The backlash against Jemele Hill’s political tweets came to new heights on Monay (Oct. 9) when ESPN suspended the anchor for two weeks over “social media violation.” Musicians, including Common, J. Cole, and many more have joined a chorus of voices supporting the anchor in her decision to speak out.
Hill had initiated controversy within the company when she first tweeted that the POTUS is a “white supremacist” back in September. Hill’s second strike occurred when she stepped into the heated debate regarding players kneeling during the anthem. When Dallas Cowboys coach Jerry Jones threatened to bench players who refused to stand, Hill suggested an advertiser boycott to hit the NFL where it hurts. “This play always work. Change happens when advertisers are impacted. If you feel strongly about JJ’s statement, boycott his advertisers,” Hill tweeted.
Hill later clarified her message, tweeting, “Just so we’re clear: I’m not advocating a NFL boycott. But an unfair burden has been put on players in Dallas & Miami w/ anthem directives.”
ESPN has stated that Hill was sidelined “for a second violation of our social-media guidelines” because of these tweets, and musicians were quick to react this morning (Oct. 10) on Twitter. See their responses below.
We will not be intimidated + silenced about injustice in this country. We will win.
— COMMON (@common) October 10, 2017
— J. Cole (@JColeNC) October 9, 2017
— lalah hathaway (@lalahhathaway) October 10, 2017
— Lil Chano From 79th (@chancetherapper) October 9, 2017
— Rapsody (@rapsody) October 10, 2017