(AllHipHop News) Maroon 5, Travis Scott, and Big Boi hit the stage for the Super Bowl LIII halftime show on Sunday night. All three acts faced differing levels of backlash for the appearance.
Critics called out the artists for supporting the NFL while former quarterback Colin Kaepernick is engaged in a legal fight with the league over alleged collusion to keep him from being signed to a team. Kaepernick helped ignite the #TakeAKnee protests against police brutality during the playing of "The Star-Spangled Banner."
CeeLo Green stood up for his Dungeon Family brethren. Green tweeted on Sunday, "[Big Boi] yo big we riding wit you fam DO THAT SH*T! F*ck these so called protesters you just got [$100 million] worth of press. I’ll kill for you."
Those comments from the Goodie Mob member also caused push-back online. Numerous Twitter users slammed CeeLo for taking aim at people that chose to boycott the game.
According to reports, entertainers such as Jay-Z, Rihanna, and Cardi B turned down the halftime gig in order to stand in solidarity with Kaepernick. Plus, Common expressed he did not want to see Travis Scott perform at the Super Bowl.
Nick Cannon offered an explanation on why Scott caught more criticism than Big Boi. The Masked Singer host stated, "I call it cultural equity. We not mad at Big Boi for being on the Super Bowl. He's for the people. But for someone like a Travis Scott, he gotta walk more gingerly."