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This year’s halftime show is mired in controversy after a call was put out for 400 “field cast” to participate in the halftime show as volunteers alongside 115 paid dancers on a union job. After...

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 This year’s halftime show is mired in controversy after a call was put out for 400 “field cast” to participate in the halftime show as volunteers alongside 115 paid dancers on a union job. After substantial protest, it was announced that these field cast members would in fact be paid /hr, California’s minimum wage. However, they could be expected to be on-call as many as seven full days without any guarantee of their participation or payment. 

 It’s not unusual for people to volunteer for things they love, and the Super Bowl is no exception. Tampa, for instance, called for 8,000 volunteers in 2021 despite it still being the height of COVID, from greeters to city ambassadors. But in this case, professional dancers were outraged at the Super Bowl, their union and the dance agency promoting the gig, to have been offered to volunteer their labor instead of a contract at union rates.

What went wrong here to cause such outrage? There are three main factors at play:

1.        This is not your grandma’s charity ball. It’s the Super Bowl, the world’s most lucrative sports event. Jezebel ran the numbers: “To do some math for a second, economists claim the Super Bowl can bring between to 0 million for host cities. The 2022 Super Bowl ticket packages listed on the NFL’s website start at ,950 per person and go up to ,250 per person. CBS reportedly made a record 5 million in ad revenue during the 2021 Super Bowl, while other reports say the sporting event is ‘worth billions each year.’”

2.        Unions and producers are responsible for ensuring rules are followed. Dancers have expressed disappointment that SAG-AFTRA, the “world’s largest labor union representing performers, broadcasters and recording artists,” didn’t handle this more thoughtfully, particularly given that similar concerns were raised just last year by dancers confused by the mixing of paid and unpaid participants in the 2021 halftime show.

A SAG-AFTRA rep noted, "SAG-AFTRA has worked with the producers of the Super Bowl Halftime Show to ensure that all professional performers are covered under a collective bargaining agreement. SAG-AFTRA representatives will be on-site during the performance and the union has taken every effort to ensure that everyone appearing in the Halftime Show, regardless of their professional status, are made aware of their employment rights."

ROC Nation, producer of the halftime show, said in a statement, “We strictly follow and adhere to all SAG-AFTRA guidelines.”

Despite the /hour pay rate now being offered, dance industry professionals like Taja Riley have expressed concern this still doesn’t match the typical SAG-AFTRA rates, regardless of whether field cast are categorized as dancers or as extras, the concept that seems closest to the role of these field cast members designed to bring up the energy at the halftime show.

3.        Requiring people to be available without compensation is a poor labor practice in any industry. Field cast were provided a deal memorandum with rehearsal dates, but a “TBD”  for start and end dates and payment based on time worked. This essentially keeps performer lives on hold, without a clear understanding of how much they will make.

This mirrors a broader, nefarious trend within the American workforce to expect workers to be on call for shifts regardless of whether they ultimately get called into work and paid for their time put aside . Dubbed “just-in-time-scheduling,” retailers and foodservice have used it to cut down on costs — at the cost of stability and predictability for workers. According to the Brookings Institute, up to 40% of the workforce deals with the stress of unpredictable scheduling. CNN also commented on research finding: "Unstable and unpredictable work schedules continue to be the norm for service sector workers — especially for workers of color, and for women of color in particular."

This year, some companies like Walmart are making more of an effort to provide regular schedules, with speculation this is more due to the low unemployment rate and worker shortages than any particular benevolence on their part. But given the supply of aspiring (and actual) professional dancers for paid roles far exceeds the regular demand, such dynamics have not hit the dance industry where employers maintain the upper hand.

Dancers as Professional Athletes

“If you can walk, you can dance,” goes the saying, reflecting the range of ways dance has become a major part of American society. Dancers range from casual Tik Tokers, to hardcore clubbers, to experienced professionals building a career and performing in venues like the Super Bowl halftime show. 

Mirroring the spectrum between weekend warrior basketball players seeking pickup games at the park, to Steph Curry and other pros in the NBA, dancers sit on all sides of the economic equation. Those who seek dance out as a hobby are often used to paying for classes or buying tickets to a club or concert. On the other hand, professional dancers rely on dance to survive, and have invested in themselves and their bodies to perform at the necessary level just as all categories of professional athletes do.

Where does one draw the line between amateur and professionals, and what does that mean for big productions like the Super Bowl’s halftime show? What sort of treatment should dancers reasonably expect?

Controversy over this year’s show has led to deeper questions about the idea of dance as not just a hobby, but an industry—one that needs healthy, happy dancers if we are all to thoroughly enjoy our Super Bowl Sunday—or the Grammys, or Coachella, or any number of other events where dancers are not the main artists on the marquee, but are critical to help set the tone.

Where the Industry Can Go From Here

The show must go on, and it will, with Mary J Blige, Dr. Dre, Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg and Eminem headlining today’s halftime show at approximately 8 PM EST. When the teams head home, the dance industry will still have to address what it means to treat dancers as professionals.

What can learn from the Super Bowl’s biggest halftime scandal since Janet and JT? Just as Janet’s unexpected reveal brought up important, and much broader conversations about gender privilege and body-shaming, this case has called attention to the challenges professional dancers experience in making their passion a sustainable career. Two key questions have emerged: What needs to change in the dance industry for dance to be a more viable career path? And what should responsible employers do to better support dancers?

To get more insight into these questions, I spoke to Taja Riley, a dance artist who has participated in multiple Super Bowl shows alongside Beyonce and Jennifer Lopez.

Dance Artist Taja Riley performs alongside Beyonce in her iconic, Black Panther-themed 2016 ... [ ] Superbowl halftime show.

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Taja led much of the organizing around this year’s halftime show, and shared the following three reflections regarding the future of the industry: 

“One of the major keys in starting the conversation is with the shift of subconscious dialogue behind the term “dancer.”

It needs to sing to people, as a profession of known value. In the past when people hear the word dancer, they think of Tina Turner’s phrase “private dancer, Dancer for money,” mistreatment through the cinematic lens of the dance world in films like “A Chorus Line,” even belittling Industry phrases or slogans “Will dance for food,” “starving artist,” “dancing monkey,” “backup dancer” or the infamous audition term “CATTLE call.” We need pop culture’s mainstream media attitude to carry more respect when it comes to dance professionals.

That’s why I use “Dance Artist” or “Dance Athlete” as my preferred label/title of profession. Everybody knows what it means to “dress to impress”: it dresses up the mentality of what you do, and co-signs it with a pre-conceived companion word of high value.  Take for instance: the silent leverage of the business suit. A man in sweats vs a man in a suit goes to corporate elites to pitch an idea — who wins default attention? Now what if the man in the sweats were to be co-signed by the hotshot CEO in the suit? Maybe the fairest on Park Avenue might take a deeper interest into the man with the sweats. 

Adding a word that already holds familiar value or presence in someone’s head to one that they aren’t familiar with, changes the outfit of respect from 2nd hand sweatpants to a Versace suit in the high-brow entertainer’s public perspective in an instant (even if I figuratively dig both thread expressions). And the truth is, dancers are often seen as at the low end of the artistic totem pole, behind “artists” and “athletes.” But truly, we are both, and bring so much purpose and magic to productions.

Responsible employers should view themselves as leaders, and the greatest leaders know how to listen to their teams and really view them as equal collaborators.

Every single time I’ve worked with or read about a team that has treated the cast crew as a team of equal collaborators, they surpass the minimum bar of “SUCCESS” for the product and they move straight into creating “CLASSIC” or “TIMELESS” productions. Media is over saturated with content, but the thing that always stands out is when the energy jumps off the screen. They will say they “can’t put their finger on it” but they just keep getting drawn to it. Any skilled creative knows that in order to achieve that, there must be an amicable synergy with all the behind-the-scenes players. It should feel like a family operation. A well-oiled machine of trust, passion, and inspiration. 

I think it diminishes or threatens what we are truly doing as dance creatives when the people that we collaborate with behind the scenes subconsciously or actively gaslight people, instead of reaffirming that there is purpose behind every work no matter how big or small. It’s all in the approach of how the production functions and if it’s run with love and professionalism, or by anxiety, pressure deadlines. Energy speaks volumes and ultimately impacts our treatment.

Most often the dance artists are the ones that have to adjust, deflect, or dodge these behind the scenes blows, like being asked to sign contracts without prior review, being paid late, told “you’re replaceable,” or other disrespectful practices.

When the truth is, we are just as much as part of the creative team as the Director, the Cinematographer, the Actor, the recording artist.

If our employers and creative colleagues truly don’t see value in dance artists, then they really need to start asking themselves…why have us there? And if that answer is “because dance artists are background,” then I would ask them “What art director or set designer knows how to build a set that will choreograph or freestyle movement, rehearse or workshop ideas, express emotion, develop the recording artist, make last minute changes, come camera ready, accent musicality, or even set the scene of atmosphere needed to tell the story, regardless of how high or low budget?” Funny thing is, if you have the budget to create a set that does alll of that, you might as well just pay us whatever that is, and I guarantee you we would still execute it Andre 3000% better than the manufactured set they made. 

Picture Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” Music Video without the Dance Artists, Beyoncé’s “Single Ladies,” Janet Jackson’s “Rhythm Nation,” Chris Brown’s “Run it,” Missy Elliot’s “Gossip Folks,” Britney Spears “I’m a Slave 4 You,” or N’Sync without the “Bye Bye Bye” choreography. Pop cultures most iconic events, trends, music, video content, and people would not be nearly as ICONIC without DANCE, and more specifically DANCE ARTISTS. So when we are not shown proper respect, it’s hurtful and just plain weird at this point. We are overdue for an engraved seat at the table with our names on it.” 

So how do we get there? Scott and Brian Nicholson, identical twin dance artists, creative directors and choreographers best known for their work with Ariana Grande, shared that they could envision a world where “A healthy and respectful work environment will lead all aspects of the equation to shine, thrive, be sustainable, and profitable.

Identical twin brothers, dance artists, creative directors and choreographers Scott and Brian ... [ ] Nicholson alongside recording artist Ariana Grande.

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Strangling one aspect will kill off another. Those in charge and in places of power hold a large key to the piece of the puzzle. [Those with more] immediate say and power can take action, although some with smaller keys collectively can open more doors. It’s top down and bottom up, at the same time.”

Taja further explained, “I think that at the very least employers who contract dance artists to promote or elevate their products/talent should consider this concept: The people who work for you and alongside of you are your most important and valuable customers. We will add more value, if you treat us like we have value.”

Full disclosures related to my work here. This post does not constitute investment, tax, or legal advice, and the author is not responsible for any actions taken based on the information provided herein. 

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14-02-2022 · The Super Bowl halftime show has long been a flashpoint for cultural grievances. Just ask Janet Jackson. While we may never be sure who at the NFL knew that Eminem was going to take a knee, or ...


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Right-wing pundits Charlie Kirk, left, and Candace Owens, right, were split on their opinion of the Super Bowl halftime show starring Dr. Dre, center.

The Super Bowl halftime show has long been a flashpoint for cultural grievances. Just ask Janet Jackson.

While we may never be sure who at the NFL knew that Eminem was going to take a knee, or which lyric changes the league demanded of Kendrick Lamar and Dr. Dre beforehand, the show itself, which also featured Snoop Dogg, Mary J. Blige and 50 Cent, was a celebration of Black L.A. music and classic hip-hop that was instantly deemed one of the best halftime shows of all time.

Nevertheless, some right-wing commentators were quick to criticize both the league and the performers.

“The NFL is now the league of sexual anarchy,” wrote Charlie Kirk, podcaster and founder of the far-right activist group Turning Points USA. “This halftime show should not be allowed on television.”

“Dear @NFL / @pepsi What was the message of the #HalfTimeShow ?” wrote former Trump press secretary and “Dancing With the Stars” alum Sean Spicer.

Trump-loyalist author Nick Adams opined that “Ted Nugent, Kid Rock, and Lee Greenwood would put on a better Halftime Show,” while calling the participating artists “hoodlums.”

When Candace Owens, a Black right-wing commentator and a favorite of Kanye West in his peak MAGA era, praised the set as “an excellent Super Bowl halftime performance. Undeniable hip-hop and R&B excellence,” her own fans revolted in the comments.

This is an excellent Super Bowl halftime performance.

Undeniable hip-hop and R&B excellence.

— Candace Owens (@RealCandaceO) February 14, 2022

Her readership’s broad consensus: “The first time I haven’t agreed with you”; “This s— sucks. Just cuz you like the music doesnt mean it was good”; “You’ve got to be kidding. That halftime performance was painful”; and “Horrible. I knew I wasn’t the audience for that.”

Pop culture is reliable fodder for conservative broadcasters. In 2020, Ben Shapiro railed against Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s lascivious “WAP” video, while in the past weeks reimagined versions of M&Ms and Minnie Mouse became right-wing flashpoints on Fox News and beyond.

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Snoop Dogg has never been bigger: The iconic California rapper is an in-demand pitchman for everything from beer to chips to burgers. He pops up on NFL football broadcasts and guest stars in movies like “The Addams Family.” On Wednesday, he became the new owner of Death Row Records, the label that three decades ago launched his career.

But when the 50-year-old musician-mogul steps into the biggest spotlight of his career Sunday as the headliner for the Super Bowl halftime show, some viewers may be changing the channel in protest.

In January, Snoop Dogg released an anti-police rap single, “Police,” with rapper J5 Slap and two other hip-hop artists that features incendiary lyrics, including the following intro (delivered not by Snoop Dogg, but by one of his collaborators): 

“All you n***** out there
Take your guns that you using to shoot each other
And start shooting these b**** a** motherf******* police
That’ll impress a motherf******* n**** like me, the crooked motherf******
‘Cause these police getting way too motherf****** outta line.”

“Police,” which only has a few thousand listens on YouTube, was released on Jan. 22. It does not appear that Snoop Dogg has promoted the song on social media, but it has drawn the ire of conservative pundits like Newmax’s Greg Kelly and New York Post columnist Phil Mushnick.

Mushnick, in a Jan. 29 column, deplored NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell‘s celebration of Snoop Dogg and what Mushnick called the rapper’s “violently anti-police, pro-crime vile and vulgar ‘artistry.’”

There’s no direct link between violent song lyrics and the surge of attacks over the last two years on police officers, but Sgt. Betsy Brantner Smith, a spokesperson for the National Police Association, said the mainstreaming of anti-police rhetoric has increased the risk cops face. 

According to FBI data, 73 police officers were intentionally killed in 2021 — a 59% increase compared to 2020 and the most in a single year since 1995. 

“Do those songs, in and of themselves, cause violence against police? No. However, this is part of the false narrative that American law enforcement is somehow a danger to the Black community,” Ms. Brantner Smith said. “To put out this halftime show that will probably have some of these anti-cop lyrics in it is inexplicable and dangerous for American law enforcement.”

Snoop Dogg heads a lineup of some of hip-hop’s biggest stars — Dr. Dre, Kendrick Lamar, Eminem and Mary J. Blige — performing the halftime show.

But if viewers skip the halftime show in protest, they will still likely catch the rapper in at least one Super Bowl commercial. Snoop Dogg will be promoting BIC lighters as a play on the hip-hop artist’s well-known appreciation for smoking marijuana. 

Snoop Dogg, whose real name is Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr., has become a sought-after pitchman in recent years, appearing in ads for Burger King, Tostitos, Corona, Old Navy, Adidas, Pepsi and Chrysler.

At the same time, he has not been shy in recent years about sharing his opinions on a multitude of topics, including policing and other race issues. 

Happy c. Day to my. O. G. @icecube 💫🌟✊🏾. Fuck. The police. Still

— Snoop Dogg (@SnoopDogg) June 15, 2016

Sooner or later no justice no peace 👊🏾

— Snoop Dogg (@SnoopDogg) June 19, 2017

In 2016, he led a march with hip-hop artist The Game to Los Angeles Police Department headquarters to meet with Mayor Eric Garcetti and then-Police Chief Charlie Beck. The march came hours after five police officers were shot and killed in Dallas. 

“We are here to show love and support to the police force in Los Angeles and get some understanding and some communication, and we feel like this is a great start,” Snoop Dogg said during the demonstration. 

Ms. Brantner Smith said the choice of halftime show performers is another example of the NFL and Goodell being “anti-cop.”

“This is par for the course for the NFL,” she said. “For some reason, Roger Goodell thinks he’s being pro-African American or anti-racism by promoting this anti-cop narrative.”

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    Nevertheless, Sunday night's show will go down in history as an electrifying, provocative and politically meaningful performance by some of the greatest musical artists of all time.

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Best: A loving homage to Los Angeles and the West Coast. It’s been 29 years since the Los Angeles area has hosted the Super Bowl, so when it came to the halftime show, the performances felt like ...

Hip hop finally had its moment at the Super Bowl Sunday night when legends Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar, Mary J. Blige, and Eminem took to the stage for an electrifying halftime show at the So-Fi Stadium in Inglewood, Calif. The spectacular, high-energy performance was a powerful celebration of hip hop and its evolution over the last three decades, centering on the legacy of Dr. Dre, a pioneer of West Coast rap whose outsize influence on the genre helped shape the careers of his co-headliners, especially his protege, Eminem, and fellow hometown heroes, Snoop Dogg and Kendrick Lamar. It was also a fitting nod to the host city of Inglewood and the Los Angeles area.

The performance marked the first time the halftime show lineup consisted entirely of hip hop headliners—a move that some saw as the NFL’s bid to connect with fans and artists alike after many felt alienated by the league’s stance on Colin Kaepernick’s national anthem demonstration against police brutality and racial injustice, as well as growing tensions around race in the league.

Here are the best and worst moments of the 2022 halftime show.

Best: A loving homage to Los Angeles and the West Coast

It’s been 29 years since the Los Angeles area has hosted the Super Bowl, so when it came to the halftime show, the performances felt like a love letter to the city. From the set, which featured nods to Los Angeles area landmarks like the legendary music venue Eve After Dark and Compton burger joint Tam’s Burgers #21, to the choreography, which involved Snoop Dogg, clad in Rams blue and gold, doing his signature crip walk, the show was an outpouring of West Coast pride—none more evident than when Dre and Snoop took to the stage to perform “California Love.” Of course, the most cogent show of love for the city of Angels was in the talent lineup; tapping Dr. Dre, the godfather of West Coast rap, and hometown heroes like Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar, and Anderson .Paak made for a show that was truly unforgettable.

Best: Surprise performances by 50 Cent and Anderson .Paak

As if having five titans of hip hop headlining the halftime show wasn’t already a wealth of talent, 50 Cent and Anderson .Paak made prominent surprise appearances during the show. 50 Cent performed a rousing rendition of his Dr. Dre-produced hit, “In Da Club,” even going so far as to roguishly recreate the music video for it by hanging upside down from the top of the set. Meanwhile, Anderson .Paak emanated pure joy as he played the drums during Eminem’s dynamic performance of “Lose Yourself.”

Best: The celebration of Dr. Dre and 3 decades of hip hop

Nostalgia was at an all-time high in the best way, thanks to the musical legacy of Dr. Dre. By building the show around Dre’s huge influence, it resulted in a rich display of how hip hop has grown and evolved over the last three decades, due in part to the rapper’s work in the industry as not only an artist and producer, but a collaborator and mentor. Indeed, Dre’s strong support of his co-headliners in many cases, helped build or even launch their careers; Snoop made his industry debut on Dre’s first solo album, while Eminem has long been considered his protege. Even Jay Z, whose Roc Nation co-produced the halftime show, in his early years as a rapper, worked closely with Dre—he’s credited with writing Dre’s verses for “Still D.R.E.”

Best: Eminem takes a knee

Kneeling has become symbolic of former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s 2016 demonstration against police brutality and racial inequality, in which he kneeled during the national anthem, so it was a charged moment when Eminem knelt on stage after his performance of “Lose Yourself.” While Eminem did not explicitly state he was kneeling in solidarity with Kaepernick, the visual was powerful and sparked meaningful dialogue.

Worst: Kendrick Lamar’s missing lyric about police

Since it was released in 2015, Kendrick Lamar’s “Alright” has served as a rallying cry against police brutality, even becoming a protest song for the Black Lives Matter movement and the 2020 national reckoning with structural inequality. The song deals with racist violence and injustice, and its message explicitly calls out police brutality. While it’s unclear if Lamar’s lyric about police (“And we hate po-po”) was censored by the network or the rapper left it out, many found its noticeable absence egregious. Later in the show, Dr. Dre did perform the line “still not lovin’ police” from “Still D.R.E.”

Worst: The under-utilization of the immense talents of Mary J. Blige and Kendrick Lamar

With five headliners, there was never going to be enough time to showcase all the hits of every performer, but it’s a shame that for this show, it came at the expense of the talents of Mary J. Blige and Kendrick Lamar. While Blige performed her Dre-produced hit “No More Drama” and “Family Affair” phenomenally, it felt like just a taste of what could have been. Lamar had an even briefer stint, performing just a snippet of “m.A.A.d. city” and a version of his anthem, “Alright.”

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Many loved Super Bowl LVI's halftime show. Not these ...

17-02-2022 · Dr. Dre, left, and Snoop Dogg perform during halftime at Super Bowl LVI inside Inglewood’s SoFi Stadium. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times) Feb. 17, 2022 6 AM PT. Facebook.


Most of us look forward to the halftime show at the Super Bowl. Pop music critic Mikael Wood described this year’s as “an all-time great show” [“Hip-Hop Giants Came to Play,” Feb. 14].

I personally was appalled. There was no beauty, no grace, or for that matter no melodious music. Just people jumping up and down holding their crotches and yelling words too hard to understand, even with subtitles.

For the record:

2:24 p.m. Feb. 17, 2022An earlier version of this post credited a letter to Sandra Hernandez of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund. It was written by that group’s president, Thomas A. Saenz.

How disappointing. Can’t we do better than this, so that all of us can enjoy a show that represents many diverse acts?

Jackie Chapkis
Woodland Hills


Music critic Michael Wood has the audacity to suggest that hip-hop is America’s music.

Music is defined as “vocal or instrumental sounds combined in such a way as to produce beauty of form, harmony and expression of emotion.”

The hallmarks of Sunday’s halftime performances were indecipherable lyrics and nonexistent melodies. Composers from George Gershwin to Johnny Mercer to Paul McCartney to Stephen Sondheim probably rolled over in their graves.

Noel Johnson

Editor’s note: Paul McCartney is not dead.


Will someone tell me what Dr. Dre was saying? I didn’t understand a word of it. And that’s what we’re told to believe is the future of music.

Lew Aaronson
Culver City

In her column, Carolina A. Miranda [“Even Its Cheap Seats Are VIP,” Feb. 8] writes that the uppermost seats at Sofi Stadium “may be high up, but you never feel far from the action.”

I have been a season ticket holder in these nosebleed seats for two years now and I can assure you that is far from the truth. Our seats are so far away from the action on the field that we have problems picking up the football on kicks and pass plays. We can see the quarterback start to throw the ball on a pass play and the next thing we see is the receiver being tackled.

I was unable to see the play where the San Francisco 49er quarterback threw the interception that essentially ended the game. Someone in my section yelled out that it was a safety, which it was not.

I am extremely unhappy with these nosebleed seats.

Earl M. Hyman, lifelong Rams fan
Los Angeles


Carolina A. Miranda’s articles [on SoFi Stadium] to date have been excellent.

I am looking forward to reading about the accommodations for the disabled and people of limited abilities at SoFi Stadium.

Ann R. Johnson


It seems obvious that Mia Lehrer is the one to design the L.A. River [“From the L.A. River to SoFi Stadium” by Carolina A. Miranda, Feb. 13]. She’s great — hire her now and fund her plan.

Lore Spangler
Los Angeles

In regard to television critic Lorraine Ali’s story about Super Bowl ads [“Star Power Out in Force in Ads,” Feb. 14]: For too many of these ads, lost in the special effects and star power of celebrities is the product or service advertised. We see the name for a split second at the end of the commercial, seemingly as an afterthought. No mention of product features or what it’s for.

For obscure advertisers needing and wanting the exposure that the Super Bowl offers, it’s a lost opportunity and very expensive for production costs and air time.

The creative people at the ad agencies probably don’t care. They are after the recognition and admiration of their peers. They compete to see who can produce the funniest and most entertaining 30 or 60 seconds.

I blame the clients for allowing their ad agencies to spend all this money without a significant return.

James Landon
Apache Junction, Ariz.

Regarding “Oscar Nominations: Family Affairs” [Feb. 9]: Glenn Whipp’s witty comment regarding the failure of “The Tragedy of Macbeth” to get a best picture nomination (“‘Something wicked this way comes’ pretty much sums up just about every Oscar nominations announcement, don’t you think?”) pretty much sums up why Whipp is my favorite L.A. Times entertainment writer, bar none.

Steve Abramson

When I read Justin Chang’s movie reviews, which are often very good, I want to know what he thinks of the film he’s reviewing, not what he thinks of the actor’s personal life or whether the filmmaker should have hired the actor because of it.

I found it inappropriate and indeed offensive to read his rant about Armie Hammer’s alleged abusive treatment of women featured in his review of “Death on the Nile” [“A Float Down Denial River,” Feb. 11], with the not-so-subtle suggestion that filmmakers should consider not hiring him.

In my opinion, Chang should stay in his lane and leave controversial social issues to others. Enough with the cancel culture.

Alvin S. Michaelson
Marina del Rey


I have always admired and looked forward to Justin Chang’s film reviews, but I found all his verbal handwringing over Armie Hammer’s appearance in Kenneth Branagh’s “Death of the Nile” uncharacteristically unfair, not to mention short-sighted.

Hammer has offered superb performances in adventurous films such as “The Social Network” and “Call Me By Your Name,” and deserves simply an appraisal of his work in the film in question, not speculation on how the actor’s off-camera activities might or might not resonate with audiences.

I would remind Chang that over two decades ago, two other “Hollywood golden boys” (Rob Lowe and Hugh Grant) were caught in sexual scandals that did no long-term damage to their careers.

And I would remind everyone that Hammer has been accused of sexual assault, not charged or convicted.

Bill Royce
Cathedral City

Regarding the online gallery “The Take: Faces in the Crowd of an Exclusive Super Bowl Party at SoFi Stadium” by Allen J. Schaben [Feb. 13]: The Times has once again performed its favorite magic trick — disappearing half the local population —by publishing a photo array that includes no one from the largest racial/ethnic group in the area, Latinos, who comprise half the population of the county.

Yet, as always, the editors, who characterize the photos as a “cross-section of L.A.,” scrupulously ensured that three other groups — each smaller in size than the Latino population — are included: whites, Blacks and Asian Americans.

Though I think this particular magic is hackneyed and self-destructive, I still must ask how you accomplish this trick? In this case, did you select the specific party to feature because it would have no Latino guests, or did you have to instruct your photographer to avoid any Latinos in attendance?

Do you think The Times’ consistent and obvious discrimination influences publicists to exclude Latinos as they put together events?

Thomas A. Saenz, Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund

Los Angeles

No Super Bowl halftime show is big enough to hide the NFL ...

No halftime show is big (and Black) enough to hide the NFL’s latest controversy. Brian Flores' lawsuit alleging discrimination in NFL hiring should crumble the …

The National Football League’s tactic of using Black halftime performers and superficial shows of solidarity to distract from accusations of racism ran into an immovable object Tuesday: a class-action lawsuit. 

Former Miami Dolphins coach Brian Flores sued the league and three teams Tuesday over several allegations of racial discrimination. Here are just a few of his claims:

  • Flores, fired by the Dolphins last month, said team owner Stephen Ross encouraged him to lose games on purpose and was disappointed when Flores wouldn’t. 
  • Flores said Ross urged him to break league tampering rules by recruiting a “prominent quarterback” in the offseason.
  • Flores said the New York Giants and the Denver Broncos held interviews with him solely to comply with the “Rooney Rule,” an NFL policy requiring teams to interview external, minority candidates when hiring a new head coach or general manager.

The Pittsburgh Steelers' Mike Tomlin is the only Black coach left in the NFL, in which roughly 70 percent of players are Black. 

The lawsuit is exposing the league’s shameless pandering to Black people.

“My sincere hope is that by standing up against systemic racism in the NFL, others will join me to ensure that positive change is made for generations to come,” Flores said in a statement through his lawyers Tuesday. 

The Giants, Broncos and Dolphins all denied that racial discrimination was their reason for not hiring Flores. In a statement, the NFL claimed “diversity is core to everything we do,” and vowed to fight the suit, which the league said is “without merit.”

I’m interested in how Flores’ lawsuit shakes out. The story of prospective Black coaches and GMs being denied a fair shake while white mediocrity is rewarded has been written ad nauseam. So have critiques of the Rooney Rule, which Flores’ lawsuit echoed.

The rule's "effectiveness requires NFL teams to take it seriously, and not treat it as a formality that must be endured simply to formalize the predetermined hiring of a white coach,” according to Flores' complaint.

The rule has essentially turned into "an instance where guys just are checking a box," Flores said in an interview Wednesday.

Yet, as eager as I am to see the NFL’s meritocracy facade crumble, I’m equally excited that the lawsuit is exposing the league’s shameless pandering to Black people. 

Photo Illustration: An empty football field illuminated by lights
Justine Goode; MSNBC / Getty Images

It felt gross in 2019 when the NFL entered a partnership with Jay-Z's Roc Nation brand to help plan future Super Bowl halftime shows and play an important role in the league’s “Inspire Change” social justice initiative. The timing made it seem clear that all parties involved were looking to divert attention away from racism within the NFL — specifically, allegations that the league blackballed quarterback Colin Kaepernick for kneeling during the national anthem in support of racial justice.

The NFL’s apparent attempt to placate Black concerns using a familiar Black face became all the more obvious when Jay-Z infamously declared the league had “moved past kneeling” in 2019.

An ironic claim, no? In wavering from his previous stance not to perform for the NFL to adopting their stance against on-field protests, Jay-Z kneeled before the very oppressive forces he had ostensibly been hired to fight. But the highly criticized deal continued onward. 

And to what end? Well, we’ve gotten a Jennifer Lopez halftime show, a halftime show featuring The Weeknd, and this year, Jay-Z helped coordinate a Dr. Dre-led halftime show. The league would also argue they’ve helped Black causes by donating money through the “Inspire Change” initiative. 

But I’d argue the NFL has failed to clean up its own racism, as Flores' lawsuit argues. And there’s no sum of money — and no performance of “Nuthin’ But a 'G' Thang” — grand enough to buy Black silence.

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2022 Super Bowl Halftime Performers: Fans React

01-10-2021 · After it was announced on Thursday (Sept. 30) that Dr. Dre , Snoop Dogg , Eminem , Mary J. Blige and Kendrick Lamar are set to perform at the Pepsi Super Bowl LVI …


The annual announcement of the Super Bowl halftime lineup is always a big deal. But this year’s rundown has sent football and music fans into overdrive with anticipation thanks to its hip-hip and R&B talent.

After it was announced on Thursday (Sept. 30) that Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Mary J. Blige and Kendrick Lamar are set to perform at the Pepsi Super Bowl LVI Halftime Show at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Calif., on Feb. 13, 2022, Twitter users simply could not deal.

“Suddenly I’m a huge football fan,” read a tweet posted shortly after the lineup was revealed. Another responded, “This is hands down the greatest Superbowl halftime show of all time.”

Someone else pointed out that the gig is the capper to a pretty epic run for K.Dot, writing, “Kendrick Lamar multi Grammy winner, Pulitzer Prize winner, and now Super Bowl performer just a decade into his career. Insane.”

Then again, given the male contingent’s propensity for not-safe-for-prime-time rhymes, someone else was excited about the killer cast, but worried, “There’s going to be so many bleeps during the #HalftimeShow. Are we going to actually hear the songs?”

Believe it or not, the show — put together in partnership with the NFL, Pepsi and Jay-Z’s Roc Nation — will be the first time that all five superstars will perform together on stage. It will also be the first time that the Super Bowl will take place in Los Angeles in 30 years, being housed in the newly built stadium that is home to both the Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers. The show will air on NBC.

Check out some of the best reaction tweets below.

Kendrick Lamar multi Grammy winner, Pulitzer Prize winner, and now Super Bowl performer just a decade into his career. Insane.

— Wow 🦅 (@wowhespittin) September 30, 2021

This is hands down the greatest Superbowl halftime show of all time. 💯🔥🔥🔥

Also remember that JAY-Z has creative control over who performs every year at the Superbowl! 🐐

— Big John Boatright ⛎♐🔥🏹🐎 (@BigBoatright) October 1, 2021

Eminem really gave us all this in 24 hours

— elsa🔮 (@MurderARhyme) September 30, 2021

There’s going to be so many bleeps during the #HalftimeShow. Are we going to actually hear the songs?😫😫😫

Also, this lineup🥺🥺🥺🤌🏼

— imma just island boy✨🤌🏼 (@cameran_ryan) September 30, 2021

Oooooo the #HalftimeShow is gonna be gooooood this year!!!! Heyyyyyyyyyy

— kadirakali (@Kadirakali) October 1, 2021


— Ama 🥰🇲🇽🌵 (@Amarely2016) September 30, 2021

Super Bowl Halftime show feels a little 2001 and I am here for it. Inglewood’s always up to no good. #HalfTimeShow

— Amy Morris (@AmyJoMorris7) October 1, 2021

This is gonna be an epic moment in music's history❗🥶#HalfTimeShow #Halftime #eminem #SuperBowl #drdre #kendricklamar #maryjblige #SnoopDogg

— Amir🀄 (@amirerbs) September 30, 2021

Snoop Dogg at Super Bowl halftime show becoming even …

29-01-2022 · Snoop Dogg performing at Super Bowl halftime show becoming even worse look By ... Jac Collinsworth. Sunday, after NBC presented a Super Bowl halftime promo narrated by Snoop Dogg, he said, “That ...


Keepin’ it real. Let’s do it together.

Last Saturday, during CBS’s telecast of the Titans-Bengals playoff game, a commercial for Corona beer aired, starring Snoop Dogg, who, despite countless arrests for guns and drugs, has become a must-have to endorse products.

So what if he luridly degrades women as one of his stocks in trade if he can sell beer?

The night before that ad ran, NYPD officer Jason Rivera, 22, was shot dead with an assault rifle while responding to a domestic violence call in East Harlem. His partner, Wilbert Mora, 27, died from his wounds four days later.

And as I watched that Corona ad, I got to thinking about Snoop Dogg’s violently anti-police, pro-crime vile and vulgar “artistry,” mindful that Roger Goodell appointed and anointed Snoop Dogg the headliner at this year’s Super Bowl halftime.

Perhaps Goodell, also in the interest of keeping it real, would like to rap along with a “song” by Snoop and J5 Slap entitled, “Police.” Ready, Roger? It reads thusly:

“All you n—as out there,

Take your guns that you using to shoot each other

And start shooting these b—h-ass

mother-f–king police.

That’ll impress a mother-f–king n—a like me.”

Snoop Dogg
Getty Images

But Snoop’s Super Bowl selection doesn’t just meet with the approval of the NFL and “It’s All About Our Fans” Goodell. The halftime show and Snoop’s appearance is sponsored with the full, proud commercial and financial support of Pepsi, which seems eager to become the soft drink of hardcore.

Back to that charming, ahem, song. Ready Team Pepsi? It’s Karaoke Night! Here we go:

“Dipping through the city with a Glock in a Range Rove

If you sleeping probably not with the same hoe

Rock the same clothes rich n—as do

And rock by the same code till I’m a rich n—a too

I be in the club with the stick in my shoe

You call the f–king police like a bitch n—a do.”

Five NYPD officers have been shot in the first 20 days of this year. And the fellow chosen by the NFL and approved by Goodell to star in this year’s halftime produces, records, sells and profits from “artistry” advocating streets filled with the blood of cops and threats against those who would help solve the shootings of cops and civilians.

More? We’ll give this part to NBC’s NFL pregame panelist, Jac Collinsworth. Sunday, after NBC presented a Super Bowl halftime promo narrated by Snoop Dogg, he said, “That was our friend, Snoop.”

Roger Goodell

Is that right? He’s our friend? Come on up to the mic, Jac. Now, in the name of keepin’ it real, pick it up with this, the refrain from “our friend’s” charming ditty (with Master P), “Snitches”:

“Snitches snitches snitches

N—as be running they mouth just like b–ches …

Snitches snitches snitches

I got a slug for ya’ll mother-f–king snitches.”

Hey, Corona beer marketing department, your turn. Ready? Snoop Dogg has a video in which he sings a cover version of NWA’s “F–k the police” while holding his crotch in a courtroom. It’s an easy one. Just repeat after Snoop:

“F–k the po-lice! F–k the po-lice!”

I invite — dare, challenge — everyone — Goodell, the NFLPA, NFL team owners, the executive board at Pepsi and Corona, NBC Sports, young Collinsworth — to demonstrate the courage of their convictions to join with Snoop Dogg in any of his dozens of similarly depraved enterprises presented as entertainment.

Snoop Dogg performing in Kentucky with a photo of Hot Dogs

And now, just for added kicks, look up the lurid lyrics of two other Goodell-certified entertainers who will perform at this Super Bowl halftime, Eminem (“Just Don’t Give A F–k”) and crotch-grabbing Kendrick (“B–ch, Don’t Kill My Vibe”) Lamar.

This is what Roger Goodell thinks NFL audiences, of all ages, are worth on a Super Bowl Sunday. These acts are far beneath him as he has already admitted that he can’t repeat what Snoop Dogg raps. But he feels as if Snoop Dogg is perfect for you and yours — and professional football.

And it’s not as if previous Super Bowl halftime shows under Goodell’s classy, dignified guidance haven’t caused those who know right from wrong to ask why they’ve been dismissed as unworthy, disinvited as out of step with marching that points all of us backwards.

Why, under Goodell, have halftime shows been diving lower and lower? And why has he allowed such uncivil performers to be attached to a championship ball game?

Meanwhile, the classic “To Kill a Mockingbird,” has been removed from a Washington State school’s required reading list because it contains racial slurs.

And Goodell, the shameless million per pandering phony, slaps “Stop Hate” and “End Racism” along the backs of end zones and players’ helmets, then invites Snoop Dogg to be the star of the Super Bowl.

Maybe Snoop will be granted a police escort to the stadium. For his safety, of course.

Officer Rivera was 22. Officer Mora was 27. Just keepin’ it real.

Burke earned meteoric ascent

First and foremost, Brendan Burke — in his sixth year as the Islanders’ TV play-by-play man and now TNT’s national TV NHL voice, as is Kenny Albert — deserves all the good that suddenly rushed his way.

He calls a very clean, candid game, knows the rules, the players’ bios and slides in the parenthetical in a quick, no gimmicks professional manner. Again, clean, very clean.

As a matter of full, but irrelevant, disclosure, Burke is the son of Post Sports colleague Don Burke.

Islanders Brendan Burke NHL playoffs
Brendan Burke
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I suspect Burke treats intelligent hockey fans the way they prefer to be treated.

Yet his major league career came on the tail of a comet. Consider that, in 2017, he began the season as the radio voice of the Canucks’ AHL Utica Comets and ended it calling a Stanley Cup game on NBC. It’s hard to fly from Utica in less time.

And he has never gone back, though he has certainly looked back — starting with his five years calling Peoria Rivermen games, the Blues’ AHL affiliate.

Does Burke, 37, ever say, “Wow, that’s wild, that’s amazing?”

“To be honest,” he said Friday, “I do it every day!”

Wow! Fox found A-Rod

Still find it incredible that even in zero-degree, snow-flurried weather, ski cap pulled down over his head, Fox, during the 49ers-Packers game, was able to locate Fox’s and ESPN’s Alex Rodriguez in the stands.

What a catch! What a coincidence! But don’t you know? Everyone loves A-Rod!

NFL releases statement on Eminem kneeling during Super ...

14-02-2022 · Many called the Super Bowl 2022 halftime show the best of all time. However, even the "best" show had its controversy. At the end of the show that featured Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, 50 Cent, Kendrick ...


Many called the Super Bowl 2022 halftime show the best of all time. However, even the "best" show had its controversy. At the end of the show that featured Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, 50 Cent, Kendrick Lamar, and Mary J. Bilge, Eminem stirred up some controversy.

At the end of his song "Lose Yourself," the all-star rapper took a knee.

The act seemed to be in the spirit of the famous kneeling wave that has swept the NFL in past seasons. Rumor had it that the NFL told the rapper not to kneel during the show, but according to Fox News, the league has denied those allegations.

"That report was erroneous. We watched all elements of the show during multiple rehearsals this week and were aware that Eminem was going to do that," NFL spokesperson Brian McCarthy said.

Per the broadcast, the Super Bowl halftime show was the first rap-centric halftime concert. As such, it featured the biggest classic rap artists of the 1990s and early 2000s, appealing to those who grew up and spent their teen years listening to the artists.

Cooper Kupp: the real star of Super Bowl LVI

Super Bowl LVI - Los Angeles Rams v Cincinnati Bengals
Super Bowl LVI - Los Angeles Rams v Cincinnati Bengals

While plenty of stars, including Eminem, took to the field on Sunday, Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp rose above them all. The wide receiver proved to be the difference at key points throughout the game.

Early on, the wide receiver was double-teamed, opening up opportunities for Odell Beckham Jr. However, when the wide receiver went down with a severe knee injury, the Rams' hands were tied.

Do it to get a crown that will last forever.

9:02 AM · Feb 13, 2022

Do it to get a crown that will last forever.

They avoided Kupp as he was now getting double and triple-teamed, attempting instead to get the ball to Van Jefferson and Ben Skowronek. After a couple of quarters of offensive failures, the Rams decided they had no choice.

They had to risk throwing to Kupp in double and triple-coverage. Despite the attention, Kupp proved to be able to create windows for Matthew Stafford to throw.

Cooper Kupp's full season (21 games): * 178 catches, 2,425 yards, 22 TD* NFL regular season receiving triple crown* Unanimous All-Pro* Most catches in a single postseason (33)* NFL Offensive Player of the Year* Super Bowl MVP

One of the greatest individual seasons ever.

7:25 AM · Feb 13, 2022

Cooper Kupp's full season (21 games): * 178 catches, 2,425 yards, 22 TD* NFL regular season receiving triple crown* Unanimous All-Pro* Most catches in a single postseason (33)* NFL Offensive Player of the Year* Super Bowl MVPOne of the greatest individual seasons ever.

On the game-winning drive of the game, Kupp essentially took over the contest, eventually catching the final go-ahead touchdown on a goal-line fade route. But Stafford didn't throw it like a fade.

Instead, he threw it to Kupp's outside shoulder. The wide receiver was able to adjust and catch the game-winning touchdown.


Thanks to a performance in which the wide receiver caught eight passes for 92 yards and two touchdowns, including a clutch run for seven yards on a Jet Sweep on a crucial fourth-down, the wide receiver from Eastern Washington University (and this writer's alma mater) won the Super Bowl MVP.

Edited by LeRon Haire

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Hip Hop Carnival! - Super Bowl Half Time Show 2022 ...

14-02-2022 · Super Bowl HalfTime Show 2022 – Have some nostalgic vibes. This time’s Super Bowl Half Time 2022 is also special because Los Angeles hosting the National Football League championship for the first time in three decades.


Last night was a super exciting and star-stud moment for all those who attended the Super Bowl 56 half time show 2022. One of the most awaited and power-packed event, which make everyone go crazy.

That’s what exactly happened last night where some iconic artists surprised everyone and raised the bar of the show.

Source: NewsFeed

It created history as well because for the first time hip-hop community headed to the Superbowl that consist of real OG rappers who made everyone go nostalgic. Not only that they took a knee protest against racial justice and paid real tribute to the legend 2Pac aka Tupac Shukar.

Source: Billboard

Artists include Dr.DRE, Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar, 50 Cent, Eminem, and Mary J. Blige these artists lift the bar of the Super Bowl Half-time show. Legit no saw it coming, the way everyone put their efforts including dancers also made the performances power pack.

Super Bowl HalfTime Show 2022 – Have some nostalgic vibes

This time’s Super Bowl Half Time 2022 is also special because Los Angeles hosting the National Football League championship for the first time in three decades.

Source: Forbes

The way Super Bowl Half Time Show 2022 began was crazy, the presentation and the setup insane.  The opening performance began with Snoop Dogg and Dr.Dre performing Next Episode and California Love which made people move on rhythm.

Tribute to the legend Tupac Shukar who lost his life in a misunderstanding gang fight. Then someone special made a cameo and let everyone to fell in the deep nostalgia.

Source: Google

From East Coast, 50 Cent appeared with his iconic ‘In Da Club’ upside down and made managed to show his existence.

Source: Forbes

Right after him, Mary kicked off with her Family Affair and made everyone swing with her music. Then Kendrick Lamar who also featured in 2015’s most anticipated albums. He made an appearance in his style and performed ‘Alright’ with the black men surrounding him.

Marshal Matters in the house!

Last but not the least, the big man who always stood up for the black people and was always surrounded by them. Eminem joined others with his Oscar-winning soundtrack ‘Lose Yourself’ which smashed the Super Bowl Half Time Show.

Source: Billboard

Ended his performance with a knee protest an act that was performed by former NFL player quarterback Colin Kaepernick invoked social justice.

Although no doubt, NFL warned Marshal, he doesn’t give a damn and do what he loves to. On his knee act, NFL was aware of Eminem’s knelt thing according to the New York Times.

Source: NYPost

Roc Nation an entertainment and sports company led by Jay-Z partnered with NFL. Under the Roc Nation guidance, such a thing happened, up till now Roc Nation declined to comment on Eminem’s act.

Even McCarthy said that, “players, coaches, and personnel were free to have taken a knee before Sunday’s game and that no one has been disciplined for taking a knee.”s

Source: Billboard

Meanwhile, Dr. Dre sat on the piano to play the iconic and unforgettable notes of his super hit STILL DRE before everyone joined him to wrap up the mega hip-hop night of the Super Bowl Half Time Show.

Source: GQ

For those of you who don’t know, DR.DRE was the main man, the whole event centered around him,  all of the  artists who appeared collaborated with him, and mainly performances were from Dre’s album “2001.”

Live reactions from NBA players & other celebrities

Soon the live Super Bowl Half Time Show began, people couldn’t resist tweeting their excitement. NBA players also jumped into the hip-hop celebration and expressed their super-shocking feeling.

Brooklyn Nets James Harden wrote, “Best halftime show ever!” LA Lakers King James wrote, “OMG!!!!!!!!! WOW WOW WOW!!!!!!!! THE GREATEST HALFTIME SHOW I’VE EVER SEEN!!!”


— LeBron James (@KingJames) February 14, 2022

Dave Zirin from Edge of Sports highlighted the moment when Kendrick Lamar appeared with the Imagine Dragons and wrote, “Easily the best halftime show ever, after Prince. Yes, it will launch 10000 critiques –

Easily the best halftime show ever, after Prince. Yes it will launch 10000 critiques – and the NFL is beyond shady for projecting Black culture while denying Black opportunity – but that was epic.

— Dave Zirin (@EdgeofSports) February 14, 2022

and the NFL is beyond shady for projecting Black culture while denying Black opportunity – but that was epic.”

Les Brown wrote, “I have no trouble as an older guy appreciating this halftime show or recognizing the stars — ‘63 Impalas!!! My lane.”

Bleacher Report Tweeted with the image of 50 Cent appearing upside down, “Seeing 50 in the halftime show.”

Host of the Broncos Podcast, Troy Renck wrote “Cap tip Dre, Snoop, Mary J, 50 Cent, Kendrick and Eminem. Terrific show. Nothing will top Prince in rain in Miami. But that was nice.”

Cap tip Dre, Snoop, Mary J, 50 Cent, Kendrick and Eminem. Terrific show. Nothing will top Prince in rain in Miami. But that was nice. #Denver7

— Troy Renck (@TroyRenck) February 14, 2022

Cowboy Dallas’s reporter, Michael Gehlken wrote, “Subtle nod to Tupac Shakur during the halftime show, Dr. Dre briefly playing “I Ain’t Mad at Cha” on piano. One highlight to an incredible performance.”

Mark Kaboly looks overwhelmed with the Super Bowl Half-Time Show, “Damn. Damn.

Damn. Damn.I think this halftime show needs to have an asterisk making sure that people realize the difference between this one and everyone every other one in the history of the Super Bowl.

Well done.

Bengals Have Halftime Show Controversy: NFL World Reacts

05-03-2022 · (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) A pretty big controversy within the Cincinnati Bengals ‘ organization came to light this week, and rookie kicker Evan McPherson is at the center of it. Ahead...


A pretty big controversy within the Cincinnati Bengals‘ organization came to light this week, and rookie kicker Evan McPherson is at the center of it.

Ahead of Super Bowl 56, McPherson expressed how excited he was for the halftime show featuring legends like Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg.

“I’ll be super bummed if we can’t at least watch it on a TV or something,” McPherson told TMZ before the game. “I hope I get to watch it. I hope I get to be out there to experience it.”

McPherson turned his dream into a reality. When both the Rams and Bengals went to the locker room during halftime of Super Bowl 56, McPherson stayed out on the field to enjoy the show.

Video: Evan McPherson having the time of his

— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) February 14, 2022

The Bengals weren’t and still aren’t happy with Evan McPherson’s decision. In fact, it appears to have caused an internal conflict.

“That’s a sore subject,” Simmons said, via Jay Morrison of The Athletic. “That’s a real sore subject.”

Seriously? What would a kicker have provided regarding halftime adjustments? This would be a non-story if the Bengals won the game.

Evan McPherson could’ve hit Snoop Dogg’s blunt at halftime and I wouldn’t care.

Buddy booted game winners all postseason.

— Drew Garrison (@DrewGarrison) March 4, 2022

Evan McPherson went 14 for 14 in the postseason, and drilled the two biggest kicks in the history of the franchise.

He can spend halftimes doing whatever he wants as far as I'm concerned.

But I'm not his coach.

— Mo Egger (@MoEgger) March 4, 2022

It's a shame Evan McPherson gets recognized for something that is a "sore subject" by his coaches but not for his achievements throughout his rookie season.

— Isabelle (@IsabelleMM2) March 4, 2022

Now we know damn well Evan McPherson would’ve put the game winner through the uprights had he had the chance. Redirect your anger elsewhere.

— Sourdeath Sam (@SourdeathSam) March 4, 2022

Simmons absolutely did not find Evan McPherson’s halftime audible at the Super Bowl as amusing as the rest of us.

— Ben Baby (@Ben_Baby) March 4, 2022

With that being said, McPherson is a member of the team, even if he’s just a kicker. He probably should have joined his teammates in the locker room.

In the end, it wasn’t McPherson’s fault the Bengals lost the Super Bowl. But it certainly seems like the team is trying to place the blame on him.

Super Bowl Halftime Show 2022: Do not invite Tupac's hologram.

02-10-2021 · Dre and Snoop Dogg. The Super Bowl … Oh no. No!!! There’s a nonzero chance that the 2022 Super Bowl Halftime Show will surprise us with the return of …


As if it were some mischievous football team known for running trick plays, the Super Bowl Halftime Show has, for many years, deployed as its primary weapon the element of surprise.

Sometimes this surprise has been nonconsensual and offensive: Justin Timberlake forcing Janet Jackson’s wardrobe malfunction; Bruce Springsteen ending his knee slide by slamming his crotch directly into a camera beaming out to a billion people; Maroon 5 appearing, for some reason. In better years, the surprise is actually a delight, like Katy Perry riding a gigantic mechanical lion and later getting flanked by hapless dancing sharkmen, or Beyoncé and an army of leather-clad women crashing Coldplay’s performance to debut “Formation” and pay tribute to the Black Panthers, Michael Jackson, and the Black Lives Matter movement all at once.

Other times, it comes in the form of megawatt tandem performances we didn’t know we needed: J. Lo and Shakira; Madonna, Nicki Minaj, and M.I.A.; Prince, a thunderstorm, and a giant stage and wailing guitar both shaped in his love power symbol, a synecdoche for the Purple One himself.

At its best, if we are lucky, the 2022 Pepsi Super Bowl LVI Halftime Show in Los Angeles will add to this supergroup-style performance pantheon. On Thursday night, much of social media fell over themselves at the announcement that next February’s show will be headlined by L.A. hip-hop legends Kendrick Lamar, Dr. Dre, and Snoop Dogg, along with their non-Angeleno friends Mary J. Blige and Eminem With a Beard.

Los Angeles, 2.13.2022 #PepsiHalftime show. @NBCSports @pepsi @NFL @RocNation #SBLVI

— Kendrick Lamar (@kendricklamar) September 30, 2021

Whoa! Indeed, my first reaction to this news was also to be thrilled. I love Kendrick, and I have as much affection for Dre and Snoop’s classic collaborations from The Chronic and 2001 as the next guy. Mary J. Blige is an incredibly talented legend in her own right, and Eminem … Eminem is also a famous person. This grouping is a brilliant idea, even if ESPN’s Bomani Jones has pitched it himself for at least seven years. At first, this reveal seemed to promise that the Halftime Show is going to be extremely fun, as well as dope, phat, chill, fly, sick, and the bomb.

But perhaps we are not so lucky. After giddily imagining what such a concert could look like, I had a horrible realization: Los Angeles. Hip-hop legends. Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg. The Super Bowl … Oh no. No!!! There’s a nonzero chance that the 2022 Super Bowl Halftime Show will surprise us with the return of the terrifying, unspeakable Tupac Shakur hologram. To be clear, I’m speculating; neither the organizers nor the performers have announced that the hologram will appear, nor have they directly hinted that it will. (I’ve reached out to representatives of the show’s organizers—Roc Nation, the NFL, and Pepsi—to ask if it will happen, or if the possibility has been discussed. If I receive a reply, I will update this article.) But unfortunately, I’m convinced that “nonzero chance” is an understatement. It’s definitely going to happen.

The hologram of the late rap luminary debuted, you’ll recall, at the 2012 iteration of Coachella—the music festival that also takes place in Southern California. You may not recall that this 2012 appearance also came during a headline performance by Dre, Snoop, and Eminem. Back then, hands were wrung, thinkpieces were thinkposted, and everyone was generally both horrified and astonished. Wasn’t this reanimation … wrong? Do we really need to live in a world where uncanny, creepy virtual projections of deceased musical icons perform for paying crowds for eternity? Don’t we, as a species, all deserve to be punished for conceiving of and manifesting such a thing? (The answers are yes, no, and yes.)

On top of everything: 2012. That means 2022 is the 10-year anniversary of its debut. Goddammit. The signs are all there from this Halftime Show’s simple announcement alone: The hologram’s return is inescapable. There’s no stopping this.

I can see it now: The group will run through a medley of snippets from the superstar lineup’s hits—“Alright,” “Humble” or “All the Stars,” maybe “Loyalty,” featuring Rihanna as a surprise guest, and whatever the new Kendrick single is; “Nuthin’ but a G Thang,” “Forgot About Dre,” and “Still D.R.E.”; “The Real Slim Shady,” “Love the Way You Lie” also featuring Rihanna, and “Lose Yourself”; Mary J.’s “Real Love” and “Family Affair” … and then the show will really start.

The lights will go down, except for some tasteful ones beaming up from the stage to the jumbotron screens showing Nipsey Hussle, the legendary L.A. rapper and activist tragically gunned down in 2019 at age 33. John Legend and DJ Khaled will come out, and the whole group will perform a bit of their Nipsey tribute song “Higher.” And then the arena will go completely dark. Legend will start playing the piano chords to “Changes.” Mary J. Blige will sing the “ooh yeahs” and the hook, accompanied by a Los Angeles children’s choir on the field. And then he’ll emerge at center stage: The hologram, performing in Tupac’s voice, backed up by everyone else onstage, rapping a cleaned-up verse. Blige and the choir will sing the chorus again. Then the hologram will do the spoken word part where Pac goes, “Let’s change the way we eat, let’s change the way we live, and let’s change the way we treat each other.” That will end the song, but not the spectacle. No, it will transition into something much more upbeat: “California Love.” That’s the finale, the song the show will end on. The stadium will go nuts.

NBC, NFL, Dre, Kendrick, Halftime Show “curator” Jay-Z, Pepsi, family of Tupac Shakur, I am begging you all: Don’t do this. Please.

You may feel that the mere possibility of using the hologram is too rare and too alluring to resist. I know it is tempting. I understand that the unparalleled stage and element of surprise you think it has, and the anniversary of the hologram’s debut, setting, and impact of the moment all create overwhelming intersecting incentives to do it. There is obviously no greater L.A. hip-hop legend than Tupac. We all agree.

But reviving holographic Tupac for such a spectacle—dopefied as this spectacle may otherwise be—will turn a concert that is already amazingly fun and grandiose and historic into something grotesque. Sure, yes: Do a Tupac tribute—please! But do not use the hologram. Have Kendrick, Snoop, and Eminem rap Tupac’s parts in “Changes” and “California Love” instead. Or just play a recording on the jumbotron of Tupac doing it while he was alive! That will all be much better and more moving and less fraught with technological horror. And it will be enough—more than enough. It will be great. You do not need the hologram to go big, or to pay proper tribute to the man, his legend, and all that they mean to the city. If you do use the hologram (and I know you want to), instead of the world talking about an amazing performance by an all-star bill in the perfect setting, everyone will instead only be talking about the hologram, and hemming and hawing about it all over again, at an even higher pitch than last time after Coachella. It will go on for days.

And look: Now that I’ve published this piece, the surprise is ruined! All 1 billion people watching the Super Bowl will have already read this piece while they’re tuning in, and they’ll see it coming. So really, Super Bowl Halftime Show, you should be thanking me. Because I’m not ruining the surprise that you think the hologram will be; I’m trying to save you—to save all of us—from yourself.

A technological maxim you may have heard is that just because you can do something, doesn’t mean you should. The Tupac hologram will anger and upset a large portion of the audience and perhaps even some family and friends who knew and loved Shakur, who remember that he was not just an icon but a real man who lived. Some of those people may talk to the press and voice their anger and hurt at what you did. People who otherwise will have only praise for you will turn on you in an effort to score a political and moral win. It’s too risky.

We’ll have to hear Al Michaels and Chris Collinsworth talk about it. We’ll have to read takes like the one you’re reading—horrible right?—and debates between radio and TV hosts nationwide about whether it was a beautiful tribute or a terrible offense. Charlamagne tha God and company will make the performance the centerpiece of The Breakfast Club. Every late-night comedy host will talk about it—yes, even James Corden. There’ll be an SNL skit. Joe Biden—or at minimum Jen Psaki—will be asked about it. Psaki will quote Tupac lyrics in a reply that she and her fans will think are very clever and cool but is in fact extraordinarily cringe. Tucker Carlson and/or Ben Shapiro will make hay out of the entertainment industry, NFL, NBC, and Socialist America thumbing their noses at death while glorifying the memory of “a gangster” who “pal’d around with killers.” It will be so, so, so exhausting. It’s not worth it.

I’m already exhausted. The past several years have made abundantly clear just how much we cannot have and how little we deserve any nice things. What makes this possibility—this inevitability—so depressing is that without holographic Tupac, the show really could be incredible. With this lineup of beloved living people, you basically cannot miss. But I know the world, the NFL, NBC, Pepsi, and this show too well. Super Bowl Halftime Show, I know you won’t be able to resist. You think that everyone will lose their shit and that it will be unforgettable and legendary. That just because you can do the biggest possible thing at the Super Bowl Halftime Show—bring back a digital facsimile of a beloved dead icon—you should. You’re thinking that maybe you should add a new Nipsey hologram too, as a spin on things. You think it will be an amazing surprise, that it will “create a conversation,” and that it will go viral. Pac was right: Some things will never change.

11 of the Most Controversial Super Bowl Halftime Shows

From Janet Jackson's wardrobe malfunction to Katy Perry's wayward "Left Shark."

The Super Bowl Halftime Show is a major American tradition—and, given the blockbuster audiences each year, it’s one rife with opportunities for performers to make a mess of their moment onstage.

For this year’s Super Bowl LIII, taking place in Atlanta, Georgia on Feb. 3, Maroon 5 will headline with rappers Travis Scott and Big Boi also on the musical lineup. The Super Bowl 2019 Halftime Show has already stirred up its fair share of controversy well in advance of showtime, so there’s no doubt that this this year’s event will be scrutinized closely.

But before Super Bowl LIII kicks off between the New England Patriots and Los Angeles Rams, take some time to get caught up to speed on the history of Super Bowl Halftime Show controversies. Here 11 of the most controversial things to have happened at halftime show performances over the last few decades of televised football history, from Janet Jackson’s infamous wardrobe malfunction to some lesser-known showtime flops. And prepare to keep a close eye on this year’s events as they unfold.

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In the first few decades of halftime shows, the performers were marching bands or Disney floats—not quite the spectacle we’ve become accustomed to. That changed in 1989, when the NFL went for a 1950s-theme extravaganza showcasing the talents of one “Elvis Presto,” an Elvis-Presley-impersonator-slash-magician who bizarrely attempted to perform the world’s “largest card trick” mixed with a song-and-dance routine (and, yes, audience participation was required). Another pitfall of the year: millions of sets of 3D glasses were distributed to viewers, but the technology did not end up being up to par for primetime.

For the first time, major star power was booked for 1991’s halftime show. But in a twist, most audiences didn’t even see the performance, as the network aired a news report about the ongoing Gulf War instead of giving audiences escapism in the form of New Kids on the Block. The group was paired up with a chorus of children dressed up in cutesy costumes—this was a Disney-produced show, after all—and ended up playing the sappy tune “This One’s for the Children” instead of any of their bigger hits.

Olympic champion skaters Brian Boitano and Dorothy Hamill were brought onto center field to show off their skills on ice for 1992’s event, a choice that proved to be a mismatch between the football audience and ice skating fans. The winter-themed showcase (“Winter Magic” was the title) featured a series of old-school dances leading up to the Boitano and Hamill spotlights. Both skaters were positioned on separate, tiny synthetic ice rinks, leaving them little space to move all that much. Luckily, singer Gloria Estefan finished off the show on a stronger note.

1995 was an interesting year in Halftime Show history; produced by Disney, the show decided to go with an Indiana Jones reenactment on center field featuring a Harrison Ford impersonator and a veritable army of grass-skirted male dancers paying homage to the game trophy. (This was just before the opening of Disney’s Indiana Jones theme park ride—a not-so-subtle bit of promo.) Patti LaBelle and Tony Bennett also made incongruous appearances.

At the end of a high-energy show headlined by Jackson and her crew of hardworking dancers, Jackson and surprise guest Justin Timberlake made the unimaginable happen, and 140 million viewers were briefly exposed to on-air nudity in what would soon be called “Nipplegate.” The fallout was swift and vicious, as Jackson was targeted for the indecent exposure in a moral and legal crusade. Much of the rest of her performance’s high notes—including shout-outs to the audience to reject bigotry, prejudice, and ignorance—have since been forgotten, overshadowed by the scandalous display.

The flash, by the way, lasted 9/16 of a second.

In a virtuoso solo show, Prince put on the spectacle of a lifetime. The controversial part wasn’t his iconic playing, though—it was his use of an unusually-shaped guitar that inspired comparisons to phallic imagery. During his rendition of “Purple Rain,” he had his silhouette displayed on a large, blank, flowing sheet, leading to the projection of an outsized shadow that seemed potentially too risqué for TV.

A rendition of “Sweet Child O’ Mine”, performed by the Black Eyed Peas’s Fergie singing the part of legendary Guns ‘n’ Roses star Axl Rose and accompanied by famed guitarist Slash, left most viewers scratching their heads at the vocalist’s over-acted, over-stylized delivery and suggestive dancing. (The rest of the show—a future-themed affair helmed by the Black Eyed Peas—also left viewers cold.)

In the midst of Madonna’s show, guest performer M.I.A. slipped in a little politically-incorrect gesture of her own. Over 200 complaints flooded in to the Federal Communications Commission, the NFL and NBC made a public apology for the slip-up, and the NFL sought over million in damages from the outspoken Sri Lankan singer. Ultimately, she reached a confidential settlement with the league—and future performers were reminded of the sensitivity of American audiences to public obscenity.

While feedback was generally positive for headliner Bruno Mars, the secondary performance by rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers inspired some controversy of its own when viewers noted that the musicians’ instruments were actually unplugged. The band’s bassist, Flea, later explained that given time limits and the need for technical perfection, the NFL requested a prerecorded version of the bass, drums, and guitar, and left the band no room for argument on the matter.

“The NFL does not want to risk their show being botched by bad sound, period,” he wrote on the band’s website, although purists still weren’t pleased.

Katy Perry’s poppy, colorful Super Bowl set was filled with animatronic stage sets and goofy costumed “palm trees,” but in the end, it was the Left Shark that stood out and stole the show, breaking from choreography to go rogue with a few improvisational moves. Instantly made viral, most people were amused by the dancer’s onstage bumbling—but the story didn’t quite end there. Perry’s lawyers actually prosecuted people trying to make and sell copycat shark costumes.

Coldplay was 2016’s official headliner, but when Beyoncé showed up with a troupe of dancers for the Black-Panther-inspired “Formation” debut, she stole the show completely—and inspired plenty of controversy for its racial-justice-associated theme. Strung with a bandolier of bullets across her chest, Queen Bey showed America that she was more than just a pop vocalist, foreshadowing her transformation with Lemonade into a voice for black womanhood. Even Saturday Night Live recognized the surprise performance with a skit.

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Super Bowl LVI will be the 56th Super Bowl and the 52nd modern-era National Football League (NFL) championship. The game is scheduled to be played on February 13, 2022, at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California.[1][3][4] It will be the eighth Super Bowl hosted by the Greater Los Angeles area, with the last one being Super Bowl XXVII in 1993, held at the Rose Bowl, and the first in the city of Inglewood. The game will be televised nationally by NBC.

Host selection

SoFi Stadium in November 2021

In contrast to previous Super Bowl bidding processes, no bids were accepted for Super Bowl LVI. The bids for Super Bowl LIII, Super Bowl LIV and Super Bowl LV were all drawn from the same pool of candidates in a meeting on May 24, 2016. Atlanta, Miami, Los Angeles, and Tampa Bay were the four candidates for the three contests; Atlanta received Super Bowl LIII, Miami received Super Bowl LIV, and Los Angeles (who declined to bid on Super Bowl LIV and was not eligible for Super Bowl LIII) was granted Super Bowl LV.

On May 18, 2017, authorities announced that the Los Angeles stadium opening, originally scheduled for the start of the 2019 season, had been delayed an additional year to 2020. As a result, at the league's owners meetings in Chicago on May 23, 2017, the league re-awarded Super Bowl LV to the lone remaining candidate, Tampa Bay, and awarded Super Bowl LVI to Los Angeles.[5]

As a result of the league expanding the regular season from a 16-game schedule to 17 games, Super Bowl LVI will be the first Super Bowl to be held on the second Sunday in February.[1]


Halftime show

The halftime show will be headlined by Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Mary J. Blige, and Kendrick Lamar.[2]

Media coverage

United States

Under the NFL's current television contracts, Super Bowl LVI was to have been broadcast by CBS, as part of the annual cycle among the three main broadcast television partners of the NFL. For the first time, the Super Bowl is scheduled on a date that falls within the date range of an ongoing Olympics event, the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. Typically in the past major television events have been rescheduled during Olympic years to avoid clashing with the games.[6] Fellow NFL broadcaster NBC holds the broadcast rights to the Olympics, and primetime coverage of the Games on that night, if any, would have had to compete with the Super Bowl—potentially diluting viewership and advertising revenue for both events.[7][8] To maximize U.S. viewership and provide value to NBC's rights,[9] marquee events in recent Games (such as figure skating) have sometimes been deliberately scheduled to allow live broadcasts in North American primetime hours whenever feasible.[10][11] There is also an unspoken gentleman's agreement between the NFL's broadcasters to not air competing original programming against the Super Bowl.[12]

On March 13, 2019, CBS announced that it had agreed to trade Super Bowl LVI with NBC in exchange for Super Bowl LV, thus both Super Bowl LVI and the 2022 Winter Olympics will be televised by NBC. As with Super Bowl LII, which fell prior to the 2018 Winter Olympics, NBC will be able to maximize its advertising revenue by encouraging sponsors to buy time for both events; the network estimated it would take in a combined

.4 billion from advertising sales for the two events in 2018.[13] CBS was able to follow up its Super Bowl with another high-profile sporting event it broadcast in 2021, the NCAA Final Four, to which the network holds the rights only in odd-numbered years. This led critics to suggest that the NFL had become willing to break the traditional Super Bowl rotation if it can be used to bolster other major sporting events a network airs afterwards.[14][7][8]

NBC subsequently announced in November 2021 that a block of coverage for the Games will air after Super Bowl LVI in lieu of new entertainment programming.[15][16]

The game will be broadcast in Spanish by NBC's sister network Telemundo, marking the first time that a dedicated Spanish-language telecast will air on broadcast television.[17]


In the United Kingdom and Ireland, the game is televised on the free-to-air channel BBC One and paid-subscription channel Sky Showcase (as well as its sister channels Sky Sports Main Event and NFL). It will be carried on radio via BBC Radio 5 Live. [18]


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External links

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Super Bowl 2020 Halftime Show Controversy: Who Turned It ...

02-02-2020 · The Super Bowl halftime show is watched by millions of people every year, and this year should be no different. Recently, performing at the Super Bowl has been somewhat controversial. Pink...


Getty Pepsi Super Bowl LIV Halftime Show Performers Jennifer Lopez(R) and Shakira hold a press conference at the press conference at the Hilton Miami Downtown January 30, 2020 in Miami.

The Super Bowl halftime show is watched by millions of people every year, and this year should be no different. Recently, performing at the Super Bowl has been somewhat controversial. Pink reportedly turned down the opportunity to perform at the 2020 Super Bowl Halftime Show, joining other artists who have turned down the show in past years.

This year, Jennifer Lopez and Shakira will take the stage for the Super Bowl halftime show, making it the first time that two Latina recording artists will perform on stage together. The performers are promising an energetic performance and a tribute to Latino culture.

The women were not the first people offered the gig though. Pink told Billboard in late October 2019 that she was given the opportunity to perform in the 2020 Super Bowl.

Pink Wanted to Avoid Persecution


Pink pointed to the scrutiny that often hits artists who choose to perform the halftime show, especially on social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook.

She also emphasized her support for Colin Kaepernick, who took a knee during the performance of the National Anthem during games to protest police brutality. She said she would have dropped to her knee in solidarity if she had chosen to perform.

“I’d probably take a knee and get carried out,” she told Billboard. She went on to talk about who would get the performance in her place.

“They should give it to Janet Jackson…” she said. “There’s rumblings around J. Lo, Rhianna. They all deserve it. They should only give it, because of the controversy, to African-American or Latina women for awhile.”

Pink has no plans to ever perform at the Super Bowl halftime show. She has, however, performed the National Anthem at the game in 2018.

The “First” Controversial Halftime Show Was in 2003

In 2004, Justin Timberlake and Janet Jackson took the stage for half-time at the Super Bowl. While performing, Janet Jackson had a huge wardrobe malfunction, and the show stayed away from pop performers for a number of years afterward.

Since 2011, performers have included The Black Eyed Peas, Madonna, Beyoncé, Bruno Mars, Coldplay, Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake and Maroon 5. Most acts brought guest performers to deliver a more energetic show.

Because of the NFL’s stance on Colin Kaepernick, stars have been turning down the Super Bowl Half Time show regularly since 2019.

In 2018, it was reported that Rihanna turned down the opportunity to perform in solidarity with Kaepernick. Adele said she turned down the show for 2017, though an NFL statement said she was never offered it.

“First of all, I’m not doing the Super Bowl,” Adele told her audience at a show in Los Angeles. “I mean, come on, that show is not about music. And I don’t really… I can’t dance or anything like that. They were very kind, they did ask me, but I did say no.”

Other artists that have turned down the show include Jay-Z and Cardi B. The latter said she refused to perform at the Super Bowl until Kaepernick is rehired.

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