Travis Scott will be performing at 2019‘s Super Bowl Halftime Show, but he made the NFL agree to contribute to a worthy cause first.
Scott to be appearing as a special guest on Maroon 5‘s upcoming Halftime show. The “Sicko Mode” rapper was quickly criticized for the rumored move, in light of the fact that the NFL effectively put quarterback Colin Kaepernick‘s professional football career on hold for his protests against police brutality and racial inequality during pre-game National Anthem performances.
In partnership with the NFL, Scott will make a $500,000 donation to , a social justice organization that pushes anti-poverty and environmental initiatives.
“I back anyone who takes a stand for what they believe in,” Scott said in a statement that makes no explicit mention of Kaepernick or the earlier backlash he‘d faced. “So before confirming the Super Bowl Halftime performance, I made sure to partner with the NFL on this important donation.”
He added that he‘s “proud to support Dream Corps” and hopes that the group‘s work will “inspire and promote change.”
Other artists, including Rihanna and Jay-Z, have reportedly declined to perform at the Super Bowl, as a show of support for Kaepernick.
Twitter users weren‘t impressed with the announcement, and were skeptical of Scott‘s donation.
Maroon 5 will also be backed by during their performance.