Norman Lear, the 95-year-old producer of “All in the Family,” said he is taking a knee “in solidarity” with those “fighting for equality and justice.”
The famed TV producer, a political activist and constant critic of President Trump, tweeted on Wednesday side-by-side photos of himself taking a knee both as a young man in the Air Force and now.
Lear is the latest in a growing list of entertainers to join NFL players who kneel during the national anthem before games. The movement was started last season by former San Francisco 49er Colin Kaepernick to protest police misconduct and racial injustice.
George Clooney, “X-Files” stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson, singer Stevie Wonder and the cast of “Star Trek: Discovery” have all voiced their support in recent days for kneeling players.
Trump has blasted football players who take a knee during the anthem, saying they should be fired by the NFL and the league should “set a rule” banning the practice.
In addition to "All in the Family," Lear also produced famed '70s sitcoms like "The Jeffersons," "Sanford and Son" and "Maude."