Cardi B Speaks Up About the Super Bowl

Cardi B Speaks Up About the Super Bowl

Rumors swirled around back in December 2018 that Cardi B had turned down the Super Bowl halftime show. Now, the rapper confirms that she did just that, and reveals that it wasn't the easiest decision to make. Still, she did it to stand with former NFL player Colin Kaepernick.

Cardi, who had recently reunited with her husband Offset, told the Associated Press on Friday, "My husband, he loves football. His kids play football. It's really hard for him. ... He really wants to go to the Super Bowl, but he can't go to the Super Bowl, because he's got to stand for something,"

The Grammy-nominated artist also said she felt obligated to skip Super Bowl 53 in Atlanta to stand up for what she thinks is right. Referring to Kaepernick, she added, "I got to sacrifice a lot of money to perform. But there's a man who sacrificed his job for us, so we got to stand behind him."

Still, Cardi B and other artists are being criticized for participating in "Super Bowl-related" events. To her critics, she responded, "Well, if the NFL could benefit off from us, then I'm going to benefit off y'all. Y'all make the most money off our people. Why am I not going to take advantage of y'all and take money from y'all too? Because of y'all, we are getting these parties. OK, thank you."

The "Money" rapper, who has also gained a lot of traction lately because of her political messages, also told AP, "We got an arrogant president, and the racism right now has been reborn." She continued, "They feel mighty brave nowadays. When Obama was around, I just feel like they were praying on the day when his eight years was over. A lot of jealousy."

She added, "When they see (how) the choices they made due to racism has affected the country, that's when things are going to start changing. Right now, they don't want to accept that their decision has affected the country."

Other artists who supposedly turned down the Super Bowl halftime slot are Jay-Z, Rihanna, and Pink. Actress and comedian Amy Schumer also refused to appear for the TV event, and tried to urge Maroon 5 to back out of the show. Meanwhile, Travis Scott says that he asked for permission from Kaepernick himself before accepting the Super Bowl gig.

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