Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters is taking a stance on the controversial national anthem kneeling while calling on fellow musicians in Maroon 5 to take a knee during the anthem at the upcoming Super Bowl.
It was hard for the National Football League (NFL) to find talent to headline its Super Bowl halftime show, however, since Maroon 5 decided to perform, they’ve received push back.
The NFL controversy comes after former 49ers player Colin Kaepernick took a knee during the national anthem in the 2016 season to protest racial inequality and police brutality — which has since continued into the seasons following.
As IJR Red reported, Maroon 5’s keyboardist PJ Morton defended the group’s decision to play during the Super Bowl, saying:
“I think there are plenty of people — a lot of the players, to be honest — who support Kap and also do their job for the NFL. I think we’re doing the same thing. We can support being against police brutality against black and brown people and be in support of being able to peacefully protest and still do our jobs. We just want to have a good time and entertain people while understanding the important issues that are at hand.”
However, Pink Floyd’s co-founder, Waters, petitioned for Maroon 5 to kneel during the anthem while standing “in solidarity” with “American hero” Kaepernick.
In Water’s Facebook post, he posted a video of the group kneeling at the end of one of their concerts in 2017 to show they are “in solidarity” with Kaepernick’s “protest against the endemic racism and often deadly force meted out by police departments across this land.”
“It was the third Sunday of Colin Kaepernick’s lock out by the NFL. The message was clear, ‘Shut your mouth, boy!'” he wrote. “Next Sunday will be the 36th Sunday he has been locked out of your national game. This is not a victory for the NFL, it is a defeat, you have denied football fans everywhere the pleasure and the honor of watching one of the greatest quarterbacks who ever played the game, and you have shown your true colors.”
“You can sit in your boardrooms and huff and puff on your cigars in your glass boxes, but your action is a poke in the eye for everything that is decent in America. Colin Kaepernick is an American hero. If the USA is to have a future, it is the Colin Kaepernicks of this world who will lead you there, in fact, it is Colin Kaepernick who is leading you now.”
He continued to plead to each band performing to take a knee:
“I call upon them to ‘take a knee’ on stage in full sight. I call upon them to do it in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick, to do it for every child shot to death on these mean streets, to do it for every bereaved mother and father and brother and sister.”
Waters concluded by saying the musicians are “faced with a choice,” and kneeling is “the right thing to do and because somewhere inside you know [sic] in.”
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Additionally, Maroon 5, as well as Interscope Records and the NFL, are donating $500,000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of America ahead of the Super Bowl.