The powers that be at the Super Bowl, including ex-CBS honcho Les Moonves, tried to ruin Janet Jackson’s career. The NFL has completely disrespected Colin Kaepernick, and consequently, the NFL does not deserve a millisecond of the brilliance of Black artists for its Halftime Show. Reportedly, countless celebs are giving a big “hell no!” to performing.
Maroon 5 accepted an invitation to perform at the Super Bowl and they are allegedly asking several Black artists to perform. Variety.com reports, Maroon 5 reached out to “more than a half-dozen stars to appear as featured guests during the 13-minute slot midway through Super Bowl LIII, but so far, none have agreed to do it.” The list of nos reportedly include Mary J. Blige, Lauryn Hill, Andre 3000 and Cardi B. Usher and Nicki Minaj are reportedly “in the mix” of consideration, whatever that means.
As we all know, Rihanna gave a hard no back in October. Allegedly, Pink was also approached and she declined. Even Amy Schumer demanded a boycott of the Super Bowl, calling out their “white sports writers.”
Howard Bragman of LaBrea.Media told Variety.com, “It’s like a movie — if you can’t cast the biggest stars, you need a high-concept… If other networks smell a weaker show, they’re gonna be counter-programming, so you have to come out really strong.” He continued, “They could put a 500-person choir there or find one made up of local kids. Regardless, it has to be diverse. That’s who the audience is and that’s the world we live in.”
If the Super Bowl manages to land a Black artist to perform, good luck with the backlash they will receive. They will immediately be on the canceled list.
Maroon 5 and the Super Bowl declined to comment about the chorus of nos.