The Super Bowl is happening this weekend. Some look forward to the game itself but I along with many others only tune in during the halftime performance. I’ve loved many performances. The recent ones of Beyoncé and Lady Gaga have been incredible pieces of pop culture and the Michael Jackson halftime show in the 90s was magical.
But this year, the idea of the Super Bowl halftime show performer who happens to be white pop group Maroon 5, has been a little bit controversial, to say the least. So many issues regarding the treatment of black athletes, especially Colin Kaepernick have made whoever is performing anything at the Super Bowl a target of supporting these things.
There are many factors that play into performing the halftime show and the national anthem at the big game. Personally, I don’t feel like I have a strong enough opinion to comment on either side of the spectrum, but I will say that especially in today’s time, you have to be extra vigilant with what you decide to do or not. Artists need to expect the backlash from the public.
With racial tensions being so high in the era of Trump, the Super Bowl is definitely one of the things that represent Middle America and what they stand for. Therefore, anything that surrounds it will bring immense backlash. And also, the fact that the host city is Atlanta and none of the countless amounts of artists from that city are performing adds to the backlash.