On Sunday (Feb. 2), the Carter power family, Jay-Z, Beyoncé and Blue Ivy Carter, popped out in Miami for the 2020 Super Bowl LIV. Per usual, fans and Super Bowl attendees swooned over their royal presence, but one particular video of the couple has received divided views online.
TMZ published a video showing the Carters seated during the singing of the national anthem by Demi Lovato.
Despite Bey nor Jay actually confirming whether they were making a political statement or commenting publicly on the matter, it hasn’t stopped the Internet from weighing in with their own thoughts.
As expected, conservative commentator Tomi Lahren chimed in on Twitter with her two cents on the matter as well — but not without the swift clapbacks Black Twitter’s been serving her.
Nonetheless, some sided with the viewpoints, which holds that the moguls should have stood to atleast show respect for the U.S. troops. Others found their appearance at the Super Bowl hypocritical given Roc Nation’s divisive partnership with the NFL. The deal, secured in 2019, drew its fair share of criticism from those who perceived it as a slap in the face to Colin Kaepernick.
If you’ll recall, Kaepernick has not been signed to a professional football team since he left the 49ers in 2017. While the exact details of the partnership has yet to be disclosed, it was reported that Roc Nation will head up social justice initiatives in collaboration with the NFL. Furthermore, Hov’s sentiments that they were “past kneeling” — the symbol of Kaepernick’s silent protests against social injustice — in his press conference with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell didn’t fare well with some.
Kaepernick and his girlfriend, radio/television personality Nessa Diab, seemingly reacted to TMZ’s update on social media. The Shade Room posted identical screengrabs from their Instagram Stories that read “I thought we were ‘past kneeling,’ [though]?”
See the different opinions on Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s seated controversy during the national anthem below.