Beyoncé & Jay-Z Sat during National Anthem after Colin Kaepernick Kneeling Protest Controversy
Beyoncé and Jay-Z sat during the National Anthem at Super Bowl LIV amid controversy over Colin Kaepernick's kneeling protest against racial injustice and police brutality. The power couple's action has since sparked mixed reactions.
Jay-Z signed off on a partnership deal with the NFL last year, and despite the roaring backlash, the music mogul claimed he was not betraying Kaepernick's protest against racial injustice and police brutality.
According to TMZ, Jay-Z, Beyoncé, and their eight-year-old daughter, Blue Ivy, had prime seats a few rows away from the field. As virtually everyone stood during Demi Lovato's rendition of the National Anthem, however, they remained seated.
The rapper insisted that he and the activist "are two adult men who disagree on the tactic but are marching for the same cause."
The outlet added that a man appearing to be the Carters' bodyguard stood nearby, and DJ Khaled stopped by for a quick chat. There were no adverse reactions to the family's statement at the venue, but the internet was another story.
"As a young black man who loves this country, I'm disgusted by yesterday's decision by Jay-Z and @Beyonce to sit during the national anthem. Our community needs better role models," one Twitter user said, echoing the words of many others.
On the other hand, however, some fans seemed to think Beyoncé and Jay-Z didn't do anything wrong. "Y'all mad Beyoncé didn't stand for the anthem while y'all were home sitting down too? Make it make sense," another Tweeter challenged.
Per Daily Mail, Kaepernick also appeared to share his feelings about Jay-Z and Beyoncé's decision to sit during the National Anthem. The former quarterback took to Instagram Story with an article screenshot about the incident and wrote: "I thought we were past kneeling though?"
Kaepernick's cheeky caption was in reference to Jay-Z's response when he was accused last year of betraying the athlete's "take a knee" protest by signing a partnership deal with the NFL. "I think we're past kneeling," he had said.
Beyonce & Jay-Z remain seated during National Anthem...That disrespect aside - she has sung the national anthem & performed 2 halftime shows, yet she couldn’t find it in her to support Lovato who suffered through many struggles? SMH#SuperBowl2020https://t.co/kGrfeiQVUJ— W.E. Dupree (@WayneDupreeShow) February 3, 2020
In 2016, Kaepernick began to kneel during the National Anthem as a means of drawing attention to racial injustice and police brutality targeting people of color. The league has allegedly blacklisted him since then.
Last August, Jay-Z shocked fans with the announcement of his NFL partnership. The Roc Nation boss had been one of Kaepernick's most vocal supporters, so the move was a shock as well as a disappointment to many.
Bro no one cares if Beyoncé and Jay-Z didnt stand for the national anthem— Ý̵͎ŭ̴͉ṉ̴̑ǵ̷͉ ̷͔̆W̶̝̽h̴̖͂ȉ̴̹t̵͇̋e̴̬̿ȯ̴͜ụ̵̐t̶ (@YungWhiteout) February 3, 2020
Jay-Z argued back then that he wasn't betraying Kaepernick, and said pretty much the same thing in a recent interview. The rapper insisted that he and the activist "are two adult men who disagree on the tactic but are marching for the same cause."
"He was done wrong," Jay-Z reportedly added about Kaepernick. "I would understand if it was three months ago. But it was three years ago, and someone needs to say, 'What do we do now -because people are still dying?'"
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