A group of fans have started a petition to honour the life of SpongeBob SquarePants creator Stephen Hillenburg, who passed away this past week after a long battle with ALS. The fans ask to bring one of the show’s most memorable music performances back again.
This petition was filed in Change.org which calls for NFL to play “Sweet Victory” during the halftime shows of February’s Super Bowl. The petition has earned more than 31,000 signatures, just two days after it went live.
“As some of you may or may not know, Stephen Hillenburg – the creator of SpongeBob SquarePants – has passed away recently,” writes Isreal Colunga who started the petition. “As a tribute to his legacy, his contributions to a generation of children, and to truly showcase the greatness of this song, we call for Sweet Victory to be performed at the Halftime Show.”
This may seem strange to those who haven’t seen a single episode of SpongeBob, but if you’re a fan, this does make a lot of sense. If you recall, SpongeBob and his friends performed “Sweet Victory” in the second season called “Band Geeks”. This episode saw the marching band, conducted by Squidward, performing on the surface in front of a human audience.
While Squidward didn’t expect the band to do anything, since he lied about their talents, he was shocked when they started performing an intense 80’s inspired rock-ballad, complete with lasers and fire effects. The actual performer of the track is David Glen Eisley. He wrote the song himself with Bob Kulick.
While NFL may not recognise this petition filed, no matter how many signatures it revives, the support alone is a testament to the huge amount of people Hillenburg has impacted with his work.