Katy Perry Makes Little Girl’s Dream Come True, The Super Bowl Sharks Out Themselves

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The internet was busy doing three things during the Super Bowl halftime show yesterday. One was comparing Katy Perry’s flame outfit to literally every other character who ever wore flames. The next was talking about how ADORABLE those freaking sharks were. And the third was asking who Missy Elliot was. Let’s talk about this, shall we?

First, regardless of what you think of Katy Perry or her music, this is fantastic.

Now onto the countless number of things Perry’s flame outfit looked like:

And of course because Lenny Kravitz came on stage with her at one point there were also plenty of “Girl on Fire” references to be had.

Ahh, but the sharks. The sharks simply stole the show, no?

Their dancing and vacant eyes won us over but they might have remained a mystery had one reddit user not requested an AMA with them. Dancer Scott Myrick now has “Right Shark” listed on his Twitter bio and all is right with the world. In the reddit thread he wrote:

HELLOOOO EVERYONE!!! Yes I was the shark!!!!!! I dance for Katy on her prismatic world tour and have been with her for 5 years ! 1. It is up there.. I danced as a gingerbread man in her first tour the California dreams tour. And also her big purple cat, kitty purry. This is just another day in KP land. 2. The visibility was… Terrible. I ran into a palm tree but the camera missed it ;) 3. Patriots… Tom Brady. Duh 4. Well this is my 5th year workong for Katy and I was actually a horse chest piece in dark horse and had to change into the shark costume in 1:30 seconds. It was nuts! But I guess it’s just being at the right place at the right time hahah 5. Katy Perry sized duck. Hundo percent.

On the other fin, the left shark was Bryan Gaw (watch this brief but adorable behind the scenes vid). The sharks already have a Buzzfeed “Which Katy Perry Halftime Show Shark Are You?” quiz and a song by Jonathan Mann. Thank you both for what you’ve brought to this world. Also, in a cool bit of six degrees, TMS pal Dr. Andrea Letamendi’s sister did the halftime costumes.

Last but not least, the Super Bowl halftime show reminded me how desperately I need Missy Elliot in my life. I didn’t even reailze how long it had been since she’d been active on the music scene and now I can’t wait for new music. Other folks though…

Wow…kids don’t know their music history. #MissyElliot A photo posted by Wilhite Webster (@lacastrophe) on

Sigh. To that, Elliot said on Twitter, “Gnite y’all I

Regardless, when people started posting pictures of the little girl from Elliot’s videos to joke about her making a cameo in the performance I thought to myself, “Wouldn’t it be funny if that little girl was actually Katy Perry,” to which I quickly replied to myself, “Don’t be ridiculous, she’s not like, an adult yet.”

I stand corrected.

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