Not Only Jay-Z: Amy Schumer, Rihanna + Other Celebrities Who Turned Down Super Bowl

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Maroon 5 will headline the Super Bowl LIII halftime show in Atlanta, Georgia on February 3rd, 2019.

However, some other celebs rejected the opportunity to perform or to advertise the show and Nexter.org knows why.

Rihanna

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Rihanna has turned down a chance to headline the halftime show at Super Bowl LIII in solidarity with 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, according to reports by US Weekly.

“The NFL and CBS really wanted Rihanna to be next year’s performer in Atlanta,” the insider reveals. “They offered it to her, but she said no because of the kneeling controversy. She doesn’t agree with the NFL’s stance.”

Kaepernick, who once admitted to having a crush on Rihanna, was the first NFL player to kneel during the national anthem in a peaceful protest of police brutality and racial inequality. The former San Fransisco 49ers quarterback, 30, has not played since stirring controversy during the 2016 season.

Amy Schumer

Amy Schumer is staging her own kind of NFL protest.

“I personally told my reps I wouldn’t do a Super Bowl commercial this year,” Schumer wrote on Instagram Friday. “I know it must sound like a privilege-ass sacrifice, but it’s all I got. Hitting the NFL with the advertisers is the only way to really hurt them.”

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Friday thought. I wonder why more white players aren’t kneeling. Once you witness the truly deep inequality and endless racism people of color face in our country, not to mention the police brutality and murders. Why not kneel next to your brothers? Otherwise how are you not complicit? I think it would be cool if @maroon5 backed out of super bowl like @badgalriri Did. I personally told my reps I wouldn’t do a Super Bowl commercial this year. I know it must sound like a privilege ass sacrifice but it’s all i got. Hitting the nfl with the advertisers is the only way to really hurt them. I know opposing the nfl is like opposing the nra. Very tough, but don’t you want to be proud of how you’re living? Stand up for your brothers and sisters of color. And the hottest thing a guy can do is get down on one knee. Not to propose but to reject the treatment of his teammates by this country. Anyone who says its disrespectful to our military please read up on the fact that a lot of veterans are proud of what @kaepernick7 is doing and fully support him. What are your thoughts?

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The I Feel Pretty star began her lengthy social media statement by pondering “why more white players aren’t kneeling.”

“Once you witness the truly deep inequality and endless racism people of color face in our country, not to mention the police brutality and murders. Why not kneel next to your brothers? Otherwise, how are you not complicit?” the 37-year-old actress wrote.

Schumer tagged Kaepernick in her Instagram post, telling “anyone who says” kneeling is “disrespectful to our military” should “read up” on all the veteran support the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback has received.

JAY-Z 

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JAY-Z declined an invitation to perform at the NFL’s championship game.

“You need me, I don’t need you” he says in the new song with Beyonce, “Apesh*t” (featuring Quavo and Offset).

One of the key lyrics is when Jay says, “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.”

Seems to imply Jay rejected the NFL over the handling of the Colin Kaepernick kneeling situation – a situation Jay has publicly criticized the league for in the past.

Jay-Z also called Kaepernick an “iconic figure” in an interview with CNN this year.

Adele

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Adele also turned down the 2017 halftime gig.

“First of all, I’m not doing the Super Bowl,” Adele said from the stage. “I mean, come on, that show is not about music. And I don’t really — I can’t dance or anything like that. They were very kind, they did ask me, but I did say no.”

“I’m sorry, but maybe next time,” she said.


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