Jay-Z explains why he and Beyonce sat for Super Bowl national anthem: He was in ‘artist mode’

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Rapper Jay-Z disingenuously claimed that he didn’t mean to protest the national anthem when he and wife Beyonce refused to stand for the Star-Spangled Banner at the Super Bowl. (screenshot)

Rap mogul Jay-Z disingenuously insisted that he was not protesting the national anthem when he and wife Beyonce remained seated during the Star-Spangled Banner at the Super Bowl last weekend.

Jay-Z (real name: Shawn Carter) meekly distanced himself from his unpatriotic gesture after igniting widespread backlash.

Carter tried to explain his actions Tuesday at a Q&A session at Columbia University in New York. When asked if he intended to make a political statement by refusing to stand, he said no.

“It actually wasn’t [a silent protest]. Sorry,” he said.

Jay-Z claimed he got distracted because he was “in artist mode” and was trying to see if everything was running smoothly. Jay-Z’s entertainment company, Roc Nation, helps produce music shows for the NFL, including the Super Bowl.

“What happened was, we got there, we were sitting, and now the show’s about to start. My wife [Beyonce] was with me and so she says to me, ‘I know this feeling right here.’ Like, she’s super-nervous because she’s performed at Super Bowls before. I haven’t.

So we get there and we immediately jump into artist mode….now I’m really just looking at the show. Did the mic start? Was it too low to start? I had to explain to them [that] as an artist, if you don’t feel the music, you can’t really reach that level.”

Jay-Z incoherently explained:  “So the whole time we’re sitting there, we’re talking about the performance. And then right after that, Demi Lovato comes out. And we’re talking about how beautiful she looked, and how she sounds and what she’s going through. For her to be on the stage, we were so proud of her. And then it finished and then my phone rang.”

(Video: Fox News)

The rapper further claimed that he and Beyonce would not have planned to disrespect the national anthem since their daughter, Blue Ivy, was there: “Blue was right next to us, we wouldn’t do that to Blue and put her in that position.”  Jay continued:

“It just happened. I didn’t have to make a silent protest. If you look at the stage and the artists that we chose — Colombian [Shakira] and Puerto Rican J.Lo — we were making the loudest statement [about social justice].

And we had a commercial running [on] social injustice during the Super Bowl…Given the context, I didn’t have to make a silent protest [against the national anthem].”


In 2016, Beyonce’s anti-police performance at the Super Bowl ignited heavy backlash. Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani said Beyonce’s fawning tribute to the militant, anti-police Black Lives Matter movement was a disgrace.

“It was terrible,” Giuliani said in 2016. “I thought it was really outrageous that she used it as a platform to attack police officers who are the people who protect her and protect us.”

Reminder: This is how Beyonce’s hero, Michelle Obama, reportedly reacted to the national anthem. “All this for a damn flag?” Michelle apparently mouthed with a scowl.


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