Roger Waters Asks Maroon 5 To Take A Knee During Halftime Show
Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters has asked Maroon 5 to take a knee during the Super Bowl Halftime Show on Sunday, February 3.
In an open letter, Waters said, “My colleagues Maroon 5, Travis Scott and Big Boi are performing during the halftime show at the Super Bowl this coming Sunday. I call upon them to ‘take a knee’ onstage in full sight.”
“I call upon them to do it in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick, to do it for every child shot to death on these mean streets, to do it for every bereaved mother and father and brother and sister,” he added.
Waters also posted a video of himself and his band taking a knee onstage.
“My mother used to say to me, ‘In any situation, there is nearly always a right thing to do, just do it,'” Waters said. “So there you go, my brothers, you are faced with a choice, I’m not saying it will be easy, all the president’s men, all the huffers and puffers, will be royally pissed off, but, $#@%’em, I call upon you to do it because it’s the right thing to do and because somewhere inside you know it.”
Maroon 5, along with Travis Scott and Big Boi have been severely criticized on the Internet for agreeing to perform at the halftime show largely due to the NFL’s stance on players taking a knee during the national anthem.
Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Kaepernick created controversy in 2016 after he started kneeling during the national anthem in protest of racial inequality in the U.S.
Several A-list artists, including Rihanna, Adele, JAY-Z, and Cardi B, rejected invitations to perform at halftime to show their support for Kaepernick.
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