Beyoncé and Jay-Z remained seated on Sunday during Demi Lovato’s performance of the national anthem at Super Bowl LIV in Miami, Florida.
The pop star couple attended the game with their daughter, Blue Ivy, who also stayed in her seat, according to footage published by TMZ. In the video, the family can be seen sitting during the performance while the crowd stands.
Viewers understood Beyoncé and Jay-Z to be showing solidarity with former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who in 2016, his final season in the league, started taking a knee during the anthem to protest police brutality against black Americans.
Many conservatives condemned the pair as ungrateful and unpatriotic, while some liberals defended them.
WATCH: While thousands of proud Americans stood in-allegiance for the National Anthem, Jay-Z and Beyonce sat in silence.
America has no place for unpatriotic scum like these two.
— Andrew Pollack (@AndrewPollackFL) February 3, 2020
Neither musician has yet to publicly address the controversy.
After the anthem, Jay-Z shared a laugh with DJ Khaled, images obtained by TMZ show.
What it means when Beyoncé sits for the national anthem
In a New York Times interview published Saturday, Jay-Z expressed support for Kaepernick while defending his Roc Nation entertainment agency’s partnership with the NFL.
— Demi Lovato Charts (@dlcharts) February 3, 2020
“No one is saying he hasn’t been done wrong. He was done wrong. I would understand if it was three months ago. But it was three years ago and someone needs to say, ‘What do we do now — because people are still dying?'” he said.
“We are two adult men who disagree on the tactic but are marching for the same cause.”
In 2017, Beyoncé presented Kaepernick with Sports Illustrated’s Muhammad Ali Legacy Award. She thanked him for his “selfless heart and your conviction” and “personal sacrifice.”
A year earlier, Beyoncé paid tribute to the Black Lives Matter movement during her Super Bowl halftime performance.
During the halftime show, Jennifer Lopez and Shakira appeared to slip a number of liberal political messages into their performance, including putting kids in cages.
The Kansas City Chiefs overcame a 10-point halftime deficit to defeat the San Francisco 49ers 31-20.