Los Angeles, Oct 21 (PTI) Actor-comic Amy Schumer Sunday said she would not appear for a 2019 Super Bowl commercial in support of National Football League quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s protest against racism. Also Read - Instagram's New Feature to Combat Hate Speech, Abuse
In a lengthy Instagram post, the 37-year-old actor questioned why more white players were not kneeling against rife racial injustice and inequality. Also Read - Madhuri Dixit Gives Some Enchanting Impressions As She Grooves To 'Bajre Da Sitta' | Watch
“Once you witness the truly deep inequality and endless racism people of colour face in our country, not to mention the police brutality and murders. Why not kneel next to your brothers? Otherwise how are you not complicit? … I personally told my reps I wouldn’t do a Super Bowl commercial this year. Also Read - Priyanka Chopra Shares Love-Soaked Photo With Nick Jonas, Tells Him 'Miss You so Much'
“… Stand up for your brothers and sisters of colour. And the hottest thing a guy can do is get down on one knee. Not to propose but to reject the treatment of his teammates by this country. Anyone who says its disrespectful to our military please read up on the fact that a lot of veterans are proud of what @kaepernick7 is doing and fully support him,” Schumer wrote.
The “I Feel Pretty” star likened opposing NFL to standing up against National Rifle Association (NRA).
“I know it must sound like a privilege a** sacrifice but it’s all I got. Hitting the NFL with the advertisers is the only way to really hurt them. I know opposing the NFL is like opposing the NRA. Very tough, but don’t you want to be proud of how you’re living?” Schumer also urged the band Maroon 5, who are scheduled to perform during the Super Bowl halftime, to pull out like Rihanna.
Rihanna had declined an offer to perform during the halftime show to support Kaepernick, who in 2016 began kneeling to protest multiple police shootings of unarmed black men.
Kaepernick has not played in the NFL since 2016.
This is published unedited from the PTI feed.