The irritation among fans that Travis Scott is reportedly set to take the stage during the Super Bowl LIII Halftime Show has spread among the celebrity elite.
Al Sharpton and Michael B. Jordan are not on board with the rapper possibly joining rumored Halftime Show headliners Maroon 5 for the 2019 performance.
The stars’ feelings were made known Saturday, Dec. 22, when TMZ caught up with them separately.
First, Sharpton said anyone who decides to perform is “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 the criminal justice system.”
The reverend also had an answer for those who claim that they’re joining the show for good in light of the NFL being accused of blackballing Kaepernick. The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback has failed to get signed since becoming a free agent after the 2016 season following his protests against black oppression.
“You can’t tell people to stand for those that take a knee and don’t go to the game and then say, ‘But somebody oughta perform there and entertain.’ … You can’t have it both ways. You can’t help people market something and then turn around and say you agree with what people are protesting.”
He said Scott should do what others like Rihanna, Cardi B, and Jay-Z have done and refuse to be a part of the program that attracts 100 million viewers annually.
“You can’t fight against Jim Crow and then go sit in the back of the bus,” Sharpton added.
Jordan is also displeased about Scott’s possible involvement, saying, “that’s something I’m not that happy with. Hopefully, it’s a rumor.”
Adding he hasn’t seen too much about the report, he’s still hoping “it doesn’t work out.”
“We’re still trying to stand behind something right now,” the “Creed 2” star says. “Hopefully, it’s not true.”
As folks online continue to make their thoughts on the matter known, neither Scott nor the NFL has confirmed his involvement. This despite sources telling Variety in Dec. 20 article that the rapper will be one of several other performers on the bill.