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Gladys Knight Defends Her Decision To Sing The US National Anthem At Next Month's NFL Super Bowl

Date January 22, 2019

The NFL has recently announced that Gladys Knight will perform the National Anthem at next month’s Super Bowl, the biggest game of the season.

Gladys Knight Defends Her Decision To Sing The US National Anthem At Next Month's NFL Super BowlGetty Images / Ideal Image

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Gladys Knight has spoken about her decision to sing the US national anthem at next month's championship game, explaining she wants to give the national anthem back its voice. During an interview, Gladys said:

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.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The legendary soul singer also talked about the former quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who has not played professionally since 2016 when he started to protest during the anthem:

I understand that Mr. Kaepernick is protesting two things, and they are police violence and injustice. 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.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Protests began after the former quarterback Colin Kaepernick became the first player to refuse to stand during the national anthem in 2016. Colin’s decision was connected with the protest against racial injustice, including police shootings of unarmed African-Americans.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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And now, Gladys has to defend her right to sing after facing severe criticism from the public. Twitter users actively commentes on her decision, blaming Gladys for being obsessed with money and having no respect for the nation.

Gladys Knight was chosen to perform the US national anthem at next month's NFL Super Bowl, but people are not happy about it and claim she only thought about money when acceptingthis offer.

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