A video surfaced on social media showing the pair sitting down during Demi Lovato’s performance of “The Star Spangled Banner.”
On Sunday, TMZ released a video of the pair, along with their daughter Blue Ivy Carter, sitting as Demi Lovato performed the national anthem at the Hard Rock Stadium.
— Demi Lovato News Media (@JCMD_Media) February 3, 2020
As the video made the rounds on social media, Conservative public figures like Tomi Lahren criticized the pair and called them “despicable.”
“Beyoncé & Jay-Z (former crack dealer) sit for the national anthem because apparently the United States of America has oppressed them with millions upon millions of dollars & fans. Sounds rough. Maybe they should try another country that allows them a little more freedom & success?” she tweeted.
In a follow-up tweet, she then wrote: “You hate police, Donald Trump, and the spirit of this nation so much you can’t pick your privileged asses off the chair for 2 mins to pay some respect? Despicable.”
However, a number of people came to the couple’s defense, noting that there were people sitting near Jay-Z and Beyonce that also remained seated during the anthem.
What about the white lady in front of them sitting get her name and post her. Do you follow people to the toilet also
— GG (@Gwengg1111) February 3, 2020
So did the lady infront of them… no one’s calling her out… 🤔
— MADE BY GIRL (@JenRamos) February 3, 2020
Jay-Z served a co-producer for this year’s halftime show that featured Jennifer Lopez and Shakira. In related news, the rapper and entrepreneur recently addressed the criticism he faced when he announced a partnership with the NFL last year. The deal was met with backlash by critics who felt Jay-Z had done wrong by Colin Kaepernick.
“No one is saying he hasn’t been done wrong. He was done wrong. I would understand if it was three months ago. But it was three years ago and someone needs to say, ‘What do we do now — because people are still dying?’” Jay said to the New York Times.
“We are two adult men who disagree on the tactic but are marching for the same cause,” he said elsewhere during the interview.