Petition urges Maroon 5 to drop out of Super Bowl show over NFL's crackdown on protests by players
The people have spoken! 50,000 signatures aim to convince Maroon 5 to bow out of the upcoming Superbowl LIII Halftime Show
Earlier this September, it was confirmed that Maroon 5 landed the coveted spot of headlining the 2019 Super Bowl LIII Halftime show, set to kick-off next February at the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. A month after the announcement was made, it was revealed that both Rihanna and P!nk were also asked to perform, but the singers reportedly turned down the opportunity in support of Colin Kaepernick — who famously kneeled during the US National Anthem as a protest against police brutality.
Now, thousands of people have signed a Change.org petition urging Maroon 5 to drop out of the Super Bowl LIII halftime performance in solidarity with Kaepernick.
27,000+ people are asking @maroon5 to follow @rihanna's lead and refuse to play the @SuperBowl. Sign to ask them to take a stand. Until the @NFL lets players exercise their constitutional right to protest, they don’t deserve a halftime performer. https://t.co/L2xZJ8ZdSP— Change.org (@Change) November 13, 2018
“Kaepernick risked his career to take a knee for equality, and the NFL punished him for it”, the petition states. “Until the league changes their policy and support players’ constitutional right to protest, no artists should agree to work with the NFL. Join me in asking Maroon 5 to drop out of the 2019 Super Bowl halftime show."
"Maroon 5 has made music over the years featuring artists from all genres, including Rihanna, Cardi B and Kendrick Lamar — all of whom have publicly supported Kaepernick in his decision to protest the violent racism sweeping the United States," the petition adds.
"Maroon 5 must do the same. The band has a chance to stand on the right side of history. If they don’t, they will be remembered for choosing to side with the NFL over its players."
At the time of publishing, the petition has slightly over 41,000 signatures. The aims is to reach a goal of 50,000, which doesn't seem too far away now.