Jennifer Lopez’s and Shakira’s Super Bowl halftime performance wasn’t the only thing that got fans and Super Bowl party bandwagoners going this past weekend. While there was plenty of Monday morning quarterbacking about what is and isn’t appropriate halftime entertainment (for the record: A shirtless, bare-nippled Adam Levine—appropriate. J-Lo gyrating her caboose in spandex—inappropriate… according to some), it’s what happened before the first snap of the game that had some keyboard patriots clutching their made-in-China commemorative bald eagle silver dollars.
To the dismay of many dyed in the wool defenders of American symbolisms, but not American ideals, Jay-Z and Beyoncè couldn’t be bothered to stand as Demi Lovato belted out her rendition of National Anthem. For shame!
You can’t really see in the picture, but other people around Jay and Bey (presumably unaffiliated) also didn’t stand, but let’s focus on Jay though.
Some are saying Jay was giving a node to Colin Kaepernick and his kneeling protest against police brutality. Giving those like race pariah, Tomi Lahren, an opening to shpeel her brand of fake patriotic toxin, ”Beyoncè & Jay-Z (former crack dealer as shelves to point out about Hov) sit for the national anthem because apparently the United States of America has oppressed them with millions upon millions of dollars & fans. Sounds rough. Maybe they should try another country that allows them a little more freedom & success? You hate police, Donald Trump, and the spirit of this nation so much you can’t pick your privileged asses off the chair for 2 mins to pay some respect? Despicable.”
Lahren wasn’t alone, as Wendy Williams jumped right out the window with her, “I don’t know about you, and our country may be in a bad way, but there’s no place I’d rather live than in America… And Beyonce, I love my Ivy Park, [but] you understand that all eyes were on you, you should have stood up.”
Anyway, while Jay-Z and Beyoncè were obviously disrespecting the flag by doing nothing, y’all’s president was busy being a clown as the anthem played.
Written with contributions from Tiffany Simmons.