Gladys Knight isn’t impressed with Colin Kaepernick’s protest methods.
The music icon, 74, who will perform the national anthem at this year’s Super Bowl, spoke out on the football pro’s ongoing protest in which he takes a knee to protest police violence during “The Star-Spangled Banner” at games.
According to Knight, she’s been fighting for injustices a lot longer. In a statement, she said, “I have been in the forefront of this battle longer than most of those voicing their opinions to win the right to sing our country’s anthem on a stage as large as the Super Bowl LIII.”
While she agrees with his message, Knight says she is not a fan of his methods: “I understand that Mr. Kaepernick is protesting two things, and they are police violence and injustice.”
The singer continued, “I am here today and on Sunday, Feb. 3, to give the anthem back its voice, to stand for that historic choice of words, the way it unites us when we hear it and to free it from the same prejudices and struggles I have fought long and hard for all my life.”
“No matter who chooses to deflect with this narrative and continue to mix these two in the same message, it is not so and cannot be made so by anyone speaking it. I pray that this national anthem will bring us all together in a way never before witnessed and we can move forward and untangle these truths which mean so much to all of us.”
Kaepernick and many other celebrities have been vociferously critical of the musicians who have agreed to perform at the Super Bowl: Maroon 5, Travis Scott, and Big Boi.