Protesting during the national anthem is definitely not something new, but when power couple Beyonce and Jay-Z, as well as their daughter Blue Ivy, chose to remain seated for the song sung by Demi Lovato at the Super Bowl, they set tongues wagging.
Although it’s been done by many others at many venues, such a high-profile couple taking the stand (or rather, staying seated) at such an important game, was notable and many people reacted. While they were met with some backlash, most reactions were positive.
The kneeling during the national anthem protest began with former NFL athlete Colin Kaepernick. Kaepernick kneeled during games a few years ago as a protest to racial injustice. This protest became a national debate and eventually got him pushed out of the league.
Jay-Z told reporters from the New York Times Saturday that he was a supporter of Kaepernick and the continued protests. He also said that he was willing to absorb some bad press if it meant bringing change. Ironically, Jay-Z also co-produced the halftime show for the Super Bowl, which featured Jennifer Lopez and Shakira. Jay-Z’s brand Roc Nation is in partnership with the NFL to help produce live events, as well as social justice programs.