Beyonce and Jay-Z hit headlines on Sunday as they made the choice to remain seated whereas Demi Lovato carried out the Nationwide Anthem on the Tremendous Bowl.
As Demi belted out The Star-Spangled Banner forward of the sport at Miami’s Arduous Rock Stadium, the celebrity couple and their eight-year-old daughter Blue had been photographed sitting firmly of their seats, whereas these round them stood.
Whereas the pair have but to touch upon the transfer, it seems it might have been a press release echoing the protests of star athletes akin to Colin Kaepernick, who famously “took a knee” in the course of the anthem as a protest towards police brutality.
Nevertheless, Beyonce and JAY-Z’s resolution was additionally deemed hypocritical by some on social media, after the rapper’s Roc Nation firm not too long ago teamed up with the Nationwide Soccer League (NFL) to supervise social justice packages and occasions, such because the Halftime Present.
The video of the pair sitting in the course of the anthem sparked a livid row amongst Twitter customers, with one tweeting: “Not solely ought to Beyonce and Jay Z be ashamed for sitting throughout our Nationwide Anthem BUT they need to be extra ashamed that they’ve raised their little one to additionally sit and disrespect our nation. We stand for the women and men who put their lives on the road on a regular basis for US. Disgusting.”
“Jay Z and his spouse has reaped the rewards of this nation, taken all they will and right here they’re, sitting in the course of the anthem,” one other wrote.
However others argued the pair had been totally inside their rights to remain seated in the event that they needed to, with one hitting again: “Beyonce and Jay-Z aren’t the one individuals sitting down. However since they’re African American it’s an issue..?”
“The identical individuals which can be mad that Beyonce was sitting in the course of the nationwide anthem are the identical ones that had been sitting down on their couches when the nationwide anthem was sung like please direct your anger in direction of one thing that issues,” one other argued.