Netizens express their disappointment over Jennifer Lopez and Shakira not honoring Kobe Bryant during their Super Bowl LIV halftime performance on Sunday.
Their energy-filled show did not feature the tribute they had planned for the NBA legend, who died in a helicopter crash along with his Gianna, 13, and seven others.
At a Super Bowl press conference on Thursday, Shakira shared,
"We’ll all be remembering Kobe on Sunday and celebrating life and diversity in this country."
"I’m sure he’d be very proud to see the message we are trying to convey on stage that day,"
she had added.
After their Super Bowl performance, social media users took to Twitter to point out that Jennifer nor Shakira paid any tribute to Bryant.
One user wrote:
"Guess seeing @JLo on a pole is more important than a Kobe tribute. You suck #PepsiHalftime #KobeForever,"
While another added,
"So Jennifer Lopez and Shakira used that they were doing a tribute to Kobe Bryant as an excuse to get their views up during the halftime show not only [but then] proceeded to do NO Kobe Bryant tribute like they said they would…but are we surprised?"
A third shared,
"Stop lying...where is my Kobe tribute?"
Meanwhile, Beyoncé, Jay-Z and Blue Ivy also slammed for sitting down during National Anthem.
In her first performance since her hospitalization, Demi Lovatowowed the crowd with her rendition of 'The Star-Spangled Banner'. As she sang the national anthem, the Carter family remained seated, seemingly in protest.
Beyoncé, Jay-Z and their daughter Blue Ivy remained seated during the whole performance despite the people around them standing for the anthem.
Jay-Z has had to deal with significant backlash following his lucrative partnership with the NFL in 2019 as many saw this as an act of betrayal towards Colin Kaepernick who famously protested by kneeling during the anthem on several occasions, a choice that has allegedly gotten him blackballed by many organizations — including the NFL.
Ever since the partnership was reported, fans have been calling Jay-Z out for using activism and Black Lives Matter to move his own career forward. One Twitter user posted,
"Anybody who tried to defend Jay Z NFL like that wasn’t a selfish get money partnership get the side eye from me."
Jay-Z, for his part, claims the partnership was a way to use the platform that the NFL has to raise awareness against police brutality.
"As long as real people are being hurt and marginalized and losing family members, then yes, I can take a couple rounds of negative press." Jay-Z added.
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