Jay-Z is speaking up and out about speculation that he staged a protest at the 2020 Super Bowl.
The Rap mogul was in attendance at the Big Game this past Sunday, alongside wife Beyonce and their 8 year old daughter Blue Ivy.
Notably, the event served as Jay’s first day on the job as co-producer of the Halftime show after striking a polarizing deal with the NFL.
Despite this, when he and The Carters were spotted sitting during Demi Lovato‘s performance the US National Anthem, some oddly intimated it to be some kind of “protest” (akin to Colin Kaepernick’s kneeling). A stance that seemed to disregard the fact Jay has (even to his detriment) consistently touted his belief that true change could come about by advancing beyond kneeling.
Now, he’s setting the record straight for any and all of his detractors.
See what we mean below…
Speaking during a Q&A at Columbia University, Hov said of the idea he was protesting:
“It actually wasn’t, sorry. It wasn’t pre-meditated. [Media] can tell you what they want, but if it was, I’d tell you it was.”
He went on to unpack the reality, which was that he was in artist mode – after being instrumental in piecing together key aspects of the event’s entertainment. Including Shakira and J.Lo’s Halftime extravaganza and Lovato’s Anthem gig. He stressed that he and the family were rooting for the singer and her comeback.
And we guess that’s that!