Ava DuVernay is boycotting Sunday's Super Bowl in help of former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
"I can’t be a spectator, viewer or supporter of the #SuperBowl at this time in protest of the @NFL’s racist therapy of @Kaepernick7 and its ongoing disregard for the well being + well-being of all its gamers. To watch the sport is to compromise my beliefs. It’s not value it," she tweeted on Sunday, including the hashtag #ImWithKap.
DuVernay made an identical assertion final yr, when she tweeted an image of her and Kaepernick with the caption, "The solely soccer participant I'm checking for this weekend. 'Cause I can not faux that all the pieces is okay with this enterprise."
The Selma helmer isn’t alone. Before Maroon 5 signed on to do the sport's halftime efficiency, different stars reminiscent of Cardi B, Rihanna and Pink reportedly turned it down in help of Kaepernick, whose determination to kneel in the course of the nationwide anthem at soccer video games to boost consciousness for police brutality and racial inequality, amongst different points, sparked protests and debate. Comedian Amy Schumer additionally stated she wouldn’t partake in a Super Bowl industrial in help of Kaepernick.
Of Maroon 5's determination to play the Super Bowl, Levine defined in an interview with Entertainment Tonight final week, "I spoke to many individuals, most significantly although, I silenced all of the noise and listened to myself, and made my determination about how I felt." He later added, "No one thought of it greater than I did. No one put extra thought and love into this than I did."
Levine additionally had a message for those who may really feel as if their voice isn't being heard. "They can be [heard] — that's all I wish to say as a result of I don't wish to spoil something," he stated.
In addition to Maroon 5, Travis Scott and Big Boi are slated to carry out within the halftime present. Chloe x Halle will carry out "America the Beautiful" earlier than the sport begins, whereas Gladys Knight will sing "The Star-Spangled Banner."
Super Bowl LIII will air reside on CBS on Sunday from Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.