Cardi B Turned Down Super Bowl Performance To Support Colin Kaepernick

Apparently, Cardi B declined an offer to perform at the Super Bowl halftime show alongside Maroon 5 so she could stand in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick.

Kaepernick, if you remember, was at the center of a controversy back in 2016 when he knelt down as the national anthem played prior to an NFL game. His decision to kneel rather than stand, as is customary, was done as a protest against racial injustice and systematic oppression in the country. The quarterback, who played with the San Francisco 49ers at the time, soon departed the team and he is currently a free agent.

 

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According to the BBC, Kaepernick said:

This stand wasn’t for me. This is because I’m seeing things happen to people that don’t have a voice, people that don’t have a platform to talk and have their voices heard, and effect change. So I’m in the position where I can do that and I’m going to do that for people that can’t.

Following in the footsteps of artists such as Beyoncé, Justin Timberlake, Lady Gaga and Coldplay, Maroon 5 will be performing at the Super Bowl half time show. They would have been joined by Cardi B, had the rapper not turned down the offer so she could stand by Kaepernick.

The decision was a tough one, the 26-year-old explained, but a necessary sacrifice.

 

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As per The Guardian, Cardi, who’s a mother-of-one, also spoke of how her husband, Offset, loves football, and plays football with his kids and “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.”

She continued:

You have to sacrifice that. 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.

Cardi is not the only artist to refuse to perform at the show, which is considered to be one of the most prestigious in the world. Rihanna has also refused while Marron 5 and Travis Scott, who have agreed, are also facing pressure to pull out, according to The Guardian.

The publisher also reported that the vice-president of the Atlanta branch of the NAACP civil rights group, Gerald Griggs, has been reaching out to performers who have accepted to participate to ask them to reconsider. “The majority of artists we’ve reached out to are standing in solidarity against the NFL,” Mr. Griggs told The Observer. “They do not want to be associated because of the protest that was started by Mr. Kaepernick against racial injustice and police brutality.”

The Super Bowl is taking place today, February 3rd in Atlanta, Georgia.