With the Super Bowl being held in Atlanta this year, there was a lot of speculation as to who the NFL would pick to perform during the halftime show. Would it be any of Atlanta’s homegrown musical acts like Migos, T.I., or Ludacris to name a few? Of course not! After all, that would make too much sense. Instead, the NFL chose Maroon 5 to headline this year’s Super Bowl halftime show. And yes, plenty of people are upset with that decision.
An online petition has appeared online in hopes of making Maroon 5 drop out in favor of another artist more fitting. A petition on Change.org already has more than 40,000 signatures since Thursday afternoon. But more than that, it also has the support of Colin Kaepernick. Now, why is that so important? Well…
“Colin Kaepernick has sacrificed his NFL career to call out violent racism in America, and players across the country have followed his lead,” the petition states. “Rihanna, Jay-Z, Amy Schumer, and others have refused to work with the NFL. Maroon 5: Americans look to artists and celebrities as leaders, and you have the opportunity to use your influence to take a stand.”
In September, Variety reported that Maroon 5 “pretty much accepted” the gig for this year’s Super Bowl in Atlanta. The NFL was also thinking of Rihanna, but she turned down the offer to support Kaepernick instead.
Don’t get your hopes up, Atlanta. The Super Bowl is coming. And yes, Maroon 5 is more than likely to play during the halftime show. We’ll see if that changes anytime soon, but we’re not banking on it.