(AllHipHop News) Rihanna made headlines when the global megastar supposedly turned down the chance to perform at the Super Bowl in order to stand in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick. Some supporters of Kaepernick are boycotting the NFL over the league allegedly blackballing the former quarterback because of his kneeling protest against police brutality.
Reports about Rihanna's decision not to be the halftime entertainment at SBLIII has sparked a debate about the gig. However, Jermaine Dupri is calling on artists to take advantage of the chance to hit the stage in Atlanta next February.
"Use their platform, say what they gotta say, let it be heard, because the more you talk about it the more, to me, that changes more than boycotts. Boycotts and marches don't seem like they work," JD toldTMZ.
The veteran music executive/producer continued, "I think they should send a message while they're on stage. Take advantage of your platform. By the way, taking advantage of your platform is to not do the Super Bowl as well."
According to reports, Maroon 5 is expected to be the performing act at the next Super Bowl. There have also been rumors that Cardi B and Travis Scott could show up for the televised spectacle too.
Many Atlanta natives wanted to see hometown talent (such as OutKast or Usher) involved in the halftime concert. Jermaine Dupri, one of the city's greatest hitmakers, was tapped to produce Super Bowl LIVE, a week-long showcase leading up to the big game.