The act caused a stir on social media and among attendees. This is the story behind.

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Every year the superbowl— the final game of the National Football League (NFL) — has a halftime show. This show was performed by the most important singers in the world. Michael Jackson, Madonna, Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars, Beyoncé, Katy Perry, Coldplay, Maroon 5, The Weeknd and Colombian Shakira with JLo are among the list.

(See: Super Bowl 2022: This is how the amazing halftime show was)

This year, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, 50 Cent, Mary J. Blige and Kendrick Lamar sang in the middle of the game between Cincinnati Bengals and Los Angeles Rams. A tribute to hip hop, its history and its culture in this country, was the axis of the presentation which was full of symbols.

Something that has not gone unnoticed is the moment when Eminem knelt down just as he finished singing his hit “Lose Yourself.” At that moment, Dr. Dre, who was in a kind of giant console, changed places and went to play the piano. Meanwhile, the rapper from St. Joseph (Missouri, USA) put his left knee on the ground, lowered his head and touched it with his right hand.

(Video: The moment Eminem kneels at the Super Bowl)

On social networks, Internet users commented on the event and called it a political act. The reason? It would be a questioning of a warning that the organization of the Super Bowl would have given him. US media reported that the NFL knew about the act because they had seen it at a previous rehearsal. Some portals indicate that the organization forbade the singer from doing so, although there was no official statement about it.

This movement would allude to the protest launched by the American footballer Colin Kaepernickwhen in 2016, during the NFL pre-season, he knelt while the US national anthem played in protest for his country to guarantee and defend the human rights of black people and eliminate police brutality.
(Read: The knee to the ground is sport’s fighting foot against racism!)

The act It caused a sensation on social networks and among the participants.  This is the story behind.

In interviews at the time, he explained: “I’m not going to stand up and show pride in a flag, for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. For me, it’s bigger than football and it would be selfish of me to turn the other way. There are corpses in the streets and people who are paid and who get by. »

(On file: NFL player refuses to sing American anthem because of racism)

The gesture has since become a political act and claim in the social movements of millions of people in this country, as when the protests were registered after the murder of George Floyd. The sign, in fact, has been used by activists around the world. Last year, we saw it more frequently with the Black Lives Matter movement.

Former President Barack Obama showed his support for free speech and defended the gesture at the time. However, with the change of government, his career was marked. In 2017, Donald Trump said: “I saw the Colin Kaepernick thing, and I thought it was terrible, and then it got bigger and bigger and started multiplying, and frankly, the NFL should have suspended him for one game; with that, I would never have done it again. But Kaepernick continued to protest.

Then there were Trump tweets of this level: “It’s time for (NFL Chief Commissioner) Roger Goodell to demand that all players respect our great national anthem.”

Kaepernick’s career was banned without justification. Since January 2017, he stopped playing for the San Francisco 49ers and never set foot on a playing field like he used to. When he became a free agent at the end of that season, he was not signed by others, which was understood as an implicit rejection and blocking by the organization.

The man has become an activist and a reference in this country. Roger Goodell, years later and after the strong social protest over Floyd’s murder, admitted he was wrong and told the teams to open up an opportunity for Kaepernick to play again.

However, so far, the player was unable to return to the sport’s top flight. Human rights organizations supported his cause. Even Netflix offered to tell his story.

The Eminem affair on the night of the 2022 Super Bowl is an act that vindicates Kaepernick’s story and intent six years ago. It’s a message that has spread around the world and has become relevant during the pandemic. What was seen in the show was a story of exhibitors who told through their words a complex reality that has become a landscape in many parts of the world. Every hip hop song has stories behind it, many of them about discrimination and racism. The act of the rapper – kneeling – is not only a viral gesture, it is a call to humanity not to forget that there are still societies that do not accept difference.

DAVID ALEJANDRO LOPEZ BERMUDEZ
THE WEATHER
In the networks: @lopez03david




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