AceShowbiz - Travis Scott (II) received heavy criticism when he was announced to headline the 2019 Super Bowl halftime show, with many dubbing him disrespectful to Colin Kaepernick who was blacklisted by the NFL for his on-field protest against police brutality. However, it turns out that the Houston rapper apparently consulted with the athlete about the gig before accepting it.
Variety reported that Scott and Kaepernick "had at least one phone conversation before the rapper confirmed his Super Bowl appearance." While the two "did not necessarily agree," they came away with "mutual respect and understanding." According to an insider, Scott refused to confirm his participation until NFL agreed to donate $500,000 he supposed to receive to Dream Corps, a nonprofit organization that specializes in social justice issues.
The report was similar to Scott's statement when he announced his participation. "I back anyone who takes a stand for what they believe in," he said. "I know being an artist that it's in my power to inspire. So before confirming the Super Bowl halftime performance, I made sure to partner with the NFL on this important donation. I am proud to support Dream Corps and the work they do that will hopefully inspire and promote change."
Following the announcement, an online petition on Change.org was made, calling on all three acts to take a knee during their set. Vic Oyedeji, who created the petition, says in the description box of the petition that this form of act is the "only way" Scott, Big Boi and Maroon 5 can redeem themselves.
"Show the hundreds of millions of people watching that you stand in solidarity with Kaepernick and all players who protest police brutality," Oyedeji writes. "Use this opportunity to force the NFL to change their policy."
More than 85,000 people have signed on the petition as of now.