Many are still coming down from a high following this past weekend’s Super Bowl Sunday. While some are still raving over the Rams taking home this year’s ring, others are still talking about this year’s electrifying halftime performance.
This year’s halftime show was headlined by Compton’s very own, Dr.DRE, accompanied by Snoop Dogg, Mary J Blidge, 50 Cent, Eminem, and Kendrick Lamar. Each artist had a magnificent performance as fans sang and danced to some of their classic singles.
Speaking of classics, Eminem performed his classic single, “Lose Yourself” as his closing song before taking a kneel on stage. The move paid tribute to former Quarterback star, Colin Kaepernick, who took a knee in 2016 during the national anthem to protest against the obvious, yet ignored, acts of police brutality that took place during that time. Following the show, many reports stated that the NFL specifically requested that the artist avoid taking a kneel on their platform.
Despite the mass attention this narrative drew, the NFL denies ever attempting to stop Eminem from taking the stance. “We watched all elements of the show during multiple rehearsals this week and were aware that Eminem was going to do that,” Brian McCarthy, league spokesman states.
“A player or coach could have taken a knee and there would have been no repercussions, so there was no reason to tell an artist she or he could not do so,” he added.
Neither Kaepernick nor Eminem have publicly commented on the performance.