The biggest moment of the Super Bowl halftime show? Eminem taking a knee

Towards the end of the halftime performance at Super Bowl LVI, Eminem was onstage with Dr. Dre and suddenly dropped to a knee and bowed his head. It was a calculated move to pay homage to Colin Kaepernick, the quarterback blackballed by the NFL for taking a knee during the national anthem to protest police brutality.

The league was apparently “aware” that Em was going to make the gesture–it denies that, though–but they couldn’t have been pleased with what they saw.

Em (and his unusually dark eyebrows) has received almost universal praise for his move on social media. But his taking a knee was not the only controversy.

The NFL didn’t want Dre to use the line in “Still D.R.E.” that goes “still not loving police.” He kept that in. Oh, and the NFL thought that Snoop’s outfit looked too “gang-related.”

Halftime performers 3, NFL 0.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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