Rihanna had turned down the highly coveted gig in support of Colin Kaepernick, the former 49ers QB who’s in an ongoing legal dispute with the NFL.
Since then, many fans, celebrities, and activists have taken action against the NFL for their treatment of Kaepernick.
One of these individuals is Vic Oyedeji, the man behind the Change.org petition that is calling on Maroon 5 to drop out of the Super Bowl Halftime Show.
“Maroon 5 has made music over the years featuring artists from all genres, including Rihanna, Cardi B and Kendrick Lamar—all of whom have publicly supported Kaepernick in his decision to protest the violent racism sweeping the United States. Maroon 5 must do the same,” the petition reads. “The band has a chance to stand on the right side of history […] Rihanna, JAY-Z, Amy Schumer, and others have refused to work with the NFL. Maroon 5: Americans look to artists and celebrities as leaders, and you have huge opportunity to use your influence to take a stand.”
As of Wednesday night, the petition has garnered more than 37,000 signatures—about 13,000 shy of Oyedeji’s goal. The Super Bowl LIII 2019 will go down Feb. 3 at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.
Loyal Demi Lovato fans defended the recovering singer after social media trolls flooded Instagram with hateful and nasty comments targeting her appearance.
Celebrity gossip site Just Jared posted paparazzi photos of the 26-year-old reportedly on a “coffee run” after hitting the gym in Los Angeles last Wednesday.
So far, the post has garnered more than 26,000 likes and thousands of comments. While many fans were happy to see Lovato out and about after her release from rehab, others criticized the star – a body-positive role model – for her weight.
“It actually bugs him when people ask when he’s going back to the studio or on tour,” an insider told PEOPLE. “He has worked for years, and the first time he takes a significant break, everyone’s all, ‘When’s he coming back?’ To Justin, those aren’t just questions — those are demands. For years, everyone has tried to take a piece of him. Just let him be.