Jay Z made a stand during the Season 43 premiere of SNL on Saturday, Sept. 30, sporting a Colin Kaepernick jersey.
The rapper rocked the jersey, which featured the words “Colin K” and the 49ers quarterback’s number seven, as he performed on stage alongside Damian Marley.
Kaepernick has been met with mixed reception since he began protesting racial inequality by refusing to stand for the national anthem in 2016.
Instead of standing with his hand to his chest, as is tradition, he’s drawn attention to the issue by kneeling or squatting on the field.
The “Empire State of Mind” singer is far from the first celebrity to back the footballer, but this bold signal of support has fans buzzing even more so than his rousing performance of power anthem “Bam.”
Jay Z tells the NFL he won't do the Super Bowl, then does SNL wearing a Colin Kaepernick jersey.
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Jay Z is rocking a Colin Kaepernick on SNL. My Vice President is amazing.
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Jay Z declined NFL's invitation to do Super Bowl, then represented Colin Kaepernick on SNL.
White people now "boycotting" him.😂 pic.twitter.com/pFJzakE0Wf
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In mid-September, Trump tweeted that any professional sports player who knelt during the national anthem should be fired, while former President Barack Obama has lauded Kaepernick’s silent social activism.
Celebrities like John Legend, Stevie Wonder, Mark Ruffalo, and Ava DuVernay have also expressed support for Kaepernick, who they’ve praised for exercising a constitutional right.
Jay-Z’s SNL appearance has stolen the show, but his efforts to assist Puerto Rico have been equally significant.
Also on Saturday, the star offered fellow rapper Fat Joe a plane to transport hundreds of thousands of supplies to the victims of Hurricane Maria.
This, in addition to the Tidal X: Puerto Rico hurricane relief charity set up on his streaming service, marks a banner week for Jay-Z.