Maroon 5 should #TakeAKnee and skip Super Bowl, petition says
Controversy surrounds Super Bowl halftime show
For many musicians, playing the halftime show at the Super Bowl for millions of viewers is a dream come true.
This year, the treasured gig isn’t looking so shiny, especially for headliners Maroon 5.
That’s because of controversy surrounding quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
In 2016, Kaepernick started kneeling on the football field during the national anthem as a way to protest police violence against black people in the U.S.
He said no NFL team would sign him after that.
Now, some people are calling on Maroon 5 to support Kaepernick by cancelling the band's Super Bowl performance.
As of Jan. 31, more than 112,000 people had signed an online petition calling on Maroon 5 to drop out.
Travis Scott and Big Boi are also scheduled to perform at halftime, but the petition doesn’t mention them.
As of Jan. 31, the members of Maroon 5 hadn't officially commented on the petition.
But on Jan. 29, the news conference with reporters that usually happens in the days leading up to the Super Bowl was cancelled.
Some people on social media were suggesting the event was dropped so band members wouldn’t have to face any tough questions about Kaepernick.
In a statement explaining the cancellation, the NFL said “the artists will let their show do the talking.”
Some media outlets are reporting that Rihanna was offered the Super Bowl gig before Maroon 5 and turned it down in support of Kaepernick.
CBC Kids News was unable to confirm that.
On Instagram, comedian Amy Schumer said “it would be cool” if Maroon 5 dropped out of the halftime show.
She said she refused to appear in any Super Bowl commercials this year in support of Kaepernick’s protest.
Fans speak out
Meanwhile, many fans are reaching out to Maroon 5 and asking the band not to drop out of the Super Bowl.
Donation for kids
On Jan. 29, Maroon 5, the band’s record label Interscope Records, and the NFL announced they were going to make a $500,000 donation to Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.
That’s a group that matches kids in the U.S. with adult mentors.
The president and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, Pam Iorio, tweeted the news.