WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Nearly 50,000 people have signed a petition asking Maroon 5 not to do the halftime show at the 2019 Super Bowl.
- The protest was in support of former NFL player Colin Kaepernick in his advocacy against racial inequality and police violence.
- Other artists who openly supported Kaepernick and whom Maroon 5 has worked with included Rihanna, Cardi B and Kendrick Lamar.
When the 2019 Super Bowl goes into halftime, who do you think will headline it?
While confirmations were yet to be made by either the NFL or Maroon 5, unnamed sources said the Adam Levine-fronted rock band would perform at the championship game on February. Nevertheless, thousands of fans have signed a petition imploring Adam Levine and his bandmates to turn down the offer.
As of press time, over 48,000 have signed their names to the petition which says that the band should bow out of the show in support of former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
The drama for Maroon 5 unfolded a month ago when it was widely rumored that the gig was only offered to them because Rihanna turned it down in support for the former NFL player. In 2016, Kaepernick made headlines after he began kneeling during the national anthem to protest racial injustice and police brutality sweeping across the country.
In October 2017, a grievance against NFL owners was filed by Kaepernick saying they have “colluded to deprive him of employment rights” in revenge for his leadership and advocacy for equality and social justice.
In May, a new policy stating that all league and team personnel must ‘show respect’ and stand for the flag and anthem was initiated by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. Rihanna who was offered the halftime show said ‘no’ according to US Weekly. Apparently, she didn’t agree to the NFL’s stance on the kneeling controversy.
On October 19, Amy Shumer posted on Instagram saying how cool’ it would be if the band follow RiRi’s lead and back out. Following this post, the petition came out in Change.org seeking for signatures to support the plea, adding that over the years, the band has worked with artists of different genres who have publicly supported Kaepernick in his protest against racial discrimination.
For this reason, the petition said, “Maroon 5 must do the same. They have the choice: to either stand on the right side of history, or being remembered for siding with NFL over its players.”
While they have yet to respond to the pleas and demands of the petitioners at the same time officially confirming their performance in the show, if Maroon 5 will actually back out, this will definitely be a first.
Forget about betting on which team makes it into the championships next year, rather, place your bets on who will eventually perform during the halftime in Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
Source: E Online