General consensus was that Demi Lovato scored a huge win with her singing of the national anthem at the Super Bowl. But apparently her performance didn’t bring everyone to their feet.
TMZ posted video Sunday of Beyoncé, Jay-Z and daughter Blue Ivy sitting during “The Star-Spangled Banner” at Hard Rock Stadium, where the San Francisco 49ers were playing the Kansas City Chiefs.
During the Super Bowl video, Lovato was well into the “rockets’ red glare” portion of the song, so it’s not as if the family were just slow to stand.
The rapper received immediate backlash since he had been a big supporter of Colin Kaepernick, who sparked a fissure in the league when he decided to kneel when the national anthem was played before games to protest the killing of unarmed African-Americans by police and other social inequalities.
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Jay-Z’s response was that he still supports protesting and Kaepernick, but he’s also interested in working with the league to make substantial changes. Critics charged he was capitalizing on Kaepernick’s protest for profit.
USA TODAY reached out to representatives for Jay-Z and Beyoncé for comment.
Contributing: Associated Press