After Chris Brown refused to stand for the National Anthem on the notable date of Sept. 11, celebs took to social media to slam him and the sports stars who have been choosing to stay seated or kneeling during the song. Check out the tweets from Rob Lowe, Kate Upton and more right here!
Chris Brown, 27, didn’t stand during the National Anthem at a charity basketball game on Sept. 11, and it seems as if he was mimicking Colin Kaepernick‘s actions. As members of the Miami Dolphins, Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots are also sitting or kneeling, celebrities are taking a stand, if you will, and using social media to respond to what they feel is a disrespectful and unpatriotic act.
“Dear @NFL Any player wants to boycott the anthem on 9/11 should be asked to remain in the locker room until kick off. It’s not their moment,” Rob Lowe tweeted. “In my opinion, the national anthem is a symbolic song about our country,” Kate Upton agreed. “Protest&speak ur mind whenever u want but during the 120secs you should support the people who protect our freedom.” Check out more tweets and messages from stars below:
Dear @NFL Any player wants to boycott the anthem on 9/11 should be asked to remain in the locker room until kick off. It's not their moment.
— Rob Lowe (@RobLowe) September 11, 2016
This is unacceptable. You should be proud to be an American. Especially on 9/11 when we should support each other. https://t.co/qFozwaH9Bu
— Kate Upton (@KateUpton) September 11, 2016
It angers me to see NFL players kneeling during the National Anthem… Especially on a day such as today😐 pic.twitter.com/TPRib7FHAA
— Kassidy Cook (@KassidyCook1) September 11, 2016
— Benjamin Higgins (@benhiggi) September 11, 2016
Chris didn’t explain why he chose to stay seated (though he was spotted smiling during the performance) at the game he attended. Kaepernick has defended his actions, though, saying that he refuses to show pride for “a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color”. Several Dolphins players, including Arian Foster, and New England Patriots players Martellus Bennett and Devin McCourty are also among those who have joined the protest.
HollywoodLifers, do you think it’s inappropriate to sit during the National Anthem?