Wary of the backlash against them from fans demanding they skip performing at halftime of Super Bowl LIII in order to support former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, Maroon 5 will not hold the traditional pre-game press conference halftime acts normally do.
The petition cites Jay-Z for rejecting performing at the 2017 Super Bowl and mentions Amy Schumer praising Rihanna for her refusal while Schumer urged Maroon 5 to cancel. The petition adds, “The band has a chance to stand on the right side of history. If they don’t, they will be remembered for choosing to side with the NFL over its players.” It concludes, “Sign to tell Maroon 5 to drop out of the Super Bowl halftime show in solidarity with Kaepernick and players who #TakeAKnee.”
Maroon 5 has been aware of the pressure on the band to cancel their Super Bowl performance; speaking to the Associated Press roughly two weeks ago, the group’s keyboardist, PJ Morton, acknowledged, “This is definitely a controversial year, but it's something I've wanted to do my whole life. As a musician it's the biggest stage you could ever play. Our job as musicians is to provide a service and make people feel good, and I think that's going to be our mission — just to have a good time and do what we do. I'm excited to play on that stage, man. I watched halftime shows my whole life. I want to be there.”