A petition for Maroon 5 to drop out of the Super Bowl Halftime Show has attracted almost 40,000 signatures.
Although the ‘Moves Like Jagger’ group are yet to officially confirm their involvement, the petition urges them to down the gig and stand in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick – who famously kneeled during the US National Anthem as a protest against police brutality.
“Kaepernick risked his career to take a knee for equality, and the NFL punished him for it”, the petition states.
“Until the league changes their policy and support players’ constitutional right to protest, no artists should agree to work with the NFL. Join me in asking Maroon 5 to drop out of the 2019 Super Bowl halftime show.
“Rihanna is not the first major artist to turn down the Super Bowl halftime show. Jay-Z turned down a request to perform at the 2017 Super Bowl, and even addressed it in his 2018 song ‘Apesh*t.’
“The lyrics say, ‘I said no to the Super Bowl: you need me, I don’t need you. Every night we in the endzone, tell the NFL we in stadiums too,’ while the music video shows a line of men on one knee.”
As the petition states, Rihanna reportedly turned down the Half Time show to stand in solidarity with Kaepernick.
“Rihanna was the front-runner for next year’s super bowl halftime show,” a source told Entertainment Tonight last month.
“CBS and the NFL reached out to Rihanna first, who after thinking about the offer, decided to pass due to the NFL and the situation regarding players kneeling.”
Maroon 5 are yet to officially comment on the speculation.