Jay-Z and Beyoncé were making headlines this week regarding their controversial ‘sit down’ during the National Anthem at Super Bowl LIV. But, it seems that the public may have had a misconception as to why the couple remained seated for such a patriotic moment. It wasn’t as deep as many would think it was.
It turns out that the couple wasn’t trying to show any sign of disrespect and did not have to do with any political stance or rebellion.
But, to the eyes of the viewers around the world, many were outraged. Many fans immediately took to Twitter to call out the couple for being “disrespectful.”
Others even claimed that the couple was modeling after Colin Kaepernick by making a “silent protest” against an anthem that “shows pride for a country that oppresses” African Americans and minorities.
But, it seems that none of these reasons were true.
So then, what was the reason? What could possibly be the real reason for the couple to not stand during the National Anthem?
After all, Jay-Z was in the media for supposedly trying to sway J.Lo from making a political stance during her halftime show performance. So why would he make a political stance himself?
And Beyoncé? Why would she take a political stance against the National Anthem when she, herself,
has sang countless National Anthems as a solo artist and during her days as a member of Destiny’s Child.
Well during an appearance at Columbia University on Feb. 4, the Jay-Z set the record straight on his and Beyoncé’s decision to remain seated after being asked if they were trying to “convey a signal.”
“It actually wasn’t. Sorry.” Jay-Z said, according to a video obtained by TMZ. “It really wasn’t.”
He continued, that the two of them “immediately jumped into ‘artist mode’” as soon as singer Yolanda Adams took the stage and remained seated because they were so focused on the functionality of each musical performance.
“I’m really just looking at the show. The mic start. Was it too low to start?” the rapper explained. “So the whole time we’re sitting there, we were talking about the performance.”
So wait, does that mean that he wasn’t thinking anything ‘political’ at all during the performance?
He continues, “And then right after that, Demi comes out, and we’re talking about how beautiful she looks and how she sounds, and what she has gone through in her life for her to be on the stage. And we’re so proud of her.”
So the case is finally solved, Jay-Z and Beyoncé weren’t making a political statements at the Super Bowl. But, instead they were simply just two artists captivated by the musical performances and the logistics of the show.