Roger Waters has called upon Maroon 5 to “take a knee” during their Super Bowl halftime show on Sunday, Feb. 3 as the controversy surrounding their performance continues.
The former Pink Floyd bassist released a statement ahead of the big game, which included: “My colleagues Maroon 5, Travis Scott and Big Boi are performing during the halftime show at the Super Bowl this coming Sunday, I call upon them to ‘take a knee’ on stage in full sight.”
“I call upon them to do it in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick, to do it for every child shot to death on these mean streets, to do it for every bereaved mother and father and brother and sister.”
Waters famously kneeled with his band after a concert in Connecticut back in September 2017. It was around a year after San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began refusing to stand for the National Anthem in protest of racism and police brutality.
The musician said of the reason he took a knee: “We did it in solidarity with Kaepernick’s gesture of protest against the endemic racism and often deadly force meted out by police departments across this land. It was the third Sunday of Colin Kaepernick’s lock out by the NFL. The message was clear, ‘Shut your mouth, boy!’”
He added, according to Rolling Stone: “Next Sunday will be the 36th Sunday he has been locked out of your national game. This is not a victory for the NFL, it is a defeat, you have denied football fans everywhere the pleasure and the honour of watching one of the greatest quarterbacks who ever played the game, and you have shown your true colours.”
Waters said of Maroon 5’s performance, “My mother used to say to me, ‘In any situation there is nearly always a right thing to do, just do it.’ So there you go my brothers, you are faced with a choice, I’m not saying it will be easy, all the President’s men, all the huffers and puffers, will be royally p**sed off, but, $#@%’em, I call upon you to do it because it’s the right thing to do and because somewhere inside you know it.”
Waters’ comments come after Maroon 5 made a $500,000 donation to Big Brothers, Big Sisters of America, along with the NFL and its label.
The band also hit headlines for refusing to do a Super Bowl 53 press conference.