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Beyoncé, Jay-Z, and Blue Ivy were seen sitting down during the national anthem at the Super Bowl on Sunday and conservatives are not happy about it.
Shortly after the famous duo and their daughter were shown not standing for Demi Lovato’s national anthem performance, big-name conservative personalities like Tomi Lahren, Nick Adams, Brigitte Gabriel, and Carmine Sabia criticized their decision on Twitter.
“What a disgusting act of shame. Beyoncé and Jay-Z remained seated during the National Anthem at the Super Bowl,” Adams tweeted. “This country has given them the opportunity to be everything they are, and they reward it by disgracing the Flag and the Anthem! Our service heroes deserve more respect!”
What a disgusting act of shame.— Nick Adams (@NickAdamsinUSA) February 3, 2020
Beyonce and Jay-Z remained seated during the National Anthem at the Super Bowl.
This country has given them the opportunity to be everything they are, and they reward it by disgracing the Flag and Anthem!
Our service heroes deserve more respect!
Listen Up Beyonce and Jay-Z!!— Brigitte Gabriel (@ACTBrigitte) February 3, 2020
You don’t think it’s necessary to stand for our Anthem and our Flag!?
Countless lives have been lost defending that Flag so people like YOU can attend events like the Super Bowl in peace.
You should be EMBARRASSED for yourselves. What a disgrace.
Many of the conservative talking heads also took the opportunity to make a jab about Jay-Z’s past experience as a drug dealer.
“Beyoncé & Jay-Z (former crack dealer) sit for the national anthem because apparently the United States of America has oppressed them with millions upon millions of dollars & fans,” Lahren tweeted. “Sounds rough. Maybe they should try another country that allows them a little more freedom & success?”
Beyoncé & Jay-Z (former crack dealer)sit for the national anthem because apparently the United States of America has oppressed them with millions upon millions of dollars & fans. Sounds rough. Maybe they should try another country that allows them a little more freedom & success?— Tomi Lahren (@TomiLahren) February 3, 2020
I get why Beyoncé and Jay-Z did not stand for the National Anthem. When a drug dealer from the ghetto becomes a billionaire businessman he should be furious at the nation that allowed that to happen.— Carmine Sabia (@CarmineSabia) February 3, 2020
While conservatives fumed, others called them out for being too sensitive—AKA “snowflakes.”
“Since some people are throwing a hissy fit that Beyoncé and Jay-Z sat down during the National Anthem, let’s rub this iconic performance in their face as well,” Twitter user @thejitterbug759 wrote.
Since some people are throwing a hissy fit that Beyoncé and Jay-Z sat down during the National Anthem, let’s rub this iconic performance in their face as well pic.twitter.com/5zkIznKIsX— Bradley Berdecia (@thejitterbug759) February 3, 2020
You shouldn't care about Beyonce and Jay-Z not standing for the anthem because;— Devin Masiero (@stronghand42069) February 3, 2020
1. People were seated while watching at home
2. People were seated at the stadium
3. It's a football game, not a military funeral
4. Who gives a fuck?
People really thought Beyonce and Jay-Z would stand for the national anthem?? pic.twitter.com/ve9rt5B1wT— Tree (@_xoxoTreeLev) February 3, 2020
More than anything, people were pissed that the conservative personalities were mad about the family sitting, but as always, not the actual injustice these protests have tried to highlight over the years.
“LOL at conservatives losing their shit over Beyonce and Jay-Z not standing for the anthem. Maybe if you guys would also take several seats and pay attention to actual injustice America would be better,” law professor Goldburn P. Maynard Jr. tweeted.
LOL at conservatives losing their shit over Beyonce and Jay-Z not standing for the anthem. Maybe if you guys would also take several seats and pay attention to actual injustice America would be better.— Goldburn P. Maynard Jr. (@deathntaxesprof) February 3, 2020
People are more upset at Beyoncé and Jay-Z sitting during the national anthem than at Trump bribing another country to win another election. pic.twitter.com/X5DIJqqQ1t— Johnnie the Aquarius (@jnewsworthy) February 3, 2020
Jay-Z has a partnership with the NFL to fund nonprofits and social justice programs. At times, his partnership has caused controversy, especially because it came in the wake of the NFL’s relationship with Colin Kaepernick’s protests during the national anthem. Some saw Jay-Z’s decision to work with the NFL a betrayal, accusations Jay-Z has denied.
Sierra Juarez is a freelance journalist and fact-checker based in Mexico. She most enjoys writing about human rights and politics and working in audience engagement. Her work has appeared in the Texas Tribune, the Austin American–Statesman, and the San Antonio Current.