By Annalece Montgomery
There have been countless people saying they want to boycott the NFL – whether it’s for the treatment of Colin Kaepernick or their lack of enforcement of a National Anthem policy –add two more A-listers to that list: Amy Schumer and Rihanna.
In a post on her Instagram last Friday, Schumer wrote “I personally told my reps I wouldn’t do a Super Bowl commercial this year. I know it must sound like a privilege ass sacrifice but it’s all I got.” She goes on to say that by not kneeling and giving in to the NFL, athletes and other performers are becoming complicit to the inequality and racism prevalent in our country. Schumer last appeared in a Super Bowl ad with Seth Rogen in 2016.
Last month, it was announced that Maroon 5 would be headlining the Super Bowl LII Halftime Show, which garnered A LOT of mixed reactions. However, it was recently reported that the spot was offered up to them after Rihanna turned down the opportunity. Per Rolling Stone, she said no “because of the kneeling controversy. She doesn’t agree with the NFL’s stance.” There have been additional reports that following Rihanna turning the NFL down, P!nk did the same thing.
Bringing it back full circle, in the same Instagram post Amy Schumer challenged Maroon 5 to turn down the offer as well. This is normally the part where we would guess at how the fans would handle the situation, but in this situation, we want to hear from you! How do you feel about artists and actors turning down involvement in Super Bowl LII? Do you think they’re overreacting, or do you appreciate them for sticking up for what they believe in? Let us know!