Fact Check: Did The Word 'SATAN' Appear During The Weeknd's Super Bowl Halftime Show?

After Sunday night's Super Bowl halftime show performance by pop star The Weeknd, a photo of a concert venue with the word "SATAN" displayed on a screen began circulating on social media.

The Claim

Some users on Facebook and Twitter associated the photo with the Super Bowl performance.

User @MetalheadLe wrote, "What a disgusting blatant satanic ritual this halftime show has become. Wtf, why am I seeing falling angels and SATAN on this show? #NFLisSatanic"

What a disgusting blatant satanic ritual this halftime show has become. Wtf, why am I seeing falling angels and SATAN on this show? #NFLisSatanic pic.twitter.com/xu5DIgW74G

— Max Le Metalhead (@MetalheadLe) February 8, 2021

Another user shared the photo with the same hashtag.

Why did the NFL project Satan in last night's halftime show? That was horrible. #NFLisSatanic ๐Ÿ‘ฟ๐Ÿ‘ฟ๐Ÿ‘ฟ๐Ÿ‘ฟ๐Ÿ‘ฟ๐Ÿ‘ฟ๐Ÿ‘ฟ๐Ÿ‘ฟ๐Ÿ‘ฟ๐Ÿ‘ฟ๐Ÿ‘ฟ๐Ÿ‘ฟ๐Ÿ‘ฟ๐Ÿ‘ฟ๐Ÿ‘ฟ๐Ÿ‘ฟ๐Ÿ‘ฟ๐Ÿ‘ฟ๐Ÿ‘ฟ๐Ÿ‘ฟ๐Ÿ‘ฟ๐Ÿ‘ฟ๐Ÿ‘ฟ๐Ÿ‘ฟ๐Ÿ‘ฟ๐Ÿ‘ฟ๐Ÿ‘ฟ๐Ÿ‘ฟ๐Ÿ‘ฟ๐Ÿ‘ฟ๐Ÿ‘ฟ๐Ÿ‘ฟ๐Ÿ‘ฟ๐Ÿ‘ฟ๐Ÿ‘ฟ๐Ÿ‘ฟ๐Ÿ‘ฟ๐Ÿ‘ฟ๐Ÿ‘ฟ๐Ÿ‘ฟ๐Ÿ‘ฟ๐Ÿ‘ฟ๐Ÿ‘ฟ pic.twitter.com/o9QjbzmHkN

— Adrian VeeโญREVOLTMETAL (@AdrianVee777) February 8, 2021

The photo appeared multiple times on Facebook, as well.

I'm hearing alot of talk that the Superbowl Halftime Show was some kind of publicized Satanic Ritual.The fact is they did light up the word "SATAN" in bright red and had an army rise from the...

The Facts

The photo is from a 2017 concert at the Royal Arena in Copenhagen, Denmark. Fan-recorded videos posted to YouTube in February 2017 show The Weeknd performing at the Royal Arena, flanked by the large screens that displayed the word "SATAN" during a performance of the song "Reminder."

Seen at 3:04:

From another angle at 3:16:

People on YouTube previously noticed the incident from the 2017 concert, with one YouTube video from November of that year highlighting the moment in which the word was displayed.

The image has been discussed on Twitter before, including in 2018 by @TheoryMap.

Here's @theweeknd during one of his performances, paying homage to his god, Satan, by subliminally flashing his name on stage.

What's new?#NWO #NewWorldOrder #Illuminati #TaxationIsTheft #QAnon #TheGreatAwakening #WWG1WGA #WalkAway #Occult #MindControl #Satanism #Luciferian pic.twitter.com/0h5iLv5zoz

— ๐Ÿ—บ (@TheoryMap) August 6, 2018

The Super Bowl halftime show performance did not resemble the Copenhagen stage. The Weeknd performed on a stage that resembled a city, inside a hall of brightly illuminated mirrors, and on the field.

The word "SATAN" does not appear on any screen or in any other context during the Super Bowl performance.

The Ruling

False.

Screens did not display the word "SATAN" behind The Weeknd during the Super Bowl halftime show. The image is from a concert in 2017 in Copenhagen, Denmark.

The Weeknd Super Bowl Halftime Show
The Weeknd performs during the Pepsi Super Bowl LV Halftime Show at Raymond James Stadium on February 7, 2021, in Tampa, Florida. Mike Ehrmann/Getty