Sports fan or not, the Super Bowl Halftime Show is an annual tradition in American football culture that not only keeps the big game exciting overall but can also have a cultural impact that’s talked about for generations to come.
Last night’s performance featuring hip-hop icons Dr. Dre, Kendrick Lamar, a surprise guest spot by 50 Cent, Mary J. Blige, Snoop Dogg and Eminem definitely proved to be one for the books. However, it’s what the latter emcee did during his set to show support for the Black Lives Matter movement that has already made for an everlasting impression.
Take a look below to remind yourself of the magic that occurred last night at the SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California:
While wrapping up the performance of his Oscar-winning Billboard number one hit “Lose Yourself,” Em took his once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take a knee in the vain of Colin Kaepernick. Since going viral during a 2016 preseason game by kneeling during the National Anthem, Kaepernick has become a prominent figure in the fight against racial injustice in America that’s since cost him a career in the NFL and just as much criticism as he gets in support.
Eminem, a white rapper in a genre of music notoriously occupied and created by Black people, proved that he understood his privilege and in a way surrendered it to show that the sacrifices Kap made six years ago haven’t been in vain.
Just like the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback, Eminem also has been getting backlash from conservatives who are threatening to stop supporting his music. However, also like Kap, the 8 Mile lyricist has gain a massive amount of support from those that applauded his decision after it was rumored that he was told by the NFL not to do it in the first place. That claim however was debunked by league spokesman Brian McCarthy, who recently stated, “We watched all elements of the show during multiple rehearsals this week and were aware that Eminem was going to do that.”
Take a look below to see the many people who showed support for Eminem’s Super Bowl Halftime Show act of solidarity by taking a knee in protest of an ongoing culture of racism in America:
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1. Wow Eminem holding the kneel is not an accident!!!!!!! Beautiful!
2. #EminemKneel #EminemTookAKnee The world is watching you NFL.
3. When I saw Eminem kneel during #SuperBowl HalfTime show I thought he was bowing to the hip hop and rap gods he shared the set with. Then I got that his homage was for Colin Kaepernick because Black Lives Matter. And apparently it still is a controversial stance.
4. The NFL is now denying reports that they warned Eminem not to kneel during the #SuperBowl #HalfTimeShow Sounds like they’re scrambling to cover their ass
5. I’m not black, but I see you. I’m not black, but I hear you. I’m not black, but I will kneel with Colin Kaepernick and Eminem to support Black Lives Matter. am I alone?
6. The kneel by Eminem to honor Kaepernick is the greatest play in Super Bowl history.
7. I kneel with Eminem and Colin Kaepernick in support of Black Lives Matter. Who joins us?
8. Eminem’s homage to the Colin Kaepernick kneel is respected because Black Lives Still Matter!
9. NFL told Eminem not to kneel and he did it anyways. Fuck the NFL. Props to Eminem.
10. Eminem was asked by the NFL not to kneel. He did it anyway. Dr. Dre was asked not to say the line “Still not loving police”. He said it anyway, with emphasis. Snoop had an outfit flagged in rehearsal for being “gang related” He wore the blue bandana anyway, and crip walked