Just my thoughts…I find it amazing how everyone is talking about them sitting but not talking about the other people sitting as well…hmmmm I wonder why? What are your thoughts?
The decision, an apparent nod to former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, came just months after Jay-Z partnered with the NFL
Jay-Z, Beyonce and their daughter Blue Ivy watch Super Bowl LIV between the San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs at Hard Rock Stadium on Feb. 2, 2020 in Miami.Kyle Terada / USA TODAY Sports
As Demi Lovato sang the national anthem before the Super Bowl on Sunday, one notable family stayed in their seats: Beyoncé, Jay-Z and their 8-year old daughter, Blue Ivy.
TMZ posted the video Sunday of the celebrity couple at Hard Rock Stadium, where the San Francisco 49ers played the Kansas City Chiefs. The video showed several people standing during “The Star-Spangled Banner,” and just as many sitting.
Jay-Z, a co-producer of the halftime show featuring Shakira and Jennifer Lopez, and his Roc Nation company entered a partnership with the NFL for events and social activism last year. The rapper was criticized since he had become one of the biggest supporters of Colin Kaepernick, the ex-49er quarterback who sparked a fissure in the NFL when he decided to kneel during the national anthem to protest the killings of blacks by police officers.
Jay-Z’s response was that he still supports protesting, kneeling and Kaepernick, but he’s also interested in working with the league to make substantial changes.
Representatives for Jay-Z and Beyoncé didn’t immediately reply to emails from the AP seeking comment about their decision to remain seated during the anthem.
Roc Nation also agreed to consult with the NFL on its activism campaign, “Inspire Change.”
In an interview with The New York Times last week, Jay-Z said he could live with the criticism if it meant an opportunity to create change.