UPDATE, SEPTEMBER 21, 10:24 AM: In a statement obtained by BBC News, “no decision” has been made over Jay’s performance.
“No decisions have been made on the performer(s) and we are not going to speculate on particular artists,” the NFL’s statement reads. “Along with Pepsi, we know that we will put on a spectacular show. When it is time to announce her name we will do it. Or his name. Or their names.”
There are moments in life when you have to ask yourself if you’re going to risk your integrity for your career. But if you ask Marcy’s son, there’s no such thing.
Jay-Z reportedly declined an invitation to perform during the 2018 Super Bowl halftime show. The potential reason why? The #NFLBoycott. While he hasn’t released an official statement, there is already widespread support for the decision on Twitter.
During his performance at The Meadows Festival this past weekend, Hov dedicated a song to Kaepernick in solidarity with the former NFL player.
“I want to dedicate this song to Colin Kaepernick tonight,” Jay said between verses. “I want to dedicate this song to anyone who was held back.”
If it’s true that Jay did decline this incredible opportunity, we’re definitely dapping him up for sticking to his morals. Claiming this spot in primetime is typically the chance of a lifetime for an artist, but the chance to take a stance for Black lives is timeless.