Cardi B has revealed she turned down an opportunity to perform at the 2019 Super Bowl halftime to show support to Colin Kaepernick.
The 26-year-old singer was originally set to perform her hit song “Girls Like You” with Maroon 5.
In 2016 football player Colin Kaepernick hit the headlines when he chose to kneel during the American National Anthem in order to draw attention and awareness about a “country that oppresses its black people”.
Kaepernick, who was a part of the San Fransisco 49ers at that time, started the “Take a Kneel” movement and was soon joined by many other NFL players. However, he also had to face a lot of criticism from the public.
America’s President Donald Trump, also criticized Kaepernick. He said: ” The football player should have been suspended for his protest”.
In an interview with AP, Cardi B said: “My husband, he loves football. His kids play football. It’s really hard for him. … He really wants to go to the Super Bowl, but he can’t go to the Super Bowl, because he’s got to stand for something.
“I got to sacrifice a lot of money to perform. But there’s a man who sacrificed his job for us, so we got to stand behind him. ”
This is not the first time the Grammy-nominated singer and rapper has shown her support towards Colin Kaepernick. Last year, in February, when asked about when her fans would see her return to performing at the Super Bowl, she said: “When they hire Colin Kaepernick back.”
Cardi B is not the only artist who has declined to perform at the halftime show in support of Kaepernick. The same offer was put forward to singers Rihanna and Pink who both refused it for the same reasons as Cardi.
However, the rapper has appeared in a SuperBowl commercial, receiving a lot of backlash and criticism. About this she said: “I hear people saying like ‘Oh, y’all are saying all this stuff about the Super Bowl, but you’re doing all these parties, 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.”