“It is a statement!” Amanda Seales exclaimed.
On Sunday, Beyoncé and JAY-Z watched the Kansas City Chiefs defeat the San Francisco 49ers at Super Bowl LIV in Miami. However, as seen in a video posted by TMZ, the two sat during Demi Lovato’s performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
After news of the couple remaining seated went viral, Colin Kaepernick — who famously took a knee during the national anthem at NFL games to protest racism and police brutality — appeared to shade their possible political message.
“I thought we were 'past kneeling' tho?” Kaepernick posted on Instagram Story.
The comment referred to JAY-Z saying during an August 2019 press conference, "I think we've moved past kneeling. I think it's time to go into actionable items. I don't want people to stop protesting at all. Kneeling is a form of protest. I support protests across the board. We need to bring light to the issue and I think everyone knows what the issue is. We're done with that."
“No one is saying [Colin] hasn’t been done wrong,” the rapper — whose company, Roc Nation, is the NFL’s live music entertainment strategist — said in a New York Times article published Saturday. “He was done wrong. I would understand if it was three months ago. But it was three years ago and someone needs to say, ‘What do we do now — because people are still dying?’”
On Monday’s live episode, “The Real” hosts — including Jeannie Mai, Loni Love, Adrienne Houghton and Tamera Mowry-Housley — discussed the possible drama between Jay and Colin.
In response to Kaepernick’s IG Story, Seales remarked, “I’m sighing because I think that there’s no need to say that. For what it’s worth, [Beyoncé and JAY-Z] weren’t kneeling. And the other part of it is, I know me. I don’t stand for the national anthem either. But also, they’re not in the game. They’re not players in the game.”
The “Insecure” actress also believes this was an opportunity for Colin to show solidarity with the Carters, who have been vocal about their fight for equality and justice.
“I think what Colin did was great. I think the ghosts of Colin Kaepernick didn’t let the Niners win,” Seales explained. “Something of this nature, [Beyoncé and JAY-Z’s] status, doing this on camera. It is a statement. I feel it was an opportunity for Colin to say, ‘I’m glad you had a change of heart.’ Maybe.”
Love echoed this point, saying, “I just wish Colin and JAY-Z would somehow try to… get together in all of this.”
“I believe JAY-Z is trying his best because black people still watch football,” the comic said. “The thing is that he’s saying, ‘Let’s have a seat at the table. I think JAY-Z has proven what happens when you do have a seat at the table, that you can have some say-so in things, but I don’t want Colin’s movement now to turn into —”
“Cattiness,” Amanda added.
During an August 2019 interview at Roc Nation’s headquarters in Manhattan, JAY-Z expressed optimism about the NFL’s future.
“The NFL has a great big platform, and it has to be all-inclusive,” he said. “They were willing to do some things, to make some changes, that we can do some good.”