Cardi B explains that she didn’t perform at the Super Bowl in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick

  • Cardi B didn’t perform at the 2019 Super Bowl halftime show because of the NFL’s treatment of Colin Kaepernick.
  • The rapper appeared on ABC’s “Good Morning America” Monday and explained her decision.
  • She said she had to support her friend because “he’s standing up for minorities.”

Cardi B turned down performing at the 2019 Super Bowl halftime show because of the National Football League’s treatment towards Colin Kaepernick.

The 26-year-old rapper appeared on ABC’s “Good Morning America” Monday and said that the only way she would have performed was if her “friend” Colin Kaepernick was hired back.

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“He’s standing up for minorities,” Cardi B said. “And it’s like if we don’t support who is standing up for us who’s going to support us? They need to understand why he stand for us.”

Kaepernick, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback, is an activist who protests racial injustice and police brutality. He was the first football player to take a knee during the National Anthem, sparking a national movement.

Maroon 5 performed at the show on Sunday and were joined by Travis Scott and OutKast member Big Boi.

Cardi B, who’s featured on the second version of Maroon 5’s song “Girls Like You,” told the Associated Press that she had to support her friend.

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“I got to sacrifice a lot of money to perform, but there’s a man who sacrificed his job for us, so we got to stand behind him,” she said.

Some celebrities, including director Ava DuVernay and Janelle Monáe, boycotted the Super Bowl. Rihanna reportedly turned down a spot at the Super Bowl because of Kaepernick’s treatment, and Jay Z reportedly tried to dissuade Travis Scott from performing.


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