Cardi B claims she refused to perform at Super Bowl halftime show due to ‘mixed feelings’
Cardi B refused to perform at the halftime show at Super Bowl. She claims she turned the showdown due to "mixed feelings."
Cardi B claims she was offered a performance at this year's Super Bowl. However, she struggled with the decision of taking or denying the lucrative opportunity.
She apparently opted to turn the showdown in support of ex-NFL player Colin Kaepernick. The rapper claimed the offer caused conflict between her values and her entrepreneurship.
"I got to sacrifice a lot of money to perform. But there's a man who sacrificed his job for us," the singer said in an interview.
The Grammy-nominated rapper told the Associated Press on Friday evening that she had "mixed feelings" about declining the performance at Super Bowl in Atlanta. The star added that it was a hard decision.
She felt obligated to "stand behind" Kaepernick because he "stood up" for minorities. She said it was made even harder because her husband, rapper Offset, loves to watch football.
"My husband, he loves football. His kids play football. It's really hard for him. ... He really wants to go to the Super Bowl, but he can't go to the Super Bowl, because he's got to stand for something," said Cardi B.
Cardi is nominated for five Grammys and is competing for both album and record of the year. She's using her powerful position in the music industry to take a stand for what she feels is right.
"You have to sacrifice that," she added. "I got to sacrifice a lot of money to perform. But there's a man who sacrificed his job for us, so we got to stand behind him."
She's no the only star to take a stand either. Reports state that Rihanna and Pink also turned down offers to perform during this year's halftime. Jay-Z also alluded to declining to perform at the Super Bowl in a recent song, and Amy Schumer refused to appear in a TV ad during the game.
Cardi B had taken part in other Super Bowl events and was hit with massive backlash as a result. Her recent move hints that she heard the backlash and took a stand.
She wasn't the only one to be slammed for initially supporting Super Bowl events. Toya Wright and her daughter Reginae Carter were also slammed for enjoying the events.