Cardi B has revealed she had ‘mixed feelings’ about declining to perform at the upcoming Super Bowl in support of ex-NFL player Colin Kaepernick.
The 26-year-old rapper had received an offer to perform with Maroon 5 at the Super Bowl, but struggled with the decision to turn down the lucrative opportunity.
The Grammy-nominated rapper told The Associated Press on Friday that she had ‘mixed feelings’ after she declined to take the stage at Super Bowl 53 in Atlanta.
‘Mixed feelings’: Cardi B said she received an offer to perform at the Super Bowl, but struggled with the decision to turn down the lucrative opportunity in support of ex-NFL player Colin Kaepernick
She said it was a hard decision since her husband, rapper Offset, loves to watch football, but she felt obligated to ‘stand behind’ Kaepernick because he ‘stood up’ for minorities.
‘My husband, he loves football. His kids play football. It’s really hard for him. … He really wants to go to the Super Bowl, but he can’t go to the Super Bowl, because he’s got to stand for something,’ said Cardi B, who is nominated for five Grammys. She is competing for both album and record of the year.
‘You have to sacrifice that,’ she added. ‘I got to sacrifice a lot of money to perform. But there’s a man who sacrificed his job for us, so we got to stand behind him.’
Cardi also told ET on Friday that she would not be joining Maroon 5 for a performance of their hit song Girls Like You.
Former player: Colin Kaepernick, shown in March 2018 in New York City, started kneeling in 2016 during the US national anthem before NFL games in protest of racial injustice
Wrong time: The Bronx native, shown last November in Hollywood, said she would not be joining Maroon 5 for a performance of their hit song Girls Like You
‘It wouldn’t be the perfect time,’ she said referencing Kaepernick.
‘I stand on what I stand, you know what I’m saying? I stand on what I stand. I am doing other things, because, you know, they like to make money out of us. Why not make a little money out of them,’ she said.
The Bodak Yellow singer added: ‘I can’t push my limits. My soul wouldn’t feel right. But I know me and Maroon 5 have a lot of performances coming [up]. That song just means so much to me.’
Popular rapper: Cardi B, shown last October in Los Angeles, has been nominated for five Grammy Awards at the upcoming awards ceremony
Kaepernick helped start a wave of protests by kneeling during the national anthem to raise awareness of police brutality, racial inequality and other social issues.
His efforts ignited a political firestorm over whether social justice needs to be addressed at the NFL’s marquee event.
Cardi B while attending a Super Bowl LII party in February 2018 in Minnesota was asked when she would be performing during a halftime show.
‘When they hire Colin Kaepernick back,’ she responded.
Racial injustice: Eli Harold, Kaepernick and Erick Reid of the San Francisco 49ers are shown kneeling in December 2016 during the national anthem before an NFL game in Santa Clara
A representative for Cardi B told Page Six in December 2018 that rumors she was seeking a $ 1 million payment and a solo set during the Super Bowl halftime show were false.
‘There was never a firm offer to begin with for a performance. There [were] talks about it, but she was not particularly interested in participating because of how she feels about Colin Kaepernick and the whole movement . . . But again, there was never a solid offer for her to say yes or no to regarding the Super Bowl,’ the rep said.
Maroon 5 will be joined by Big Boi of Outkast and rapper Travis Scott at halftime of the game Sunday between the Los Angeles Rams and New England Patriots.
Not interested: A representative for Cardi B, shown in December in NYC, told the New York Post in December that there ‘was never a firm offer’ for a Super Bowl performance
Gladys Knight, 74, will sing the national anthem.
Some, including Rihanna and Pink, have reportedly turned down offers to perform during this year’s halftime.
In a recent song, Jay-Z alluded to declining to perform at the Super Bowl, and Amy Schumer refused to appear in a TV ad during the game.
Cardi B but will perform at a downtown concert Saturday.
Game entertainment: Jesse Charmichael, Adam Levine and Stone Gossard of Maroon 5, shown earlier this month in Inglewood, California, will perform during halftime of the Super Bowl
The Bronx native also is hosting a party this week and will also appear in a Super Bowl commercial.
Cardi B heard the criticism toward her and other music artists for taking part in Super Bowl-related events, but she believes she can perform at those events outside the championship game without directly supporting the NFL.
‘I hear people saying like ”Oh, y’all are saying all this stuff about the Super Bowl, but you’re doing all these parties”,’ she said. ‘And it’s like, well, if the NFL could benefit off from us, then I’m going to benefit off y’all. Y’all make the most money off our people. Why am I not going to take advantage of y’all and take money from y’all too? Because of y’all, we are getting these parties. OK, thank you.’
Hopeful: Cardi B, shown in December in NYC, hopes the protests supporting Kaepernick can create positive change in the world, but she’s not sure if that will happen anytime soon
Cardi B hopes the protests supporting Kaepernick can create positive change in the world, but she’s not sure if that will happen anytime soon.
‘We got an arrogant president, and the racism right now has been reborn,’ she said. ‘They feel mighty brave nowadays. When Obama was around, I just feel like they were praying on the day when his eight years was over. A lot of jealousy.’
Cardi B added: ‘When they see (how) the choices they made due to racism has affected the country, that’s when things are going to start changing. Right now, they don’t want to accept that their decision has affected the country.’
Political firestorm: Kaepernick, shown in October 2016 kneeling during the national anthem, started a wave of protests in the NFL over police brutality and racial inequality