- Change.org is circulating a petition asking Maroon 5 to cancel as Super Bowl 53 halftime act in support of Colin Kaepernick
- Already the petition has more than 25,000 signatures
- MyBookie is offering a prop bet on whether Maroon 5 will still perform at the big game
Maroon 5 is facing public pressure to boycott the Super Bowl 53 halftime show.
The band was announced as the feature performer on Feb. 3 at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium by the NFL in September.
A petition being circulated by Change.org is asking Maroon 5 to back out of the coveted gig in support of former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who began kneeling during the National Anthem at games to protest racism and police brutality against African-Americans.
Here's a chance to stand up, white dudes. Please sign. xo!
— Neko Case (@NekoCase) November 8, 2018
“Kaepernick risked his career to take a knee for equality, and the NFL punished him for it,” the petition notes. “Until the league changes their policy and support players’ constitutional right to protest, no artists should agree to work with the NFL.”
Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine in the past has appeared in a video supporting the Black Lives Matter movement.
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Will Maroon 5 Leave The NFL Marooned?
Well, that didn’t take long. Already, MyBookie is out with a prop bet on whether Maroon 5 will opt to drop out of their Super Bowl performance.
But just earlier this year, Levine noted that the group had been actively pursuing a Super Bowl gig. Would they dare give it up?
The Pressure Mounts
There was immediate controversy when Maroon 5 was announced as the Super Bowl 53 halftime act.
Atlanta, home of Outkast, T.I., Future, Ludacris, Usher, etc., gets Maroon 5 to play the damn Super Bowl. pic.twitter.com/KHpGNRsJGX
— Jake Reuse (@ReuseRecruiting) September 19, 2018
As was the case in Detroit at Super Bowl 40, when the Rolling Stones were selected in the heart of Motown, Atlantans wondered why prominent local acts such as Ludacris, Usher, and the Black Crowes were snubbed.
More recently, there have been published reports suggesting that both Rihanna and Jay Z turned down Super Bowl 53 gigs offered by the NFL.
And comedian Amy Schumer has publicly called on Maroon 5 to bow out of their Super Bowl appearance.
Will They Just Say No?
You’ve got to be kidding, right? It’s the Super Bowl, dude, the most-watched sporting event in North America. Pulling out of that gig would be career suicide.
Maroon 5 will absolutely be playing the Super Bowl 53 halftime show.
You can bet on it.