Former Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly has stirred up controversy with her criticism of the Super Bowl’s pregame show, which featured a performance of the Black national anthem, “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” in addition to the traditional national anthem. While many Americans saw it as a patriotic gesture, Kelly found it offensive and divisive.
During her podcast, Kelly complained about the inclusion of the Black national anthem, saying, “There is no reason to have a Black National Anthem sung before the Super Bowl…It’s about the love of the country. There’s no point in dividing us by race, going into something that is already unifying as a country.” She also criticized the pregame show’s all-female flyover and the presence of left-wing celebrities in the commercials.
While millions of Americans celebrated the Super Bowl’s inclusion of the Black national anthem, Kelly’s comments have drawn criticism from those who view it as an important recognition of Black history and culture. The hymn was first publicly sung 123 years ago, and its performance during the Super Bowl was a historic moment for many.
One Twitter user praised actor Sheryl Lee Ralph’s performance of “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” writing, “Sheryl Lee Ralph looked and sounded amazing, singing ‘The Black National Anthem’ ‘Lift Every Voice and Sing’ during the Super Bowl pregame show, which happens to also be 123 years to the date when the hymn was first publicly sung!”
However, Kelly’s comments reflect a growing trend of conservative backlash against what some see as excessive political correctness and “wokeness” in American culture. While many believe that recognizing and celebrating diversity is important, others argue that it only serves to divide people along racial lines.
Kelly’s remarks have sparked a heated debate about the role of race in American culture and the importance of recognizing the contributions of all Americans. While the Black national anthem may be seen as divisive by some, others believe that it is an important part of American history that should be celebrated and honored.
As the debate continues, it is clear that the issue of race and identity will continue to be a contentious and divisive issue in American society. While some may see efforts to recognize and celebrate diversity as a way to bring people together, others will likely continue to view it as a source of division and conflict.
As Americans continue to grapple with these issues, it is important to remember that our shared love of country and commitment to freedom and justice for all should always be our guiding principles.