Viewers were left “creeped out” by Jason Derulo’s robotic backup dancers during a pre-Super Bowl performance. Derulo performed at the NFL’s TikTok Tailgate event to get fans excited for Super Bowl LVII, but one aspect of his performance didn’t have the desired effect.
Derulo was joined on stage by a number of human backup dancers, who in turn, were also joined by a collection of choreographed robotic dogs. Social media users shared their concern at the technological advancement, as some likened it to an episode of Black Mirror.
The specific designers of the robots are unconfirmed, but they look similar to the Boston Dynamics robotics that often go viral for their technological advancements.
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Oh god they’re normalizing robot dogs in the super bowl pre-show thing pic.twitter.com/BwqVJoefoK
— Read Jackson Rising by @CooperationJXN (@JoshuaPHilll) February 12, 2023
Jason Derulo has robot dog background dancers, if you wanna check that square off on your Super Bowl bingo card pic.twitter.com/OnJxsUTKzW
— SB Nation (@SBNation) February 12, 2023