A petition urging Maroon 5 to drop out of the 2019 Super Bowl Halftime Show has gathered almost 40,000 signatures.
Vic Oyedeji created the Change.org link in a bid to have the band support former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who was axed by the NFL for kneeling during the national anthem.
Players have since joined him by taking a knee in protest against police brutality and racial injustice.
The petition states, “Kaepernick risked his career to take a knee for equality, and the NFL punished him for it.
“Until the league changes their policy and support players’ constitutional right to protest, no artists should agree to work with the NFL. Join me in asking Maroon 5 to drop out of the 2019 Super Bowl halftime show.”
ET previously confirmed Rihanna had been offered the slot but had turned it down.
The petition continued, “Rihanna is not the first major artist to turn down the Super Bowl halftime show. Jay-Z turned down a request to perform at the 2017 Super Bowl, and even addressed it in his 2018 song ‘Apesh*t’.”
Oyedeji concluded: “Colin Kaepernick has sacrificed his NFL career to call out violent racism in America, and players across the country have followed his lead.
“Rihanna, Jay-Z, Amy Schumer and others have refused to work with the NFL. Maroon 5: Americans look to artists and celebrities as leaders, and you have huge opportunity to use your influence to take a stand.”
ET Canada has reached out to Maroon 5’s rep for further comments.
The group are yet to confirm they’ll actually be performing at the Super Bowl, but numerous sources reported in September they would be taking the stage on February 3.
A spokesperson for NFL told ET Canada at the time: “It’s a Super Bowl tradition to speculate about the performers for the Pepsi Halftime Show. We are continuing to work with Pepsi on our plans but do not have any announcements to make on what will be another epic show.”