Artist Mariah Carey throws shade at the NFL with a tweet about former San Francisco 49th quarterback, Colin Kaepernick.
Whether it was intentional or just convenient timing, Mariah Carey posted a tweet that reads, “Happy Colin Kaepernick Appreciation Day!” moments after the ad for social justice aired.
“Inspire Change” Commercial
The commercial, sponsored by the NFL for its “Inspire Change” initiative, aired minutes before the halftime show by The Weeknd. The social justice commercial promised $250 million from the National Football League over the course of 10-years. While the NFL did not specify where they would give the money, the commercial promised they would use it to fight systemic racism.
Soon after the ad, timestamped at exactly 7:27 p.m., Mariah Carey posted about the former athlete who is seen as one of the most outspoken members of the Black Lives Matter movement.
Kaepernick first started to back the movement publicly in 2016 when he took a knee during the National Anthem to denounce police brutality. At the time, he said he refused to stand and support what is happening to people of color.
“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” he said at the time. “To me, this is bigger than football, and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”
The powerful commercial states that “While our season is ending, our fight for equality is not. It takes all of us to create change and advance social justice.”
The minute-long commercial emphasizes unity for all, regardless of anything that might divide us, specifically racism.
“Football is a microcosm of America- all races, religions, living, playing, competing- side by side. I pray we dedicate ourselves to be the best team we can be. Let’s choose to be for one another. To fulfill the promise of one nation. To be part of the solution. Be part of the change. To try harder. Show up. Dive in, and stay at it.”
This isn’t the only commercial aired to the promoted unity. Read more about Bruce Springsteen’s Jeep Super Bowl ad here.
Mariah Carey Celebrates Another ‘Holiday”
Mariah Carey also commented on another fan’s tweet that celebrates another holiday. The fan said, “Don’t forget it’s also Janet Jackson appreciation day,” to which Carey responded with, “Yes, it is!”
Regardless of anyone’s affiliation or views, Outsider would like to wish you a simple, happy Monday! Try and spread joy and not hate, please.