Jay-Z annoyed half of America by wearing this t-shirt on Saturday Night Live
They say that actions speak louder than words, and that certainly seems to be something Jay-Z believes in. While 'Hov' is more famous for being a wordsmith and the most successful rapper of all time, it was his clothing that set chins wagging on Saturday night, rather than his lyrics.
The rapper recently appeared on the 43rd premiere of Saturday Night Live and it is fair to say that his choice of attire has spoken volumes, sending a clear message to plenty of people around the world, particularly to those in America.
The kickoff episode, which was hosted by everyone's favourite hunk, Ryan Gosling, saw the rapper perform two songs off of his latest album, 4:44, and wearing a "Colin K" NFL jersey throughout the performance. Jay's choice of attire was a clear message of support for the much maligned NFL player, Colin Kaepernick, and also to all the other players who are currently protesting police brutality and racial injustice across America by refusing to stand for the national anthem.
The performance began with Jay-Z performing his song Bam, alongside Damian Marley, which was performed in front of a waving Ethiopian flag and camouflage backdrop. However, the performance became particularly noteworthy when Jay-Z turned around to reveal the number seven jersey (Kaepernick's number when he was at the San Francisco 49ers) with "Colin K" on the back of it.
Unsurprisingly, it caused quite a stir on social media, with plenty of fans jumping onto Twitter to show their support with the protest, and praising Jay-Z for taking the stance he did.
For those of you who are unaware, Colin Kaepernick made headlines last year when he refused to stand for the American national anthem during a preseason game last year. Kaepernick said that he couldn't stand for, and respect, a country where black people are still being oppressed and are on the receiving end of police brutality.
Perhaps due to his actions, Kaepernick parted ways with the 49ers in March 2017 and is still yet to be signed by another team, despite his obvious talent. Kaepernick's actions have inspired dozens of other NFL players to protest during the national anthem, and plenty of them have followed suit. The protests now involve kneeling throughout the duration of the song, locking arms, or remaining in the locker room until it is over.
Not one to stay silent on mainstream news, Donald Trump weighed into the debate and unsurprisingly made everything a whole lot worse. Trump said that NFL coaches should fire anyone who doesn't stand and respect the national anthem, and branded any player who joins in with the protest as a "son of a b***h".
It's being reported that Jay-Z has refused to perform at the Superbowl, in a show of solidarity with Kaepernick, despite it being a coveted spot for most performers. He also dedicated his song, The Story of O.J, to the player, during a recent performance in New York, saying:
"I want to dedicate this song to Colin Kaepernick tonight. I want to dedicate this song to Dick Gregory…
"I want to dedicate this song to anybody that was held back and you overcame whatever it was."
Fair play to Jay-Z for showing solidarity with Kaepernick while he is currently going through a very difficult period. At the end of the day, Kaepernick and the other players who have protested alongside him, haven't actually done anything wrong: the protest has been peaceful, respectful and hasn't harmed anyone.