Now renamed “Tell the Artists to #Take A Knee,” the petition states, “There’s one way they can still redeem their reputation with their fans. Maroon 5, Travis Scott and Big Boi: take a knee during your set.”
It continues, “Show the hundreds of millions of people watching that you stand in solidarity with [Colin] Kaepernick and all players who protest police brutality. Use this opportunity to force the NFL to change their policy.”
Kaepernick, who was previously a quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, spearheaded the current movement of players protesting racial injustice in the U.S. by kneeling during the national anthem before football games. Kaepernick filed a grievance against the NFL in October of 2018, alleging that NFL team owners colluded to keep him out of the league because of his protests.
While urging people to sign, the organizers are taking credit for Maroon 5 allegedly having trouble convincing any other artists to perform at the Super Bowl with them, and for Travis Scott demanding that the NFL match a $500,000 donation to a social justice organization before he’d agree to play.
“The halftime show is forever changed, thanks to the conversation we helped create,” reads the petition.
In other Maroon 5 news, the band performed Monday night at the inauguration of Illinois Governor J.B Pritzker, though none of the band’s seven members actually hail from that state.
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