Just a few weeks after it was revealed that Rihanna turned down an offer to perform at the Super Bowl LIII halftime show, Maroon 5, who is now scheduled to headline, is being petitioned to not perform.
The Change.org petition was started by a user named Vic Oyedeji, who wrote in the description, “Until the league changes their policy and support players’ constitutional right to protest, no artists should agree to work with the NFL.” “The band has a chance to stand on the right side of history,” it continues. “If they don’t, they will be remembered for choosing to side with the NFL over its players.”
The petition has accrued over 35,000 signatures so far, which for comparison’s sake, is only .033% of the overall viewership of the most recent 2018 Superbowl. Maroon 5 may or may not respond to this news, but unless the official request picks up an extraordinary amount of supporters soon, it is unlikely that the band will bow out of the performance.