If there isn’t enough going on in the world, this makes things even worse.
Songstress Sevyn Streeter was dropped from National Anthem for Philadelphia 76ers v. OKC Thunder game due to “We Matter” jersey. The songstress went on her Snapchat account yesterday to explain how just a few minutes before she was supposed to take the stage, the 76ers pulled her from singing, which eventually the video was posted onto her Twitter account. The 10 second clip was just moments after the incident occurred, as well as fans, friends, and more going to social media to show love and support for Streeter.
The 76ers have not released a comment on the incident.
EN: As a basketball fan and someone who watches the NBA, it is highly disgusting of how such an organization pulls someone from the National Anthem because of a jersey. If the NBA is a global brand that is supposed to be “united,” then why axe a young woman who is supposed to sing an anthem (that is racist, by the way!) in front of your fans, but yet you (as an organization) won’t let her just because of a jersey? It is upsetting that we are living in a world where even an artist cannot express her support for a cause without having to suffer consequences just because of a form of article of clothing. If we are supposed to be “Land of the free, home of the brave,” why is it an issue for her to express her opinion through an article of clothing that is not meant to be any type of slander or threat against of your organization?
Let me know in the comments or tweet how you feel about the incident!
UPDATE: 76ers has released official word on Sevyn Streeter’s jersey via NBC Sports:
“The Philadelphia 76ers organization encourages meaningful actions to drive social change. We use our games to bring people together, to build trust and to strengthen our communities. As we move from symbolic gestures to action, we will continue to leverage our platform to positively impact our community.”