Eminem Kneeled In Defiance Against The NFL During his performance in the Super Bowl halftime show.
The rapper rode at the end of “Lose Yourself” performance, which also included Dr. Dre and Anderson Buck on drums.
Eminem apparently mentioned the idea of kneeling before his performance, but was asked to avoid doing so by the Super Bowl organizers.
Kneeling protest form presented by Colin Kaepernick to the NFLwho began sitting silently on the benches while the national anthem was played, at the start of the 2016 season on August 26.
On September 1, he moved to take a knee in protest instead, on the advice of retired Army Green Beret Nate Boyer, who suggested that kneeling during the ceremony would be more respectful of veterans.
“I won’t stand to show pride in the flag of a country that oppresses blacks and people of color,” Kaepernick said at a news conference after sitting for the first time during the anthem being played.
“For me, this is bigger than football, and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are dead bodies in the street and people who take paid leave and get away with murder.”
Eminem’s move came amid widespread reports that he and fellow dignitaries Dr. Dre, Kendrick Lamar, Mary J. Blige and Snoop Dogg were closely censored from making any political statements.
according to New York Post, Dre felt “disgusting censorship” by executives who did not want the performance to become a “divisive culture war moment”.
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The NFL has also reportedly expressed unease over the lyrics to “Still Dre” which talks about “still not loving the police.”
After the halftime show, hundreds of people reacted to Eminem’s decision to kneel on social media.
One fan commented, “The NFL told Eminem that he can’t perform knee jerks during the show.” “Eminem embarks on a one-minute knee performance. Goats.”
“For the record, I think I know why Eminem was kneeling, but if it’s about Colin Kaepernick, he should say it,” sports journalist Jamil Hill wrote in a tweet. “Not a criticism. But it will be a powerful addition to the conversation.”
Stay tuned for updates on the Super Bowl halftime show here.