Kate Upton: Kneeling During The National Anthem is ‘Unacceptable’


For some reason unbeknownst to me, Kate Upton has decided she needs to publicly weigh in on the topic of kneeling during the national anthem. She’s not happy about it.

Last night, four Miami Dolphins knelt during the national anthem before they played their game. The protest has been going on all season, but last night’s was different, because it was the 15th anniversary of the September 11th attacks. The Dolphins’ running back, Arian Foster said that they were prepared for the backlash they would receive.

Upton disagrees with the practice, and took to Twitter to protest the protest.

Then, she posted on Instagram to clarify:

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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And then she Tweeted some more.

As Black Sports Online pointed out, her “pearly white privilege shows through here.” Lots of people agree:

We’re not entirely sure why she needed to express her opinion on the matter at all, or why she should be the one to decide when it is and is not okay to protest, or how.

[H/T Black Sports Online]

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