Gladys Knight is planning to sing the National Anthem at Super Bowl LIII Feb 3 and she doesn’t care what anyone has to think about it. Not even Colin Kaepernick.
“I have been in the forefront of this battle longer than most of those voicing their opinions to win the right to sing our country’s Anthem on a stage as large as the Super Bowl LIII,” she told TMZ.
“It is unfortunate that our National Anthem has been dragged into this debate when the distinctive senses of the National Anthem and fighting for justice should each stand alone.”
While Knight does not agree with the way Kaepernick has conveyed his message to the world she did say she understands his reasoning.
“I am here today and on Sunday, Feb. 3 to give the Anthem back its voice, to stand for that historic choice of words, the way it unites us when we hear it and to free it from the same prejudices and struggles I have fought long and hard for all my life,” Knight said. “No matter who chooses to deflect with this narrative and continue to mix these two in the same message, it is not so and cannot be made so by anyone speaking it. I pray that this National Anthem will bring us all together in a way never before witnessed and we can move forward and untangle these truths which mean so much to all of us.”
Celebrities have been critical of the artists performing on Super Bowl Sunday this year, Travis Scott, Maroon 5 and Big Boi.