Jay-Z Claims His Family Wasn't Protesting By Sitting Through National Anthem

Tom Gantert

Jay-Z said his family wasn't protesting the National Anthem when they stayed seated during it at the Super Bowl.

Miami, FL – Rapper Jay-Z disputed reports that he and his wife Beyoncé were making a political statement when they stayed seated during the playing of the National Anthem during the Super Bowl (video below).

Video surfaced of the music power couple and their eight-year-old daughter, Blue Ivy, sitting down in their seats at the game as they watched Demi Lovato sing the National Anthem.

But on Tuesday, the rapper who co-produced the halftime show said their sitting wasn’t a political statement, according to NBC

“It wasn’t. Sorry,” Jay-Z said. “It really wasn’t.”

Jay-Z’s production company, Roc Nation, partnered with the National Football League (NFL) to create the halftime show for Super Bowl LIV, according to NBC.

Jay-Z explained that he and Beyoncé were in “artist mode” while watching Yolanda Adams sing “America the Beautiful” and Demi Lovato sing “The Star Spangled Banner.”

Jay-Z said they just wanted to make sure everything went smoothly, NBC reported.

“I’m looking at the show,” he explained. “‘Did the mic start? Was it too low to start?’”

"The whole time we're sitting there, we're talking about the performance,” Jay-Z continued. ‘Then right after that, Demi comes out, and we're talking about how beautiful she looks and how she sounds and what she's gone through in her life for her to be on the stage. We're so proud of her."

The rap mogul said that if he and Beyoncé were going to protest, they would not have included their daughter in it, NBC reported.

He also pointed out that the halftime show itself was one big political protest.

"I didn't have to make a silent protest,” Jay-Z said. “If you look at the stage, the artists that we chose, Colombian Shakira, Puerto Rican J-Lo. We were making the biggest loudest protest of all."

There was criticism when Roc Nation partnered with the NFL in August because Jay-Z has supported Colin Kaepernick, who started anti-police protests by kneeling during the National Anthem in 2016.

Kaepernick has not been signed by any NFL team since he left the San Francisco 49ers after that season.

Watch video of Jay-Z and Beyoncé at the game here below:

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themdgt
themdgt

I call "BS"

flybynight
flybynight

Hyper NWA

HonorYourHeroes
HonorYourHeroes

Another traitor.

Janken
Janken

Getting flack from people. This guy is a rich moron that thinks he does no wrong

BunnyBerigan
BunnyBerigan

Oh look, a former crack-dealer & his skank. But Bathhouse Barry loves them. Go figure.

Ferret guy
Ferret guy

I'm sick of these racist piece of shits

Heezels
Heezels

You know... I believe him. He’s a successful business man and he was in charge of getting talent for the show.

Not the best optics, but I understand being stuck in work mode.

Hi_estCommieDenom
Hi_estCommieDenom

Did he say he and his family were in 'artist' mode... or 'asshole' mode?

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

You can take them out of the ghetto...

LEO0301
LEO0301

What in the heck are you protesting? Him and his lovely bride are worth close to a billion dollars. JLo and Shakira have lots of money as well. If America discriminated against minorities these people would be bagging groceries instead of doing a poll dance on stage pretending you're singing.

flybynight
flybynight

His leg was asleep and he couldn't stand at that moment. 🙄

2jazzyj
2jazzyj

At least take your hat off your nappy head!

Marxest
Marxest

Geez! Why is everybody so obsessed with the godforsaken 'Nationalist' Anthem? That anthem is trash written by a racist white supremacists. That song should have died with Francis Scott Key. Who cares if Jay-Z and his lively talented wife and daughter didn't stand up? I didn't stand up. I stopped standing for the anthem many many years ago. It's a free country. Your free to own a business, free to engage in ethnocentrism and racism, free to protest, free to do anything within the law. With all the criticizing, Jay-Z and his wife should never stand for the nationalist anthem ever again.

Jones24
Jones24

Should have stood. They are not teaching their kids respect. Very disappointed.

Five-0
Five-0

He is protected by the new federal law
CULTURE IMMUNITY!!
coming soon to a city near you

Dutchuncle
Dutchuncle

The hell if he wasn't. Remember, he and his Partner in CRIME visited and promoted visits to CUBA. And Disrespected our President as well.

Bellacat
Bellacat

Even if they were just discussing the artists it’s still in poor taste it to stand and then to do so quietly. No excuse for talking through our National Anthem.

Stanracer
Stanracer

Ahhh......sure, Jay-z.🤔

colonelorville
colonelorville

Worst excuse I've ever read. Enough said.

FSchloss
FSchloss

So, he wasn't making some sort of political statement. He did let the entire country know that he and his cow are ill-mannered, ill-bred, teaching their rugrats bad habits, lazy, stupid, and self-important. In other words, they should stay home and play with themselves.

Wish505
Wish505

This is total BS. There is no excuse to not stand. I have seen veterans not able to walk and confined to wheelchairs struggle to stand and do it. Some assisted and some not but they pay respect and stand. Total BS.

Hawk3699
Hawk3699

NO excuses!!! Everyone else stands and you don't? Nope, doesn't fly. Excuses are like assholes- everyone has one. Shame on the NFL for hiring them.

Ibcynthy
Ibcynthy

Covering their arses because of the blow back. People, finally, are calling the idiots out for their disrespect to our flag and anthem. Jay Z and his wife thought they’d get support and righteous attention; but the tide has turned and the true Americans are speaking up and putting the idiots in their places.

61mouse
61mouse

So he must have thought when he looked around that they were standing for him ?

widbill45acp
widbill45acp

Artist Mode, Yeah!


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