supporters focused on how male and female nipples are treated differently in life, especially on network TV and by the NFL years after Jackson's career was derailed by a split-second halftime reveal.

"Double standard, much?" is how an InStyle headline neatly summed up the issue in the light of day Monday as the media noted how the hate quickly built online.

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