Maroon 5’s controversial Super Bowl performance offset in light of the band making dying teen’s wish come true

2019-02-06 14:14
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Maroon 5 choosing to perform at the Super Bowl halftime may have been criticised by some, but according to news anchor Ted Perry, singer Adam Levine (39) and his band hit all the right notes when they made a terminally ill teen’s wish come true several years ago.

The touching interaction between the Girls Like You hitmaker and the dying teen, reportedly named Sarah, came about thanks to the Make A Wish foundation.

Ted Perry, a news anchor on Milwaukee’s FOX 6 and a friend of the family, posted a lengthy message on his Facebook page describing the sweet interaction, iHeart Radio reports.

According to Perry, Sarah and her mom enjoyed VIP treatment as the band organised a limo to take them to the annual Summerfest music festival where Maroon 5 was scheduled to perform, People reports.

The mom and daughter duo had a meet-and-greet with the band, took pictures and had front row seats for their set. 

“Adam and the band met Sarah, took pictures, and then he made sure she was comfortable right off the wings of the stage. He looked over often, checked in on her periodically, smiled her way . . . made her feel like a queen,” Perry wrote.

“My friend says her daughter was so happy that night. Make A Wish did an amazing job. Adam Levine could not have been more of a gentleman.”

Sarah succumbed to cancer the next morning.

Perry’s emotional post came just before Maroon 5’s halftime show where the band was criticised for choosing to perform, following months of controversy around former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, Time reports.

Kaepernick has come under fire for starting a kneeling protest during the National Anthem before games in 2016. He, and a number of other US athletes, are kneeling in protest of police brutality against black people in the US. Several other bands refused to take to the Superbowl stage in solidarity with Kaepernick, prompting criticism of Maroon 5 for going ahead with the performance.

“I personally didn’t think much one way or another about Adam Levine until I heard this story,” Perry writes in his post defending Levine. “But I know there are a lot of haters and Twitter will be full of snide remarks about the show. I’m going to remember what he did for a young woman to make her final night on earth so special.”

Sources: iHeart Radio, People, Time, Facebook




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