NFL players aren’t the only ones “taking a knee” in protest of President Donald Trump. A number of high profile musicians, Pharrell Williams, John Legend and Eddie Vedder, have decided to show solidarity with their athletic brothers.
“If I want to get on my knees right now for the people of my city, for the people of my state, that’s what this flag is for,” Williams told the crowd on Sunday at the Concert for Charlottesville, before get down on two knees in support of NFL players’ right to take a knee in protest during the American national anthem.
The growing protests have come after Trump blasted NFL players, including former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, for kneeling during the national anthem as a silent protest against the treatment and killing of African-American people by police.
“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners when somebody disrespects our flag to say, ‘Get that son of a b**ch off the field right now’?” Trump asked a crowd at a rally in Alabama on Friday.
Those comments set off a wave of protests by NFL players at games on Sunday, as well as comments and shows of support by other athletes, artists and celebrities throughout the weekend.
So much so that according to analytics firm Talkwalker, there were more than 4 million social posts related to the NFL and the national anthem, including those using the hashtags #TakeAKnee or #TakeTheKnee.
On Sunday alone, there were 2.5 million tweets using the same hashtags, with volume on the social media site spiking between 1-2 pm ET with 240,000 tweets on the topic.
The hashtags #BoycottNFL and #MAGA were also trending with 101,500 and 90,900 mentions respectively as of Monday, Sept 25 at 8 am ET.
Military widow Katie Hubbard’s support of NFL players was the top tweet.
While this tweet from Patrick Pringle also went viral.
At a concert on Saturday night, Stevie Wonder took a knee during a performance to protest Trump and show solidarity with the athletes.
On Sunday, John Legend shared a photo of himself on Instagram of taking a knee during a concert in Hamburg, Germany, raising his fist to echo the civil rights movement of the 1960s.
At the 2017 Pilgrim Festival in Franklin, Tennessee, Eddie Vedder joined in the protest by taking a knee between songs.
Eddie Vedder also commented on Trump’s ongoing feud with North Korea over nuclear weapons during the show.
At the Life is Beautiful festival, the three members of the iconic rap group De La Soul also joined the protest by taking a knee during their performance.
Even a couple of alien-hunting FBI agents joined in by taking a knee, sharing a pic from the set of the upcoming season of “The X-Files”.
Meanwhile, rapper Ice Cube used his Twitter platform to urge his followers to support the protests against the President, and in support of the NFL players.