Although Colin Kaepernick no longer plays for the NFL, his legacy continues to live on. As more and more players join the protest against police brutality and racial injustice in America, the movement continues to gain steam and outrage many conservatives who believe that politics should stay clear of football and other sports games. Because the protest occurs during the national anthem, with players taking a knee as the Star-Spangled Banner plays, veterans, police officers, and supporters of the United States military have taken personal offense.
Despite the criticism and push back, the protest against police brutality continues to progress forward. And this has not been made clearer than when examining the list of celebrities committed to boycotting the Super Bowl in 2019.
Despite the NFL’s offer to pay celebrities untoward amounts of money to play the half time show, many people turned down the opportunity because of their political beliefs. After several other offers went out, Adam Levine accepted the opportunity to perform at the halftime show along with his band Maroon 5. Despite Levine’s widespread appeal among both men and women and liberal and conservative, Maroon 5 did not seem to do much good for the NFL – as his performance was the least viewed one in more than a decade.
Just days and hours before the Super Bowl aired, celebrities came forward to share their outrage at the event and vow to boycott it this year because of the way the NFL treated Colin Kaepernick and blacklisted him because of his political views.
Celebrities believe that the NFL should not without hold offers from Colin Kaepernick just because his political view is different than the team owners. And they have come forward to voice their views about it, demanding that the NFL open its arms to Kaepernick and give him a football job, which he has not had since he became a free agent in 2016.
The list of celebrities who boycotted Super Bowl LIII include:
- Nick Cannon
- Janelle Monae
- Ava DuVernay
- Wendell Pierce
- Rosanna Arquette
- Lena White
Rihanna’s protest against the Super Bowl LIII was particularly noteworthy because she reportedly turned down a lot of money when she refused to perform at the halftime show. Although the NFL wanted Rihanna to sing for its audience, the superstar chose to join Colin Kaepernick and his protest against police brutality and racial injustice in the United States. As a black woman, it is not surprising that she would stand up for the political protest.
Rihanna received the offer to perform at the Super Bowl back in October, “but she said no because of the kneeling controversy. She doesn’t agree with the NFL’s stance.”
Pink and Cardi B also declined the offer from the NFL.
“The offer and exposure would have been great for Rihanna as she’s planning a new album and tour, but she stuck to what’s right in her eyes,” an insider added to ET.
What do you think about these celebrities taking a stand against the NFL and boycotting the Super Bowl?
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