Akon doesn’t have any mixed feelings about the controversy surrounding artists performing at the Super Bowl halftime show.
Days ahead of the big game on Sunday (Feb. 3), the singer/producer said that boycotting the halftime show in support of ex-NFL player Colin Kaepernick potentially hurts black artists.
“You’re in this business for two reasons: One is to make an impact and two is for the business of it,” Akon told TMZ, adding that he thinks people sometimes take social issues too far.
“Honestly, why wouldn’t a black artist want to not perform in one of the biggest events in the world?” he continued. “That don’t help us, we need you to be on that stage.”
Watch the full interview below.
Many disagree with Akon’s point of view. Cardi B said she received an offer to perform at the Super Bowl, but ultimately turned it down over an obligation to “stand behind” Kaepernick because he “stood up” for minorities, she told the Associated Press.
This year’s halftime show will feature performances by Maroon 5, Travis Scott and Big Boi.