Eminem’s Super Bowl Halftime Show Kneel Gains Social Media Support

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Sports fan or not, the Super Bowl halftime show is an annual tradition in American football culture that not only keeps the big game exciting overall, but can also have a cultural impact that is being talked about for generations to come.

Last night’s performance featuring hip-hop icons Dr. Dre, Kendrick Lamar, surprise guest 50 Cent, Mary J. Blige, Snoop Dogg and Eminem definitely turned out to be one of the books. However, it’s what this latest host did during his set to show his support for the Black Lives Matter movement that has already made an everlasting impression.

Take a look below to remember the magic that happened last night at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, CA:

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While wrapping up the performance of his Oscar-winning Billboard number one hit “Lose Yourself,” Em seized the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to kneel in Colin Kaepernick’s vanity. Since going viral in a 2016 preseason game by kneeling during the national anthem, Kaepernick has become a leading figure in the fight against racial injustice in America that has since cost an NFL career and as much criticism as support.

Eminem, a white rapper in a genre of music notoriously occupied and created by black people, proved that he understood his privilege and somehow gave it up to show that the sacrifices made by Kap six years ago have not not been in vain.

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Much like the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback, Eminem has also come under fire from conservatives threatening to stop supporting his music. However, just like Kap, the 8 miles The lyricist won overwhelming support from those who applauded his decision after the NFL rumored to have told him not to do it in the first place. That claim, however, was denied by league spokesman Brian McCarthy, who recently said, “We watched every element of the show in multiple rehearsals this week and knew Eminem was going to do it. “

Take a look below to see the many people who showed their support for Eminem’s Super Bowl Halftime Show act of solidarity by taking a knee in protest against a lingering culture of racism in America:

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1. Wow Eminem kneeling is no accident!!!!!!! Beautiful!

via @Rosenbergradio

2. #EminemKneel #EminemTookAKnee The world is watching you NFL.

via @juggyouself99

3. When I saw Eminem take a knee during the #SuperBowl HalfTime show, I thought he was bowing to the hip hop and rap gods he shared the set with. Then I learned his tribute was for Colin Kaepernick because Black Lives Matter. And apparently that’s still a controversial position.

via @B52Malmet

4. The NFL is now denying reports that they warned Eminem not to kneel during the #SuperBowl #HalfTimeShow Looks like they’re scrambling to cover their ass

via @lindyli

5. I’m not black, but I see you. I’m not black, but I hear you. I’m not black, but I will kneel with Colin Kaepernick and Eminem in support of Black Lives Matter. am i alone?

via @mhdksafa

6. Eminem’s kneeling in honor of Kaepernick is the greatest play in Super Bowl history.

via @JasonOverstreet

7. I kneel with Eminem and Colin Kaepernick in support of Black Lives Matter. Who joins us?

via @joncoopertweets

8. Eminem’s tribute to Colin Kaepernick’s kneeling is respected because Black Lives Still Matter!

by @DannieD01

9. The NFL told Eminem not to kneel and he did it anyway. To hell with the NFL. Kudos to Eminem.

via @davenewworld_2

10. The NFL asked Eminem not to kneel. He did it anyway. Dr. Dre was asked not to say the phrase “Still dislike the police”. He said it anyway, emphatically. Snoop wore an outfit that was flagged in rehearsal as “gang related”. He still wore the blue bandana, and crip walked

via @BoestMode