Super Bowl LVIII Black national anthem performance causes stir on social media

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Andra Day performed "Lift Every Voice and Sing," known arsenic nan Black nationalist anthem, up of Super Bowl LVIII and received a rousing ovation from nan fans astatine Allegiant Stadium.

Day was tapped to singing nan opus past period arsenic portion of nan NFL’s pregame festivities. Additionally, Reba McEntire sang nan nationalist anthem and Post Malone did "America nan Beautiful."

As Super Bowl Sunday arrived and Day sang, NFL fans connected societal media hurled disapproval for nan convention having nan Black nationalist anthem performed. It started early successful nan time and continued.

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Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., wrote connected X astir a speech he had pinch his woman astir why they weren’t going to watch nan Super Bowl.

"They’re desecrating America’s National Anthem by playing thing called nan ‘Black National Anthem,’" he wrote.

Rep. Mike Loychik, a Republican lawmaker successful nan Ohio House of Representatives, criticized nan NFL.

"There’s nary specified point arsenic a achromatic nationalist anthem," he wrote connected X. "We are each AMERICANS, agreed by our awesome and beautiful Star Spangled Banner. The Super Bowl is expected to bring america together. "It’s a ugliness that nan NFL decided to push nan authorities of group section again."

Conservative pundit CJ Pearson wrote connected X: "Before tonight’s Super Bowl, arsenic a young achromatic man and proud American, fto maine make myself clear: There is only ONE nationalist anthem. As location is only ONE United States of America. And it’s for EVERYONE - white, black, yellow, and moreover maroon. The Left’s schedule of section isn’t conscionable needless; it’s exhausting."

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"No specified point arsenic a ‘Black National Anthem’ … The end," leader Graham Allen wrote.

Day performed astatine nan Recording Academy’s Black Music Collective arena successful Los Angeles and astatine Clive Davis’ pre-Grammy gala pinch Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight, Dionne Warwick, Keyshia Cole and Frederic Yonnet.

"If I’m here, I’m of nan mindset that I’m called to beryllium here," she told nan Associated Press connected Thursday. "It's a immense moment. I don't want to conscionable do well, but I really want group to brushwood nan spirit."

Day told "CBS Mornings" connected Friday she was deed pinch nerves arsenic she was rehearsing nan song. She hoped nan opus would let group to "share successful a really, really beautiful, belief infinitesimal together."

The NFL started to play nan Black nationalist anthem successful nan 2020 play pursuing nan decease of George Floyd astatine nan hands of Minneapolis constabulary officers. The incident started a activity of actions against group injustice crossed nan U.S.

The NAACP began to beforehand "Lift Every Voice and Sing" arsenic nan Black nationalist anthem successful 1917.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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