Super Bowl – Al Sharpton Slams Travis Scott
The Reverend Al Sharpton has criticized Travis Scott for his still-unconfirmed decision to perform with Maroon 5 at the Super Bowl in February. Travis Scott is shown here attending the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on August 20, 2018 in New York City – Photo: Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images North America.
Along with Meek Mill — and, sources tell Variety, Jay-Z — the Reverend Al Sharpton has criticized Travis Scott for his still-unconfirmed decision to perform with Maroon 5 at the Super Bowl in February, saying that such a performance is effectively an endorsement of the NFL’s treatment of former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. The league’s stance toward the athlete, who has not played professionally since his controversial stance to “take a knee” during the National Anthem before games, has polarized audiences and significantly complicated this year’s halftime performance, among many other issues according to a report by Jem Aswad of the well known entertainment industry news magazine Variety.
In an interview with TMZ posted early Saturday, Al Sharpton said, “I think anyone that goes into the halftime show is in effect directly violating those that want to raise the question that the NFL should come to terms with what they have done and continue to do to Colin Kaepernick and those that protest on criminal justice issues.
“You can’t tell people to stand for those that take a knee and don’t go to the games and then say ‘but somebody ought to perform there and entertain,’” Al Sharpton continued. “You’re drawing TV viewers, you’re bringing supporters, and I think that you can’t have it both ways. You can’t help people market something and then turn around and say you agree with the people protesting.”
While no artists have officially stated they are declining to perform at the Super Bowl because of the Kaepernick situation — although Rihanna and Cardi B have implied as much — sources say that Maroon 5 have struggled to find performers to accompany them during the halftime show. While the group’s performance has not been officially announced or confirmed since word leaked out about it late in September, they have not denied it, either. The performer is usually confirmed much earlier in the season — this year’s halftime star, Justin Timberlake, was announced last October — and it seems likely that the announcement could come tomorrow (Dec. 23), the final game day before the holiday.
Al Sharpton concluded, “I think he should do what a lot of other major artists have done: say ‘I’m not going to participate.’ You can’t fight against Jim Crow and then go sit in the back of the bus.”
Look for more on this situation in Variety as it develops.