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Cardi B, J. Cole, Jesse Williams, And More Encourage The NFL To #TakeTheKnee

Celebrities speak out on social media and on stage in support of the peaceful protest of Colin Kaepernick

Social media erupted in outrage after Donald Trump called Colin Kaepernick a "son of a bitch" and encouraged the firing of any NFL player that chooses to peacefully protest during the National Anthem at football games.

Many chose to use their platforms — be they festival stages or simply the 140 characters allotted to a single tweet — to support the quarterback, and condemn Trump's divisive language, by encouraging those who felt the same to #TakeTheKnee. Long before Trump made these remarks, Jay-Z aligned himself with Kaepernick at the Meadows Festival, and Cardi B shouted him out at the 2017 MTV VMAs, saying that "as long as you kneel with us, we gon' be standin' for you, baby." Several other actors, artists, athletes, and more have followed suit since, and a selection of their thoughts can be read below.