#ImWithKap: The Resounding Online Message During Super Bowl 53
Angela Davis, Ava DuVernay, Lena Waithe, Common, Steph Curry, LeBron James, Kevin Durant and more used social media to stand in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick on Super Bowl Sunday.
Former Obama cabinet secretary, Chris Lu, tweeted the sentiment right before the game started:
ImWithKap Jerseys were sported in many of the tweets as a continued sign of support.
Cardi B said she wasn’t performing with Maroon 5, because someone “lost his job fighting for us.”
Many boycotted the NFL and all of its Super Bowl coverage and events, including Ava DuVernay, who tweeted:
I will not be a spectator, viewer or supporter of the
#SuperBowl today in protest of the @NFL‘s racist treatment of @Kaepernick7 and its ongoing disregard for the health + well-being of all its players. To watch the game is to compromise my beliefs. It’s not worth it. #ImWithKap pic.twitter.com/fNEeke0crs
Ava DuVernay (@ava)
February 3, 2019
Kaepernick thanked all for the support:
I can’t explain how much it means to have the support of the Icon Angela Davis! She has laid the foundation for myself and many others to fight against anti-blackness, and has never wavered! We love and appreciate you! pic.twitter.com/do4AIRTHJR
Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) February 2, 2019
Commissioner of the NFL Roger Goodell dodged questions about Kaepernick’s status at a pre-game press conference. Kapernick has filed a grievance for
collusion of the owners and executives to keep him off any team.
Maroon 5, who replaced all the artists who turned down the biggest performance stage in protest, did a show that weakly acknowledged the tension with a “One Love” light display by drones.
The lead singer, Adam Levine, defended the show, which featured rappers Travis Scott and Big Boi, and
thanked critics “for always pushing us to do better.” He included a list of words that he wrote down when asked to do the performance that included the word “kneel” near the bottom.