Maroon 5 and its lead singer, Adam Levine is under fire after accepting the offer to headline at the Half Time show of Super Bowl LIII at Mercedez-Benz stadium, Sunday Night, in Atlanta, Georgia.
The band who performed their famous songs Harder to Breathe, This Love, and Moves Like Jagger, draw flak after celebrities and progressives have called on for the boycott of NFL’s SBHT in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick.
Although the band made efforts to show their support to the NFL athlete by asking audience members to hold paper lanterns with encouraging words written on them like ‘Smile’, ‘Embrace’, ‘Enlighten’, which were released in the air, forming a message that reads “ONE LOVE”, illuminating the sky, many raised eyebrows with the band’s ‘lame’ lantern message of love for Kaepernick.
Even NBA superstar LeBron James joked about the show as he wanted more of Travis Scott and less of the LA-based band saying: “Soooooooo…. This halftime show though. That’s all for Travis or nah?!?!?! [raised eyebrow emoji].”
Immediately after the show, Adam Levine, the band’s lead singer, took to Instagram to post of his photo message in response to the flak that the performance draws. He captioned the post saying that “when [they] accepted the responsibility to perform at the SBHTS, [he] took out [his] pen and just wrote.”
He further said “We thank the universe for this historic opportunity to play on the world’s biggest stage. We thank our fans for making our dreams possible. As we thank our critics for always pushing us to do better. One Love.”
Colin Kaepernick’s side wasn’t happy
Despite Adam Levine’s insistence that he “absolutely, 100 percent” carefully considered his decision to perform at the SBHT show amidst the political issue the NFL is facing, Mark Geragos, Kaepernick’s lawyer, in an interview with Good Morning America on Friday, called Levine’s assertion that not considering NFL gig as a musical platform is “deeply irresponsible” by saying that Levine has crossed “intellectual picket lines”.
“If you’re going to cross this ideological or intellectual picket line, then own it, and Adam Levine certainly isn’t owning it,” Geragos said.
Geragos also threw blows at the band in an interview with Deadline, “It’s a cop-out when you start talking about, ‘I’m not a politician, I’m just doing the music.’ Most musicians who have any kind of consciousness whatsoever understand what’s going on here.” He said.
Other artists stood in solidarity with Kaepernick
Maroon 5 headlined this year’s SBHT together with Travis Scott and Outkast’s Big Boi, with them agreeing to donate a substantial amount of money to the Big Brothers Big Sisters of America and Dream Corps, respectively, to coincide with their NFL gig. ( READ: SpongeBob outperformed Adam Levine in Super Bowl 2019)
Moreover, Travis Scott refused to perform in the half time show unless NFL publicly contributes a $500,000 charity pledge.
Meanwhile, it is heavily rumored that some artists have been offered to perform in the Super Ball Half Time show but vehemently declined the offer in solidarity with Kaepernick. The artists that were said to have rejected the proposal were Rihanna, Jay-Z, and Pink.
Cardi B even confirmed that she declined “a lot of money” to stand with Kaepernick in solidarity. “You have to sacrifice that. You got to sacrifice a lot of money to perform,” she explained. “But there’s a man who sacrificed his job for us, so we got to stand behind him.” /apr