With his recent appearance on the Super Bowl show, American rapper Eminem has reignited the controversy over the knee-taking, which is seen as a protest against police brutality and racism in the US. In tribute to NFL (National Football League) player Colin Kaepernick, Eminem got down on his knee during Sunday’s Super Bowl halftime. However, the NFL has been reported to have denied trying to stop Eminem from kneeling during his performance.
The highly anticipated US sporting event took place at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles and the halftime show was spearheaded by renowned hip-hop artists Dr Dre, Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar, Mary J Blige, Eminem and 50 Cent. It was during his performance of Lose Yourself that Eminem got on his knees and held his head in his hand in tribute to former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Kaepernick, who got down on his knees during the national anthem to protest police brutality during the season. 2016. Shortly after Kaepernick’s protest, other players followed suit and the move sparked widespread cultural controversy in the US.
The NFL has been criticized for its handling of the case, as Kaepernick has not played in the league since the end of the 2016 season. It is speculated that the African American player was vilified by the league’s teams and owners for his political expression.
When I saw Eminem kneeling during #SuperBowl HalfTime show I thought he bowed to the hip-hop and rap gods he shared the set with. Then I understood that his tribute to Colin Kaepernick was because Black Lives Matter. And apparently it’s still a controversial position. pic.twitter.com/rHXCee8Q9M— Barbara Malmet (@B52Malmet) February 14, 2022
The NFL has been criticized for having prevented its players from taking a political stance in the past. Therefore, recent reports alleging that the organization was trying to prevent Eminem from getting the hang of it have only made the allegations clearer.
According to The New York Post, an NFL spokesperson said that players have been on their knees without sanctions since 2016, so musical talent would not be held to any other standard. In a statement to DailyExpertNews, Brian McCarthy, an NFL official, said organizers knew the rapper would go to his knees because officials watched it during rehearsals.
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