Arizona Republican gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake was seen attending Super Bowl LVII in a photo that has now gone viral. The controversial photo shows Lake refusing to stand during the Black national anthem on Sunday at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.
The photo was quickly posted on social media and people had different reactions to it as many online have been praising her decision.
One of the responders posted a response that it has “Never been easier to be a hero these days.” A different user said that there should be no one who supports this anthem as it was “created to divide the country.”
Lake also responded to one Twitter post that the only reason she was there was “THE National Anthem.”
The Black national anthem, which is called “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” was originally played ahead of the game, which many were outraged about. The NAACP website states that the song was originally written by NAACP leader James Weldon Johnson in 1900. It was originally a poem that was later converted into a hymn.
The hymn was played for the first time during the 2020 Super Bowl, during the Week 1 game.
Critics have protested the inclusion of the anthem and having it elevated to a National Anthem when the anthem actually causes “segregation.” The song is not only controversial in the NFL but also outside of it.
Raise your hand if you support Kari Lake for not standing during the black national anthem.✋ pic.twitter.com/b1XtFZEIQC
— Ben Owen🇺🇸 (@hrkbenowen) February 14, 2023