Cardi B Turned Down Super Bowl Gig To Support Colin Kaepernick
Cardi B said she had "mixed feelings" after turning down an offer to play at this year's Super Bowl half-time show.
The "Money" rapper said that although her husband Offset is a huge football fan, it was important that she stuck to her principles.
“My husband, he loves football," Cardi B said in a new interview with Associated Press.
"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,” she added.
Cardi said she wanted to "stand behind" ex-NFL footballer Colin Kaepernick, who was the first athlete to kneel during the national anthem in protest of police brutality in the U.S.
“You have to sacrifice that,” she said of her decision. “I got to sacrifice a lot of money to perform. But there’s a man who sacrificed his job for us, so we've got to stand behind him.”
The rapper joins artists including Rihanna, who reportedly turned down the Super Bowl gig because of the NFL's treatment of Kaepernick.
Comedian Amy Schumer also refused to appear in a Super Bowl commercial as her way of standing up against police brutality and inequality in the States.
While Cardi B did turn down the half-time show, she does appear in the Pepsi Super Bowl commercial alongside actor Steve Carell and rapper Lil Jon. She's also hosting a Super Bowl party in Atlanta this weekend.
But the rapper had a few words for anyone accusing her of being hypocritical.
“I hear people saying like ‘Oh, y’all are saying all this stuff about the Super Bowl, but you’re doing all these parties,’” she said.
“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.”
Maroon Five is headlining the half-time show at Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta with Travis Scott and Big Boi also set to perform.
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