Colin Kaepernick sparked a controversy on Friday night when he decided to stay seated for the pre-game playing of the National Anthem. The pre-game ceremony took place before the 49ers played Green Bay and Kaepernick explained after the game that he refused to show pride for a flag that stands for a country that oppresses people of color. Now John Legend has jumped up to take some heat as well, saying that the National Anthem itself is weak.
John Legend’s Tweets
Legend tweeted “My vote is for America the Beautiful. Star spangled banner is a weak song anyway. And then you read this…” and linked to a full reading of the Star Spangled Banner, then tweeted “For those defending the current anthem, do you really truly love that song? I don’t and I’m very good at singing it. Like, one of the best.” While the second tweet was sort of Kanye-esque, Legend stirred up more controversy because of his take on the song than because of the cockiness of the tweet.