9 artists who took a knee against Donald Trump this weekend

Pharrell, John Legend, De La Soul’s Posdnuos, and more.

  /  09.25.2017

Over the weekend, Donald Trump launched tirades against both Steph Curry–for refusing an invite to the White House–and, indirectly, Colin Kaepernick, when he said during a press conference, “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son-of-a-bitch off the field right now?’”

Over a year ago, at the San Francisco 49ers final 2016 preseason game, Kaepernick kneeled during the U.S. national anthem. Shortly thereafter, he became a free agent and has gone unsigned ever since, which many have argued is evidence of blackballing.

Following Trump’s comments, many celebrities have defended and shown support to the athletes, including LeBron James, who sent a viral tweet; Diddy, who took to Instagram asking NFL players to unify; both Stevie Wonder and baseball player Bruce Maxwell of the Oakland A’s, who took knees at recent shows and games; and J. Cole, who broke his Twitter silence to support the NFL protest movement.

Here’s a round-up of musicians who ‘took a knee’ this weekend.


During a concert in Charlottesville on Sunday, Pharrell said, “I’m in Virginia right now. I’m home. Can’t nobody tell me what to do. If I want to get on my knees right now for the people of my city, for the people of my state, that’s what that flag is for. And when I think about the potential of this country, the potential of the state, the potential of these people, the potential of this amazing, amazing university, there’s only one word that I feel on the inside.” He then launched into his hit “Happy.”

John Legend

At his show in Hamburg, Germany while on his ‘Darkness and Light’ Tour, Legend kneeled and raised a fist in the air.


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De La Soul

During their performance on the Downtown Stage at Las Vegas’ Life Is Beautiful festival, Posdnuos knelt on the stage ahead of “Stakes Is High” and told the audience, “Pardon me while I take a knee.”


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Prophets of Rage

On Sunday, Prophets of Rage—made up of Public Enemy’s Chuck D and DJ Lord, Cypress Hill’s B-Real, and Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello, Tim Commerford, and Brad Wilk—took knees during a concert while wearing Kaepernick jerseys.


Rapper Lizzo recalled and re-posted a live freestyle she did with Tish Hyman last year on MTV’s Wonderland where she kneeled after spitting:

“Mutual respect, I’m so smart, I’m Poindexter / You can come at me but I got the Webster / Dictionary, hit you with my dictionary, oh it’s very scary / I be comin’ down, feeling like Colin Kaepernick.”

Pearl Jam

While at the Pilgrimage Music Festival in Tennessee on Sunday, Pearl Jam’s frontman Eddie Vedder silently kneeled to the crowd’s cheers before going into the second song of the evening, “Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town.”

Rico Lavelle

The singer, who performed the national anthem before Sunday’s football between the Detroit Lions and Atlanta Falcons, ended his performance on one knee and with his foot raised.

Roger Waters

Pink Floyd co-founder and co-lead vocalist Roger Waters ended his concert in Hartford, Connecticut by taking a minute-long knee with his band, punctuated with a raise of his fist.

Meghan Linsey

The country singer and her guitarist took knees during the Tennessee Titans and Seattle Seahawks game on Sunday after singing the national anthem.



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