Today is the Super Bowl and many Black artists (not just Black, even P!nk) decided to stand with Colin Kaepernick and not perform at the Super Bowl.
Well, Akon things they are “stupid.”
TMZ specifically asked the 45-year-old about Black artists declining to perform at the Super Bowl’s hallf time show. Akon babbled, “Honestly, I think that’s stupid.” He continued, “I’m going to be as frank as possible, you in this business for two reasons, one is to make an impact and two is for the business of it. Now if you’re a philanthropist and that’s something you feel like you believe in and you fight for it, you have every right. But if you’re doing it and you’re looking it as a way of expanding who you are as an artist and as a business, you also have that right. So I don’t think there’s a right or wrong answer for that.”
He then added, “I think sometimes people take social issues and make it a lot serious than it has to be.”
Sounds like Akon doesn’t know the history of Muhammad Ali, Tommie Smith, John Carlos and countless others. See the foolishness below:
In case you missed it, Maroon 5 agreed to perform at the Super Bowl in February and allegedly asked several Black artists to perform, too. Mary J. Blige, Lauryn Hill, Andre 3000, Cardi B, Usher and Nicki Minaj all reportedly said no. Rihanna gave a hard no back in October and even P!nk declined. But Travis Scott said yes, and the rapper was promptly trampled by social media.
Maroon 5 ignored a Change.org petition, which had more than 75,000 signatures, asking them not to perform.
While talking to TMZ back in December, Rev. Al Sharpton said, “I think that anyone who goes into the Halftime Show is in effect is directly violating those that want to raise the question that the NFL should come to terms with what they have done and continue to do to Colin Kaepernick and those that protest on criminal justice issues.”
He also said, “He should do what a lot of other major artist have done and say, ‘I can’t participate.’ You can’t fight Jim Crow and then sit in the back of the bus.”
Sounds like Akon likes the back of the bus. If you didn’t know, Akon was born in St. Louis, Missouri but describes Senegal as his “hometown.”