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'I wonder why more white players aren’t kneeling': Amy Schumer won't do a Super Bowl commercial, opposes the NFL

Amy Schumer is staging her own kind of NFL protest. Considering the comedian doesn’t suit up on Sundays with the option of kneeling during the national anthem, she wants to hit the National Football League one way she knows how.

“I personally told my reps I wouldn’t do a Super Bowl commercial this year,” Schumer wrote on Instagram Friday. “I know it must sound like a privilege-ass sacrifice, but it’s all I got. Hitting the NFL with the advertisers is the only way to really hurt them.”

The I Feel Pretty star began her lengthy social media statement by pondering “why more white players aren’t kneeling.”

Amy Schumer and Colin Kaepernick. (Photo: Getty Images)

“Once you witness the truly deep inequality and endless racism people of color face in our country, not to mention the police brutality and murders. Why not kneel next to your brothers? Otherwise how are you not complicit?” the 37-year-old funnywoman wrote.

Schumer went on to say “it would be cool” if rumored Super Bowl halftime performer Maroon 5 backed out of the show. Her remark comes amid reports that Rihanna turned down an offer to perform in support of Colin Kaepernick.

“I know opposing the NFL is like opposing the NRA. Very tough, but don’t you want to be proud of how you’re living?” she continued. “And the hottest thing a guy can do is get down on one knee. Not to propose but to reject the treatment of his teammates by this country.”

Schumer tagged Kaepernick in her post, telling “anyone who says” kneeling is “disrespectful to our military” should “read up” on all the veteran support the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback has received.


The comic actress’s post was well-received by many on Instagram. “As an airwoman, I do not find it disrespectful to the military in the slightest,” one user commented. Schumer replied to her, writing, “thank you for saying this.”

The Good Place star Jameela Jamil wrote, “Love this.” Jessica Seinfeld also left a long comment in support of Schumer’s statements.

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