It might have appeared like a form of peaceful protest when Jay-Z and his wife, Beyoncé, remained seated during the singing of the National Anthem at the Super Bowl LIV. However, the American rapper has come out to say that it really wasn’t a peaceful protest.
In the clip, the lovely couple and their daughter were seen still sitting down while the National Anthem was being sung. Many online users have linked their sitting to the kneeling of Colin Kaepernick, which was in protest of the brutality of police officers.
In a discussion at Columbia University on Tuesday, Jay-Z addressed the issue.
Shawn Carter, also known as Jay-Z, said:
It actually wasn’t. It really wasn’t. What happened was, it was not premeditated at all.
He further explained that they remained seated because they were talking about Lovato’s performance.
Jay-Z said, emphasizing that he would not involve his little daughter in the protest:
So, the whole time we’re sitting there and we’re talking about the performance.
The American rapper is a vocal supporter of Colin Kaepernick. In 2019, Jay-Z faced criticism after his company, Roc Nation, announced that there would be a partnership with the NFL. The Super Bowl halftime show’s production is also a part of the partnership.
The veteran rapper and successful businessman cited the 2020 halftime show as a different form of protest. The show stared Latin American celebrities; Shakira and Jennifer Lopez.
Jay-Z further said:
We were making the biggest, loudest protest of all. Given the context, I didn’t have to make a silent protest.
While conserving at Columbia University, Jay Z also paid a heartfelt tribute to late basketballer, Kobe Bryant.