Music superstars Beyoncé and Jay-Z are gaining widespread attention after footage emerged on Sunday night showing the couple sitting during the national anthem while attending the Super Bowl in Miami.

In footage first posted by TMZ that has been picked up by a number of outlets, the couple could be seen sitting with their oldest daughter in the stands as Demi Lovato sang “The Star Spangled Banner” ahead of the kickoff.


The video garnered immediate reaction across social media with some calling the move "despicable" while others defended the couple.

Conservative Fox Nation host Tomi LahrenTomi Lahren50 Cent calls on followers to vote for Trump citing Biden tax rate plan Mr. President, when did protecting others become unmanly? The harm in mask jokes MORE said the couple should “try another country” and called the move “despicable” while calling Jay-Z a “former crack dealer.”

“Beyoncé & Jay-Z (former crack dealer)sit for the national anthem because apparently the United States of America has oppressed them with millions upon millions of dollars & fans,” Lahren said. “Sounds rough. Maybe they should try another country that allows them a little more freedom & success?”

“You hate police, Donald Trump, and the spirit of this nation so much you can’t pick your privileged asses off the chair for 2 mins to pay some respect? Despicable,” she continued.

A number of other conservatives made similar comments attacking the couple on the social platform.

Some on social media defended the couple for making what appeared to be a political statement, but some also took aim at the media, accusing outlets of singling out the couple for sitting while pointing out that other people in attendance appeared to also be seated during the anthem. 

The national anthem has been a hot-button issue at NFL games for nearly five years.

Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick started a movement of kneeling during the anthem during the 2016 season to protest the treatment of African Americans in the community. A number of other players joined in the protests over the years.

The movement gained attention from celebrities and politicians alike with President TrumpDonald John TrumpJudge rules to not release Russia probe documents over Trump tweets Trump and advisers considering firing FBI director after election: WaPo Obama to campaign for Biden in Florida MORE saying players who knelt during the anthem should be fired and Vice President Pence leaving an Indianapolis Colts after several players protested during the anthem

Jay-Z has voiced support for Kaepernick in recent years and announced last year that he would be partnering with the NFL on social justice efforts as it continues to face backlash from fans and celebrities upset with how the former quarterback was treated by the league following his on-field protests.