February 14, 2022

Social Media Reacts To Eminem Taking A Knee At The Super Bowl

Social Media Reacts To Eminem Taking A Knee At The Super Bowl

The highly anticipated Super Bowl halftime show went down yesterday (Feb. 13). For the first time in NFL history, hip hop dominated the stage. 

Mary J. Blige, Dr. Dre, Kendrick Lamar, Eminem hit the stage. 50 Cent pulled up as a surprise guest. 

One of the notable moments during the show was when Eminem took a knee. After the rapper performed his 2002 hit “Lose Yourself, “the kneeling took place.” It’s not clear why he took one. It’s possible it could have been to honor Colin Kaepernick or Tupac. Rumors swirled that the NFL reportedly told Em not to kneel, but it’s not confirmed if they did or not.

Kneeling became a topic of controversy when Colin took a knee in 2016 to protest racial injustice. Since then, Kaepernick hasn’t been back on the NFL field, even though they claim they encouraged teams to look at Kaepernick.

Since then, some athletes from sports have knelt during the national anthem in solidarity with Colin and his message. CNN points out Eminem has a history of supporting Kaepernick. In 2017, during the BET Hip Hop Awards, he performed an explosive 4.5-minute freestyle rap, calling out former President Donald Trump and embracing Kaepernick.

Eminem also included Kaepernick in the lyrics of his 2017 song “Untouchable.” Em rapped, “Somebody has to be the sacrificial lamb … So they call it a Kaepernick tantrum …If you don’t stand for the national anthem … We raise it, you better praise it.”

Take a look at social media reactions: