People Are Slamming Beyoncé and Jay-Z for Remaining Seated During the National Anthem at the Super Bowl 2020
While attending the biggest sporting event of the year, the couple, along with their daughter, Blue Ivy, were spotted sitting down during a performance of the national anthem.
While they weren’t the only ones who remained seated during the performance, Twitter had a lot to say about the musicians’ actions, with some calling them out for being “disrespectful.”
The internet’s divided over the couple remaining in their seats
Beyoncé and Jay-Z are currently facing some intense backlash on social media for failing to stand during the national anthem at this year’s Super Bowl.
Ahead of the big game, which aired on Feb. 2, singer Demi Lovato took to the Hard Rock Stadium field in Miami Gardens, Florida to deliver an incredible performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
While many stood to their feet as Lovato belted out beautifully executed notes, some remained in their seats, including the Queen Bey and Hova.
Of course, this didn’t sit well with a few people and they quickly took to Twitter to slam the couple for “disrespecting” this country.
“Beyonce & Jay-Z remain seated during National Anthem…That disrespect aside – she has sung the national anthem & performed 2 halftime shows, yet she couldn’t find it in her to support Lovato who suffered through many struggles? SMH,” one person tweeted.
“Hey Beyoncé and Jay-Z…The only ones who have a right to sit during this moment are the men an women of our armed forces sitting in a foxhole while guarding the perimeter. Grow up and respect the flag,” someone else wrote.
Others were quick to defend the couple’s decision to remain seated and felt as though critics were just making a big deal out of nothing.
“Finds it funny that Beyonce and Jay-Z are getting criticized for sitting; yet, in the picture there are so many others sitting as well,” someone penned.
“Most people didn’t even realize Beyonce and Jay-Z sat during the anthem until conservative talking heads started losing their sh*t over it,” another person wrote.
Some think Beyoncé and Jay-Z were being hypocritical by sitting
Although they weren’t the only ones who remained seated, some people thought Beyoncé and Jay-Z were just continuing the work of Colin Kaepernick, who famously took a knee during the national anthem in 2016 as a peaceful protest against police brutality.
While this could’ve been the case, others didn’t see it that way and thought this political statement was a hypocritical move, especially since Jay-Z recently partnered with the NFL to collaborate on entertainment events through his company, Roc Nation.
“Beyoncé And Jay-Z sitting during the national anthem at the Super Bowl is not solidarity with Kaepernick, solidarity would have been not going in the first place,” a Twitter user wrote.
Whether or not this was a political statement, the couple’s decision to remain seated during the national anthem definitely got people talking.
Beyoncé and Jay-Z have yet to comment on this situation.