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