Cardi B Says She Turned Down Tremendous Bowl Gig To ‘Stand Behind’ Colin Kaepernick

ATLANTA (AP) — Cardi B mentioned she acquired a proposal to carry out on the Tremendous Bowl, however struggled with the choice to show down the profitable alternative in help of ex-NFL participant Colin Kaepernick.

The Grammy-nominated rapper informed The Related Press on Friday night that she had “blended emotions” after she declined to take the stage at Tremendous Bowl 53 in Atlanta. She mentioned it was a tough choice since her husband, rapper Offset, loves to look at soccer, however she felt obligated to “stand behind” Kaepernick as a result of he “stood up” for minorities.

“My husband, he loves soccer. His children play soccer. It’s actually arduous for him. … He actually needs to go to the Tremendous Bowl, however he can’t go to the Tremendous Bowl, as a result of he’s received to face for one thing,” mentioned Cardi B, who’s nominated for 5 Grammys. She is competing for each album and report of the 12 months.

“It’s important to sacrifice that,” she added. “I received to sacrifice some huge cash to carry out. However there’s a person who sacrificed his job for us, so we received to face behind him.”

Cardi B says she turned down the chance to performance at the Super Bowl in order to support Colin Kaepernick.

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Cardi B says she turned down the possibility to efficiency on the Tremendous Bowl so as to help Colin Kaepernick.

Kaepernick helped begin a wave of protests by kneeling in the course of the nationwide anthem to lift consciousness to police brutality, racial inequality and different social points. His efforts ignited a political firestorm over whether or not social justice must be addressed on the NFL’s marquee occasion.

Maroon 5 might be joined by Large Boi of Outkast and rapper Travis Scott at halftime of the sport between the Los Angeles Rams and New England Patriots on Sunday. Gladys Knight will sing the nationwide anthem.

Some, together with Rihanna and Pink, have reportedly turned down presents to carry out throughout this 12 months’s halftime. In a current music, Jay-Z alluded to declining to carry out on the Tremendous Bowl, and Amy Schumer refused to look in a TV advert in the course of the recreation.

Final 12 months, Cardi B mentioned she wouldn’t take the Tremendous Bowl stage till Kaepernick will get a job. With Kaepernick nonetheless with no workforce, she is standing by her phrases, however will carry out at a downtown live performance Saturday. She is internet hosting a celebration this week and also will seem in a Tremendous Bowl business.

Former NFL football quarterback Colin Kaepernick is seated on stage during W.E.B. Du Bois Medal ceremonie at Harvard Universi

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Former NFL soccer quarterback Colin Kaepernick is seated on stage throughout W.E.B. Du Bois Medal ceremonie at Harvard College in October. 

Cardi B heard the criticism towards her and different music artists for collaborating in Tremendous Bowl-related occasions. However she believes she will carry out at these occasions outdoors the championship recreation with out instantly supporting the NFL.

“I hear folks saying like ‘Oh, y’all are saying all these things in regards to the Tremendous Bowl, however you’re doing all these events,’” she mentioned. “And it’s like, effectively, if the NFL may gain advantage off from us, then I’m going to profit off y’all. Y’all take advantage of cash off our folks. Why am I not going to benefit from y’all and take cash from y’all too? Due to y’all, we’re getting these events. OK, thanks.”

Cardi B hopes the protests supporting Kaepernick can create constructive change on this planet, however she’s undecided if that may occur anytime quickly.

“We received an smug president, and the racism proper now has been reborn,” she mentioned. “They really feel mighty courageous these days. When Obama was round, I simply really feel like they have been praying on the day when his eight years was over. A variety of jealousy.”

Cardi B added: “After they see (how) the alternatives they made attributable to racism has affected the nation, that’s when issues are going to start out altering. Proper now, they don’t need to settle for that their choice has affected the nation.”

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