Ava DuVernay joins many others in a boycott of the Super Bowl today; the move is being made in support of former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
In a Sunday morning tweet: “I will not be a spectator, viewer or supporter of the #SuperBowl today in protest of the @NFL’s racist treatment of @Kaepernick7 and its ongoing disregard for the health + well-being of all its players. To watch the game is to compromise my beliefs. It’s not worth it.” #ImWithKap.
I will not be a spectator, viewer or supporter of the #SuperBowl today in protest of the @NFL’s racist treatment of @Kaepernick7 and its ongoing disregard for the health + well-being of all its players. To watch the game is to compromise my beliefs. It’s not worth it. #ImWithKap pic.twitter.com/fNEeke0crs
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) February 3, 2019
The Selma director is not alone. Before Maroon 5 signed on to do the game’s halftime performance, other stars such as Cardi B, Rihanna and Pink reportedly turned it down in support of Kaepernick, whose decision to kneel during the national anthem at football games to raise awareness for police brutality and racial inequality, among other issues, sparked protests and debate.
Legendary singer Gladys Knight also faced backlash over her decision to sing the National Anthem at today’s game.
What about you? Yay or nay to the Super Bowl?
Others boycotting the Super Bowl #ImWithKap:
We will not be supporting the #SuperBowl due to the NFL's racist treatment of Colin Kaepernick.
— The Root (@TheRoot) February 3, 2019
And, for yet another reason, many New Orleans Saints fans will have joined #BoycottTheBowl in protest of the ‘no call’ violation during the playoff game with the Patriots.
We have a packed #BoycottBowl here on the Podcast! We will be airing our new podcast at the start of the Super Bowl and then we will have a film study after! We can't wait to give more content throughout the Offseason! #WhoDat #Saints
— The Who Dat Discussion Podcast (@TheWhoDatDis) February 3, 2019