Super Bowl LVIII is arguably going to be the biggest American sporting event of the year. The Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers are set to face off in this year’s game. As usual, there are plenty of theatrics surrounding the game.
One notable event taking place before kickoff is Andra Day performing the “Lift Every Voice and Sing” song. It is otherwise known as the Black national anthem. However, one notable politician is boycotting the Super Bowl because this song is being performed.
Matt Gaetz Protesting Super Bowl LVIII
Florida politician Matt Gaetz revealed that he planned on protesting Super Bowl LVIII. The specific reason mentioned was that he opposed the performance of the Black national anthem. Gaetz announced this by tweeting the following:
“Wife: Today is the Super Bowl!
Me: We aren’t watching.
Me: They’re desecrating America’s National Anthem by playing something called the “Black National Anthem.”
Wife: Does that mean Cardi is performing?”
This is not even the first year the Black national anthem has been performed before the Super Bowl. Shortly before Super Bowl LVII, “Lift Every Voice and Sing” was performed by Sheryl Lee Ralph. It started being performed live in Super Bowl LVI, when it was performed by Mary Mary.
Matt Gaetz’s Other Issues
This may be a stronger statement if it was not coming from a politician who was dealing with his own issues. Gaetz is currently in the middle of an investigation that involves alleged sex trafficking of a minor. Originally, the charges against Gaetz for this were dismissed. However, cooperation from a key witness could potentially result in this case reopening once again.
Fans React to Protest
Several NFL fans had a lot to say about Gaetz’s alleged protest. They did not forget that he was under investigation for the case mentioned above either. Here is what some fans had to say about it:
“So I want to make sure I understand this you’re depriving yourself of something you like, football, because of your racism. First, I don’t believe you, you will watch it, and second whether you watch or not makes no difference whatsoever. Although you might be busy on Venmo.”
“Fascism can’t exist if anything else does without fascism’s imprint on it. That’s the key to Trump and these turds. It’s why they’re always weighing in on every national event and trend and tradition. Nothing can be bigger than the state. Trump flags need to fly over everything.”
“Don’t politicize everything! Enjoy the game #SuperBowl”
“I look forward to your arrest and removal from office. Like an NFL coach being fired, it’s a matter of when, not if. I’ll come visit you in Starke.”