Representative Matt Gaetz, a Republican from Florida, announced on Sunday that he will not be watching Super Bowl LVIII due to a performance of the so-called ‘Black National Anthem’ that was scheduled.
Sunday, the Kansas City Chiefs will face the San Francisco 49ers in a rematch for the championship of the 2023 season.
Due to the game’s designated start time of 6:30 p.m. ET, spectators from all over the nation will tune in.
This year, in addition to Reba McEntire, who will perform the National Anthem, Andra Day will also deliver “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” also known as the Black National Anthem, at the beginning of the game.
Originally conceived as a poetic hymn by James Weldon Johnson, the leader of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the aforementioned song was subsequently embraced by the NAACP and utilized prominently as a rallying cry throughout the civil rights movement in 1900.
The composition rose to prominence within African American society. According to Time magazine, it was performed during meetings in which civil rights leaders planned the Montgomery Bus Boycott and has been quoted in speeches by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Gaetz discussed an interaction he had with his spouse regarding the current season’s Super Bowl in a post on X, which was previously Twitter.