Deeper Meaning in Tampa vs. Kansas City

There was a story behind this year’s halftime show.

The Weeknd performing at the halftime show in a red suit. (Courtesy to

Kendall Hyatt, Staff Reporter

The Super Bowl in Tampa Bay was already a groundbreaking form of entertainment. As most people in America know, the artist The Weeknd, also known by his real name of Abel Makkonen Tesfaye, performed the halftime show. Abel has been known to make statements when he’s given the platform… and this year’s halftime show was no exception.

In Tampa Bay, Tesfaye’s backup dancers were seen with bandages around their faces. To the normal person, you wouldn’t think much of this because you may think it’s just for looks, but there’s a deeper meaning under the bandages.

For the past year or so, Tesfaye has been writing a story. A reoccurring thing in Hollywood is aspiring artists trying to gain validation from others to gain more fame or popularity. The Weeknd is trying to show the ugly side of the story, the dark side. Most rising artists get bashed for their looks and try to get plastic surgery to gain the approval of others, hence why the dancers during the show had bandages on their faces like a post-op patient.

This isn’t the first time the bandages have made an appearance, though. Last November, Tesfaye even wore these bandages on the red carpet during the American Music Awards. Some people thought that he truly did get plastic surgery, but he was just creating a character to show others the harmful effects of being under the pressure of approval.

The Weeknd was asked about the bandages previously, “The significance of the entire head bandages is reflecting on the absurd culture of Hollywood celebrity and people manipulating themselves for superficial reasons to please and be validated.” Tesfaye said in a Variety interview.

He continued to talk about how he plans on continuing the storyline of the bandages and how he wanted to spread awareness to everyone.

People may debate on the quality of this year’s halftime show, but there was a meaning below the surface of just singing and dancing.