From creepy ads featuring dead children to Missy Elliott, Sunday night's Super Bowl didn't lack for some seriously memorable elements. The most memorable, however, was arguably one man in a shark suit who has possibly been muse to both halftime performer Katy Perry and her alleged frenemy Taylor Swift. And, get this, he may be the reason the two are on the outs in the first place.
If you missed the BIG GAME (that's what sports people say, right?) last night, you missed a truly stunning performance by Perry, featuring not only a giant metallic lion, but also grown men in shark costumes dancing it up to “California Gurls” and “Teenage Dream.”
They looked something like this and they were the one thing that inspired this reporter to actually look at the TV and cease shoving fruit into her maw for at least five minutes during the course of the game. (Sidenote: I'm really looking forward to these memes getting old so that I can say that the sharks have jumped themselves.)
One of those dancing sea monsters, apparently, was one of Perry's top dancers, Scott Myrick, who tweeted and Instagrammed very excitedly about the Super Bowl opp, as you can see below:
We're glad he came forward and revealed his secret identity, because as you can see (or not see), anyone of moderate height could have conceivably been swathed in all that blue -- mouth distended in a sad sharky smirk.
As Us magazine points out, it's no surprise that Myrick took the stage at the Super Bowl, as the dancer and Perry are pretty close buddies. So close, in fact, that it reportedly caused beef between the "Firework" singer and Taylor Swift when both musicians gunned to use the dancer for their respective tours.
Back in 2014, Swift told Rolling Stone that her song "Bad Blood," off of 1989, was inspired by a professional rift with a fellow singer.
“For years, I was never sure if we were friends or not. She would come up to me at awards shows and say something and walk away, and I would think, ‘Are we friends, or did she just give me the harshest insult of my life?’” Swift said. Then, “She did something so horrible. I was like, ‘Oh, we’re just straight-up enemies.’"
What was the horrible thing? She “tried to sabotage an entire arena tour. She tried to hire a bunch of people out from under me. And I’m surprisingly non-confrontational -- you would not believe how much I hate conflict. So now I have to avoid her. It’s awkward, and I don’t like it," Swift said.
According to Us, one of those aforementioned "bunch of people" was Myrick, who has previously toured with Perry before scoring a spot on Swift's Red Tour, which Myrick allegedly then left early to go on tour with Perry.
Neither Perry nor Swift have directly acknowledged that they were feuding with each other, but after Swift's RS story came out, Perry tweeted, "Watch out for the Regina George in sheep's clothing" and, in a recent interview with Billboard, replied, "If somebody is trying to defame my character, you're going to hear about it" when asked about the tweet.
All fighting aside, we gotta say if all of the above is true: Myrick is killing the celebrity muse game "Bad Blood" is definitely one of the best tracks off of Tay's album and that shark dance ... well ... its majesty speaks for itself.