Eminem Took a Knee During Super Bowl Half Time Show

The rapper knelt in an apparent show of support for Colin Kaepernick

BY Alex HudsonPublished Feb 14, 2022

Tonight, Dr. Dre performed at the Super Bowl LVI Halftime Show alongside EminemKendrick LamarMary J. Blige and Snoop Dogg (plus special guests 50 Cent and Anderson .Paak). Along with a string of hit songs, the performance featured a notable political protest, as Eminem took a knee in an apparent show of support for Colin Kaepernick, who famously knelt during the national anthem as a protest against racial industry and police brutality.

Eninem took a knee at the conclusion of his performance of "Lose Yourself." And just in case the significance of his gesture wasn't immediately apparent, he remained kneeling for an extended period of time, into the beginning of the next track.

Prior to the performance, Puck reported that Eminem had planned to kneel, but that the NFL was refusing to allow it.

UPDATE (2/14, 9:52 a.m. ET): A spokesperson for the NFL told The New York Times that league officials had watched the rapper take a knee in rehearsals all week, adding that players, coaches and personnel were free to have taken a knee before Sunday's game without risking disciplinary action.

Reports all suggested that the NFL had flagged Dr. Dre's lyric "still not loving police" (from his single "Still D.R.E.") as potentially problematic — although that also happened.

Watch the performance below.

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