It was previously reported that the NFL told Eminem that he wasn’t allowed to kneel during his performance, in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick… he did anyway.
However today, the NFL released a statement saying that they have seen rehearsals all week and were well aware that Eminem was planning to kneel.
“We watched all elements of the show during multiple rehearsals this week and were aware that Eminem was going to do that.”
Either way, defiant or not, a number of NFL fans loved the move from Eminem. Of course, many hated it as well…
But while Eminem hasn’t himself said anything about it, many are now claiming that it had nothing to do with Colin Kaepernick, but was a nod to the late, great Tupac.
Eminem went to one knee at the end of his performance of “Lose Yourself,” however when he did, Dr. Dre sat down at the piano to play Tupac Shakur’s “I Ain’t Mad at Cha.”
Some fans think he was showing love for Tupac, not Colin:
Everyone’s a buzz after last night halftime show because Eminem took a knee. To be clear, it was for the artists he was performing with and a nod to Tupac, not for that idiot Colin Kaperdick. So just relax, Eminem wouldn’t ruin his career Over that chump
Ppl really thought Eminem was doing a Kaepernoodle kneel? 😂 That was for Tupac if you had a clue. Also saw someone say they didn't like the show b/c it "might as well have been a BLM concert". Lol. There are ppl on both sides who are so race obsessed, it's all they see. Get help
By the way Eminem knelt in honor of Tupac. Yall relax. I think that was the second best halftime show. However it should be noted that I'm a huge Prince fan so take that for what its worth. Also if you think it sucked did you hear the crowd? They were fully entertained so..
I am black, but I’m not with you on this. I’m pretty confident Eminem knelt to honor Tupac whose song was being played during the time he knelt. If he was kneeling for Colin, at least it wasn’t during the anthem or at flag. 🤷🏽♀️ BLM is grifting all you virtue signalers. Stop it.
Throwback To Shania Twain’s 2003 Super Bowl Halftime Show
The year was 2003.
The Oakland Raiders were set to take on their former head coach Jon Gruden and the stout defense of his Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl XXXVII.
The game was a blow out, with the Bucs jumping out to a 20-3 lead by halftime and never looking back.
And speaking of halftime, 2003 was the last time a country music act got to perform the show… we’re talking about the great Shania Twain.
Singing her 1999 hit single “Man! I Feel Like A Woman” and 2003’s “Up,” which was released shortly before the Super Bowl, Shania eventually hopped up on a lift and flew out over the audience to end her performance. You know, some real Garth Brooks kind of shit.
Shortly thereafter, No Doubt and Sting took the stage to bring the Super Bowl halftime show to its conclusion.
Unfortunately, we haven’t see a country act since, however Eric Church performed the national anthem alongside Jazmine Sullivan at last year’s Super Bowl LV, and Mickey Guyton will handle the anthem this year as Joe Burrow and the Cincinnati Bengals take on Matt Stafford and the Los Angels Rams.