We've Reached the Jemele Hill vs. Kate Upton Stage of the National Anthem Controversy

We've Reached the Jemele Hill vs. Kate Upton Stage of the National Anthem Controversy


We've Reached the Jemele Hill vs. Kate Upton Stage of the National Anthem Controversy

In my opinion, the national anthem is a symbolic song about our country. It represents honoring the many brave men and women who sacrifice and have sacrificed their lives each and every single day to protect our freedom. Sitting or kneeling down during the national anthem is a disgrace to those people who have served and currently serve our country. Sitting down during the national anthem on September 11th is even more horrific. Protest all you want and use social media all you want. However, during the nearly two minutes when that song is playing, I believe everyone should put their hands on their heart and be proud of our country for we are all truly blessed. Recent history has shown that it is a place where anyone no matter what race or gender has the potential to become President of the United States. We live in the most special place in the world and should be thankful. After the song is over, I would encourage everyone to please use the podium they have, stand up for their beliefs, and make America a better place. The rebuilding of battery park and the freedom tower demonstrates that amazing things can be done in this country when we work together towards a common goal. It is a shame how quickly we have forgotten this as a society. Today we are more divided then ever before. I could never imagine multiple people sitting down during the national anthem on the September 11th anniversary. The lessons of 911 should teach us that if we come together, the world can be a better and more peaceful place #neverforget.

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Players from around the NFL declined to stand up for the national anthem on Sunday in a show of solidarity with Colin Kaepernick. The fact that the opening Sunday just happened to fall on the 15th anniversary of 9/11 ratcheted up the controversy and created an awkward alignment.

Kate Upton decided to add her voice to the fray with an Instagram post suggesting protesting on 9/11 was disgraceful. It’s not an opinion unique to Upton but that doesn’t mean it went unchallenged.

Things then got further off the track when Upton’s politician uncle, Fred, and his voting record against the Zadroga Act came into play.

National anthem protests show no signs of ceasing. There are two more NFL games on Monday night. Which celebrity will weigh in and briefly become the face of the issue? Place your bets.

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