Former Pink Floyd bassist Roger Waters released a video in which he and his band took a knee to convince Maroon 5 and their guests to follow in the Super Bowl halftime show on Sunday. "My colleagues Maroon 5, Travis Scott, and Big Boi appear in the Super Bowl during the Halftime Show next Sunday, and I call them to" go on stage, "Waters said in a statement," I urge them to to do it in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick, to do it for every child shot on these mean streets to do it for every one of the bereaved, father, brother and sister. "
Waters and his band After a concert in Harford , Connecticut, in September 2017, he knelt down, about a year after former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick refused to support the national anthem in protest of racial injustice and police brutality, and President Trump opposed the protests when Waters in the video took a knee Kaepernick has not played the game since 201
As part of his statement, Waters also said he supports a Change.org petition calling on Maroon 5 to end the halftime show. It has accumulated more than 112,000 signatures with a target of 150,000.
"My mother used to say to me," In almost any situation, there is always the right thing to do, just do it, "Waters wrote." So go, my brothers, you have a choice. It's going to be easy … All the president's men, all the huffers and buffers will be royally pissed off, but $ # @% & # 39; em I'm calling you to do it because it's the right thing and because it's you somewhere in you. "
He signed his message:" Love, Roger Waters. "
Earlier this week, Maroon 5 had announced it The pre-Super Bowl press conference was canceled and they said they had been working hard To create a show that would meet and exceed the standards of the event, the band made a $ 500,000 donation to Big Brothers, Big Sisters of America, along with the NFL and their label, and people are taking that step in response to criticism for the far performance of the performance. Travis Scott agreed to attend the performance only if the NFL backed a $ 500,000 donation to Van Jones & # 39; s Dream Corps, which supports social justice initiatives.
Many artists, including Rihanna and Cardi B, rejected it in the Super Bowl as a sign of solidarity with Kaepernick.
Read Roger Waters' Full Open Letter:
This is my band having a knee at the end of a gig in Hartford, Connecticut on Sunday the 24th of September 2017. We have done so in solidarity with quarterback Colin Kaepernick of San Francisco against the endemic racism and often deadly violence that has been carried out by police across the country. It was the third Sunday that Colin Kaepernick was locked out by the NFL. The message was clear: "Shut up, boy!" Next Sunday is the 36th Sunday when he was expelled from the national match. This is not a victory for the NFL, it is a defeat. They have denied soccer fans everywhere the joy and the honor of seeing one of the biggest quarterbacks ever to play the game, and they have shown their true colors. You can sit in your boardroom and hoof and hoot your cigars in your glass cases, but your action is an eye-catcher for everything decent in America. Colin Kaepernick is an American hero. If the US wants a future, you will bring the Colin Kaepernicks of the world there. In fact, it is Colin Kaepernick who is leading you now. My colleagues Maroon 5, Travis Scott and Big Boi will play in the Super Bowl during the halftime show next Sunday. I call her to take a knee on stage. I urge her to do so in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick, for every child shot on those mean roads, for every survivor, for every father, for every brother and sister. My mother used to say to me, "In almost any situation, there is almost always the right thing to do, just do it." So, there you go, my brothers, you have a choice, I do not say it will be so simple 'All presidents men, all the huffers and buffers, will be royally angry, but $ # @%' em, I urge you to do it because it's the right one and somewhere in you know it.
Love, Roger Waters