National Anthem ProtestsLatest News and Opinion
Posted Friday 10/19/18 at 6:10PM EDT
Amy Schumer won't be doing any Super Bowl commercials over Colin Kaepernick issue, calls on Maroon 5 to drop out from halftime show
Schumer expressed support for Rihanna after Us Weekly's report that she turned down Super Bowl halftime in solidarity with Kaepernick and the controversy he created by kneeling during the National Anthem. "Friday thought," Schumer wrote on Instagram. "I wonder why more white players aren’t kneeling. Once you witness the truly deep inequality and endless racism people of color face in our country, not to mention the police brutality and murders. Why not kneel next to your brothers? Otherwise how are you not complicit? I think it would be cool if @maroon5 backed out of super bowl like (Rihanna) Did. I personally told my reps I wouldn’t do a Super Bowl commercial this year. I know it must sound like a privilege ass sacrifice but it’s all i got. Hitting the nfl with the advertisers is the only way to really hurt them. I know opposing the nfl is like opposing the nra. Very tough, but don’t you want to be proud of how you’re living?"
Posted Friday 10/19/18 at 2:36AM EDT
Rihanna reportedly turned down Super Bowl halftime show in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick
Source: Us Weekly
Us Weekly reports Rihanna declined an offer from CBS and the NFL to headline the Feb. 3 Super Bowl LIII halftime show because "she supports Colin Kaepernick," the quarterback who has been out of the NFL for nearly two years after kneeling during the National Anthem. Maroon 5 has reportedly landed the halftime gig instead, but the NFL has yet to make a formal announcement. “The NFL and CBS really wanted Rihanna to be next year’s performer in Atlanta,” an insider tells Us Weekly. “They offered it to her, but she said no because of the kneeling controversy. She doesn’t agree with the NFL’s stance.”
Posted Tuesday 10/09/18 at 12:15PM EDT
Study: President Trump's effect on NFL ratings was "weak" -- quality of football is likely to blame for viewership decline
Source: USA Today
USA Today "dove into the numbers" to see why ratings for the NFL actually declined in recent years, and whether Colin Kaepernick and President Trump were really to blame. "We examined TV viewership for Sunday Night Football in 37 markets in 2016 and 2017," said USA Today. "The data, courtesy of Comscore, shows the percent of TVs in a market that were tuned to the big game. Then, we looked at how people in those places voted in the last Presidential election — plus a bunch of football factors. There was some evidence of a Trump effect. But it was, at best, weak. What really stood out was that people stuck with football if there was a 'football reason' to watch. The data show that quality football and home team loyalty drove the TV audience far more than political tribalism." The study also found that areas of high Trump support received bad football games, including Arizona, Indianapolis and Houston. ALSO: Network executives explain why NFL ratings are up 1% this year.
Posted Thursday 9/06/18 at 2:04PM EDT
NBC will show the National Anthem during tonight's NFL season kickoff
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
According to The Hollywood Reporter, "the network, along with others, such as ESPN, will not show the anthem for every game, but there will be exceptions." The anthem will air tonight as NFL player protests during the National Anthem are still a hot-button issue with Colin Kaepernick's Nike ad to air during the game.
Posted Thursday 9/06/18 at 2:04PM EDT
ABC's What Would You Do? will air a Colin Kaepernick-inspired episode on Friday
The ABC News series filmed two different scenarios featuring a black high school football player and a white player telling their white coach they want to take a knee during the National Anthem for the first game of the season.
Posted Thursday 9/06/18 at 1:41AM EDT
Nike's Colin Kaepernick ad will air during sporting events this weekend, in addition to the NFL's season opener on Thursday
Source: The New York Times
A 90-second version of the ad will be shown during NBC's NFL season kickoff on Thursday night, NBC confirmed. The Kaepernick ad will also be shown during the U.S. Open, Major League Baseball games and college football games over the next week. Before the ad was released, President Trump went after Nike Wednesday morning for its "Just Do It" ad campaign with Kaepernick. "Just like the NFL, whose ratings have gone WAY DOWN, Nike is getting absolutely killed with anger and boycotts," Trump tweeted. "I wonder if they had any idea that it would be this way?”
Posted Wednesday 9/05/18 at 3:54PM EDT
Nike to air Colin Kaepernick's "Just Do It" ad during the NFL's season opener Thursday on NBC
Kaepernick, who is suing the NFL for collusion to keep him out of the league, is being featured as part of Nike's 30th anniversary of its "Just Do It" campaign. The NFL, a longtime partner of Nike's, responded on Tuesday to Kaepernick becoming the face of Nike's campaign, saying: "The social justice issues that Colin and other professional athletes have raised deserve our attention and action." While Kaepernick appearing in a commercial during an NFL game may seem awkward, ESPN's Darren Rovell points out that it's actually to the league's advantage. "Of course the NFL is going to let Nike air the Kaepernick ad on the game tomorrow on NBC," Rovell tweeted. "While the business partner relationship is awkward, Nike has taken so much pressure off the league."
Posted Wednesday 8/22/18 at 6:30PM EDT
President Trump launches a petition to urge "spineless" ESPN to play the National Anthem before Monday Night Football games
"I’m calling on you to join me in denouncing this SPINELESS surrender to the politically correct liberal mob," Trump said in a letter sent to his supporters. "I was the first person to sign this petition. Now I need you to follow my lead and be the second." As previously reported, ESPN and other NFL broadcasters rarely show the National Anthem before games.
Posted Tuesday 8/21/18 at 10:26PM EDT
President Trump slams ESPN for not broadcasting the National Anthem during Monday Night Football
Source: USA Today
ESPN, like other NFL broadcasters, usually doesn't show the National Anthem before NFL games. But Monday Night Football featured the anthem before three games last season: on the 16th anniversary of the 9/11 attack, when Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones joined his players in kneeling following the president's attack on players kneeling, and following the Las Vegas shooting massacre. On Tuesday night, while speaking at a West Virginia rally, Trump latched on to ESPN president Jimmy Pitaro's announcement last week that Monday Night Football won't show the anthem. “You’re proud of our country, you’re proud of our history, and unlike the NFL, you always honor and cherish our great American flag,” Trump said. “It was just announced by ESPN that rather than defending our anthem, our beautiful, beautiful national anthem and defending our flag, they’ve decided that they just won’t broadcast when they play the national anthem. We don’t like that.”
Posted Friday 8/17/18 at 1:55PM EDT
ESPN won't air the National Anthem during Monday Night Football
Source: NBC Sports
ESPN will avoid the National Anthem kneeling controversy this season by not showing the anthem. ESPN president James Pitaro said at today's media day: "We generally have not broadcasted the anthem and I don't think that will change this year. Our plan going into this year is to not broadcast the anthem .... again that could change. It's unpredictable what could happen in the world but as of now, we're not. We have communicated that back to the NF. They have not asked but as courtesy and good partners we have let them know what our plans are."
Posted Thursday 6/07/18 at 5:41PM EDT
Tracee Ellis Ross says ABC's yanking of a Black-ish episode was "frightening"
Source: New York Daily News
The actress says she never got an answer for why ABC shelved the February episode, which tackled the National Anthem Protests. "The details of why the episode was pulled and everything that has surrounded that, I do not have the answers for,” Ross said in a Hollywood Reporter roundtable. “To a certain extent, I have purposefully stayed out of those conversations because I’ve had no power to do something beyond that." Noting that the Black-ish cast is usually involved in the show's content, she added: "I have asked for the information and pushed for the information that I felt would be helpful to me and constructive in what I can do with it, because I find it frightening." Black-ish creator Kenya Barris addressed the pulled episode last month, telling Vulture: "We just had a difference of opinion... I feel like it was something for us that we felt like we couldn’t come to an agreement and mutually decided just to sort of move past it." ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey also said last month that the kneeling "was not even really the issue, but I don’t want to get into that. At the end of the day, this was a mutual decision between Kenya and the network to not put the episode out.”
Posted Tuesday 6/05/18 at 1:02PM EDT
Fox News apologizes for implying Philadelphia Eagles players kneeling in prayer were protesting the National Anthem
In fact, none of the Eagles players kneeled during the National Anthem during their Super Bowl season. Fox News showed the Eagles players while reporting on President Trump disinviting the team from today's ceremony that was to celebrate their Super Bowl victory after most of the team said they wouldn't attend. "This can’t be serious," tweeted Eagles tight end Zach Ertz, before the apology. "Praying before games with my teammates, well before the anthem, is being used for your propaganda?! Just sad, I feel like you guys should have to be better than this."
Posted Wednesday 5/23/18 at 2:17PM EDT
NFL to require players on the field to stand for the National Anthem
The new NFL policy also allows players to stay in the locker room during the anthem. The new policy will fine teams if players don't show respect for the anthem.
Posted Tuesday 5/15/18 at 10:53PM EDT
Kenya Barris says "we've moved past" the pulled Black-ish episode, but ABC wouldn't let him comment on the Roseanne joke
"We’ve moved past it," the Black-ish creator says of the “Please, Baby, Please” episode that he agreed with ABC to yank that would've tackled political and societal isues, including NFL players kneeling. "We just had a difference of opinion. I don’t think it’s the first time an episode hasn’t aired. It probably won’t be the last. And I feel like it was something for us that we felt like we couldn’t come to an agreement and mutually decided just to move past it.” ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey addressed the pulled episode earlier today, saying: "Much has been made of the kneeling part of it, which was not even really the issue." Meanwhile, when Vulture asked Barris about the Roseanne joke that seemed to slam Black-ish and Fresh Off the Boat, "an ABC representative interrupted and didn’t allow him to answer."
Posted Tuesday 5/15/18 at 1:10PM EDT
ABC boss addresses rumored tension with Black-ish creator, says kneeling athletes was "not really the issue" in yanked episode
ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey said there were "a number of different elements that we had a hard time coming to terms on" in the network's decision not to air a February episode of Black-ish. As for rumored tension that has reportedly led Black-ish creator Kenya Barris to seek an early exit from ABC deal and move to Netflix, she said: "He’s under contract with ABC Studios. Further specifics are not under my purview."