Following the controversial decision by the NFL to fine players who don’t stand during the national anthem, celebrities and people of note took to social media to voice their concerns with the new policy.
On Wednesday, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced that all team and personnel will stand for the
performance of the anthem at games or they will be fined and penalized for failing to do so. However, the NFL is getting rid of its rule that all players must be on the field for the performance, allowing those who wish to protest the anthem to stay in the locker room until it is over.
The debate about standing for the anthem began when 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began kneeling during the performance of the national anthem in an effort to protest racial inequality in America. President Donald Trump made remarks that the protest was disrespectful to the flag, prompting a heated debate among NFL fans about whether or not protests during the anthem are sound.
With the NFL’s new ruling, a handful of celebrities took to Twitter to voice their opinion on the matter.
“The @NFL’s decision is in no uncertain terms racist,” wrote “Love Simon” star Natasha Rothwell.