The NFL struggled to find a Super Bowl LIII halftime show performer for the big game coming up in February due to numerous artists turning down the gig.
Those artists, including huge names like Jay-Z and Rihanna said no in protest of the NFL’s handling of the Colin Kaepernick situation, with the former Super Bowl quarterback still unsigned for what many believe had to do with his protests against police brutality and racial injustice.
If Jay Z has any say, Travis Scott will not play. https://t.co/jkctvTAZam
— NY Daily News Sports (@NYDNSports) December 20, 2018
Despite the NFL not being able to get who they had on the top of their list, the league decided to sign on Maroon 5 for the Feb. 3rd performance at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. and then later added rapper Travis Scott, who is now receiving outrage in the black community for accepting arguably one of the most prestigious gigs in the music industry.
Two sources have said Jay-Z is trying to convince the “Sicko Mode” rapper to back out of his argument to show support for Kaepernick himself.
Other big names like fellow rapper Meek Mill, actor Michael B. Jordan and Al Sharpton have shown public displeasure for Scott accepting, saying the move in “hypocrisy.”
Not only Scott has received pressure to with draw, as Maroon 5 has been cited in a Change.org petition urging the band to show its support for Kaepernick themselves. Hundreds of thousands have signed.