The news that Travis Scott would appear in the Super Bowl with Maroon 5 leaked for the first time in December. Three weeks passed until the performance was officially announced. The announcement came only after Scott announced that he and the NFL would donate $ 500,000 to the charitable social justice organization Dream Corps. The move was clearly designed to dampen the criticisms of Maroon 5 and, in particular, Scott for participating in the game, mainly due to the treatment of former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who was essentially banished from professional football because he had a knee during the fight In the lead of the national anthem, many feel they are based on racism.
Scott and Kaepernick had at least one phone call before the rapper confirmed his Super Bowl appearance, Variety reports. A source near Scott said that while they did not necessarily agree, they came out of the conversation with mutual respect and understanding. The rapper felt that everyone was making a statement in their own way and that the money was going towards the dream. Corps, combined with the Super Bowl platform, will do some good. The source also said that Scott would not confirm his performance until the donation was imprisoned.
The reps for Kaepernick and Scott refused Variety's request for comment.
The comments were similar to those made by Scott in his announcement "I support anyone who is committed to what he believes in," he said. "I know that as an artist, I can inspire my inspiration. So before I confirmed the Super Bowl halftime performance, I teamed up with the NFL for this important donation. I am proud to support Dream Corps, and the work they are doing will hopefully stimulate change.
After confirming the three performers, Change.org asked a Change.org petition requesting Maroon 5 to cancel their canceled performance. 85,000 signatures were updated to request that all three kneel during the half-time performance to get. "It seems like these artists are not retreating at this point. So what now? "Read the petition. "There is a way they can redeem their reputation with their fans. Maroon 5, Travis Scott and Big Boi: Take one knee during your set. "
Scott was heavily criticized almost immediately after his halftime show became known: sources said Jay-Z was trying to dissuade him and both rapper Meek Mill and Rev. Al Sharpton publicly criticized him for doing so. "I think everyone who participates in the halftime show directly violates those who want to raise the issue that the NFL should resign themselves to what they have done and with Colin Kaepernick and those who are protesting in criminal matters, Sharpton said,
Dream Corps, founded in 201
The organization has a close connection with Kim Kardashian West, the Sc hwester by Kylie Jenner, with whom Scott shares a daughter. Kardashian West, who contributed to Variety last fall, hailed Jones for "[creating] opportunities for people who had been abused by our flawed justice system." The two traveled to the White House with Dream Corps last fall to meet with President Donald Trump. This session resulted in mildness for 63-year-old Alice Marie Johnson, who spent 22 years in prison for a non-violent drug crime had received. Kardashian had cited Johnson's case in her condemnation of reforms.
As for the Super Bowl, former Outkast member Big Boi, an Atlanta-born native who has been in talks for a long time, will appear after weeks of contacting various shades that can be performed with Maroon 5 and it may not be a coincidence that all three artists appearing in the Halftime Show belong to the same management company, Full Stop.