Tommorow evening it The Super Bo–…
Uh, er – that is, “The Big Game“! Official licensing rights dictate that the only people or businesses permitted to use the OTHER term are those that have paid the appropriate advertising fees.
As many know, the halftime show for the professional football sporting league championship contest usually has major international music acts. However it appears this year there are protests or boycotts of the professional football sporting league championship contest halftime show, due to Colin Kaepernick being purportedly denied a chance to play.
Kaepernick’s attorney, Mark Geragos was on The Today Show to cast scorn on Maroon 5, Travis Scott and Outkast’s Big Boi, because they have agreed to perform.
“They do take a lot of heat and I think rightfully so… It was reported that Travis Scott had gotten Colin’s blessing. That was categorically untrue.” Mark Geragos, Colin Kaepernick’s attorney, on this year’s #SuperBowl halftime acts pic.twitter.com/H6Icb9nGag
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) January 31, 2019
This calls to the myopic position many have taken in regards to Kaepernick’s National Anthem protest, and undertaken by numerous other players. While there is a valid argument that they have a right to demonstrate their views on a 1st Amendment basis (albeit, one they choose to undertake at their place of employment) those supporting the protest frequently get enraged at those who disagree.
The players have a right to express themselves, but anyone who expresses disagreement are said to be intolerant, racist, etc. Funny how that works.
Now in similar fashion, if a music act does not support Kaepernick by boycotting they will come under fire. This carries the implication that supporting the protest is compulsory, and if you dare think for yourself you should be punished in some fashion.
Colin Kaepernick has love and respect nationwide and globally. If the NFL doesnt know that by now…. Well. https://t.co/h9muVAu0ju
— COMMON (@common) January 31, 2019
They have the right. We also have the right to call it out and immediately cease all support for said performers.
— R-E-S-P-E-C-T✊🏾 (@Goldielocs007) January 31, 2019
Then there is this rather odd interpretation of what is taking place:
“If you’re going to cross this idealogical or intellectual picket line, then own it, and Adam Levine certainly isn’t owning it,” Geragos said.
Intellectual picket line! WTF
— Carl Dunning (@Cdunn96) January 31, 2019
— Christy Stimmell (@Christy_0107) January 31, 2019
This idea of crossing a picket line is absurd! In the end everyone has a choice! That’s the beauty of this country! Why should anyone be chastised for not following along with Kapernicks antics! I’m all for him taking a position but don’t force it on others!
— Leslie Haggett (@LeslieHaggett) February 1, 2019
Even the entertainers themselves are having a difficult time keeping things straight. One of this nation’s newest political thinkers, Cardi B seems to be…we will say “conflicted”.
— The A.V. Club (@TheAVClub) February 2, 2019
— The Hill (@thehill) February 2, 2019
— TMZ (@TMZ) February 2, 2019
Sounds like she has really made a firm stand on the issue, and will not be supporting the NFL, correct?
She WILL be performing in a pre-game event in Atlanta, that IS connected to Sunday’s game.
— iHeartRadio (@iHeartRadio) February 2, 2019
And, additionally the supposedly militant singer is also getting paid significantly for a Pepsi commercial being shown during the game.
— Rap-Up (@RapUp) January 28, 2019
Soooooo, she really is not sacrificing much, if anything. It is not too clear how you can claim to boycott an event while participating in that same event. In fact, in an interview on this very issue with the Associated Press she attempted to clear things up:
“And it’s like, well, if the NFL could benefit off from us, then I’m going to benefit off y’all. Y’all make the most money off our people. Why am I not going to take advantage of y’all and take money from y’all too? Because of y’all, we are getting these parties. OK, thank you.”
Well that…clears nothing up. Participating in pre-game parties and commercial spots that support the NFL is not really the way you boycott the NFL, but Cardi, y’all go have fun.
Cardi B and the Patriots owner Robert Kraft just had it popping on stage gonna be a crazy Super Bowl go pats
— landlord Akui (@FlavaHops) February 2, 2019
Seriously — they should just bring back Left Shark already.