‘Midnight Train to Georgia’ legend Gladys Knight saw her name ride right into a storm of controversy earlier today when it was announced she would be performing the national anthem at this year’s Super Bowl LIII.
Taking place February 3 at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia, Knight – a native Atlantan – excitedly took to Twitter to not only share the news, but also state:
“I am proud to use my voice to unite and represent our country in my hometown of Atlanta,” the 74-year-old said.
“The NFL recently announced their new social justice platform Inspire Change, and I am honored to be a part of its inaugural year.”
The excitement quickly turned sour as fans of the 74-year-old diva extended her the same criticism afforded to rappers Travis Scott and Big Boi for taking part in the big game given the NFL’s lengthy history with reports of negative treatment of people of color.
Taking to the singer’s Instagram, commenters said:
Their disapproval didn’t stop there. Some took to Twitter: