Earlier this week it was confirmed that Travis Scott will be performing with Maroon 5 during the Super Bowl halftime show in February, and on Friday, Rev. Al Sharpton expressed his disappointment with the rapper for accepting the gig.
“I think anyone that goes into the halftime show is in effect directly violating those that want to raise the question that the NFL should come to terms with what they have done and continue to do to Colin Kaepernick and those that protest on criminal justice issues,” Sharpton told TMZ.
“You can’t tell people to stand for those that take a knee and don’t go to the games and then say ‘but somebody oughta perform there and entertain,'” he explained. “You’re drawing TV viewers, you’re bringing supporters, and I think that you can’t have it both ways. You can’t help people market something and then turn around and say you agree with the people protesting.”
A number of artists –including JAY-Z, Rihanna and Cardi B– have turned down the halftime show (which will take place Feb. 3 in Atlanta) in solidarity with Kaepernick. Sharpton said he thinks Scott should follow suit and reject the offer.
“I think he should do what a lot of other major artists have done: say ‘I’m not going to participate.’ You can’t fight against Jim Crow and then go sit in the back of the bus,” he said.
Michael B. Jordan also spoke out about Scott’s performance, telling TMZ, “That’s something I’m not that happy with…We’re still trying to stand behind something right now.”
Check out the video of Sharpton’s remarks below.