Super Bowl Half Time Show: Eminem takes a knee, 50 Cent hangs upside down [VIDEO]


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Rapper Eminem took a knee Sunday at Super Bowl LVI’s halftime show in Inglewood, California, echoing protests launched by Colin Kaepernick against racial injustice, despite the National Football League denying his request to do so.

Eminem’s gesture came after he performed “Lose Yourself” midway through America’s most-watched television event.

At least two players with the Los Angeles Rams – Terrell Burgess and Nick Scott – could be seen kneeling during the national anthem before the game.

Kaepernick, a former quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, in 2016 led a series of protests meant to highlight the injustice of police brutality against Black Americans by kneeling during games as the national anthem played.

Other NFL players followed his example, drawing rebuke from then-President Donald Trump.

NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy on Sunday said the NFL was aware that Eminem was going to kneel because officials “watched it during rehearsals this week.”

The NFL was reportedly ok with Eminem’s kneeling, according to the league’s spokesperson.

Dre and Snoop opened the show with “Next Episode” and “California Love.”

50 Cent, not among the announced performers, started his “In Da Club” while hanging upside inside one of the rooms.

Blige was decked out in silver sparkles and surrounded by backup dancers as she sang a medley of her hits.

The set was surrounded by what looked like a lit-up cityscape from above, with classic convertibles and replicas of the Tam’s Burgers stand and the sculpture outside the Compton Courthouse.

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