Pink Floyd's Roger Waters is pushing for this year's Super Bowl halftime show entertainers to kneel in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick during their upcoming performances on Sunday.
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In a Wednesday Facebook post that featured footage of Waters himself taking a knee at one of his concert events, the Pink Floyd co-founder encouraged his fans and followers to sign a petition encouraging the performers to drop out of the Super Bowl LIII halftime show in Atlanta.
At the time of this report, the petition — which also features a link to encourage all of the performers to take a knee during their performances — currently had more than 113,000 signatures.
The performers — Maroon 5, Travis Scott, and Big Boi — are set to take the stage amid a cloud of controversy after agreeing to perform for the halftime show.
Waters captioned his video, "This is my band taking a knee at the end of a gig in Hartford, Connecticut, on Sunday 24th of September 2017. We did it in solidarity with San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick's gesture of protest against the endemic racism and often deadly force meted out by police departments across this land."
"It was the third Sunday of Colin Kaepernick's lockout by the NFL," Waters' posting continued. "The message was clear, 'Shut your mouth, boy!' Next Sunday will be the 36th Sunday he has been locked out of your national game."
"This is not a victory for the NFL, it is a defeat, you have denied football fans everywhere the pleasure and the honor of watching one of the greatest quarterbacks who ever played the game, and you have shown your true colors," Waters warned. "You can sit in your boardrooms and huff and puff on your cigars in your glass boxes, but your action is a poke in the eye for everything that is decent in America."
He then went on to call Kaepernick an "American hero," and said that "the Colin Kaepernicks of this world will lead" the U.S. to the future.
"My colleagues Maroon 5, Travis Scott, and Big Boi are performing during the halftime show at the Super Bowl this coming Sunday, I call upon them to 'take a knee' on stage in full sight," Waters demanded. "I call upon them to do it in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick, to do it for every child shot to death on these mean streets, to do it for every bereaved mother and father and brother and sister."
He concluded, "I call upon you to do it because it's the right thing to do and because somewhere inside you know it."
On Thursday, Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine told "Entertainment Tonight" that he simply wanted to move on from the halftime show controversy.
Levine said that he's nothing short of grateful for being able to perform during "the biggest gig in the game."
"I'm not in the right profession if I can't handle a little bit of controversy," Levine said. "It's what it is. We expected it. We'd like to move on from it and speak through the music."
He added, "The spectacle is the music. The way that we speak is through the music. The way that we emote and perform is through the music."
The frontman added that his band will encourage people who feel like they aren't being heard.
"We got you," Levine cryptically added. "They will be heard – that's all I want to say because I don't want to spoil anything."
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