Supermodel Kate Upton exercised her First Amendment right Sunday (Sept. 11) when she took to Twitter to voice her opinions on the Miami Dolphins players who kneeled during the National Anthem, calling their non-violent protest “unacceptable.”
This is unacceptable. You should be proud to be an American. Especially on 9/11 when we should support each other. https://t.co/qFozwaH9Bu
— Kate Upton (@KateUpton) September 11, 2016
Since San Francisco 49er Colin Kaepernick began his protest of the Star Spangled Banner the country has been divided with many singing Kaepernick’s praises, while others condemning him action. Upton’s latest comments added more fuel to the fire.
Lets take a moment and pray for all the dumb ignorant people of the world today like #KateUpton and all her other like minded individuals
— sugafoot (@MarraeNorwood) September 12, 2016
Does she think racism stops during the national anthem or on 9/11? Civil rights violations stop during the anthem? #KateUpton
— Miss Celie (@ValdeDomina) September 12, 2016
Why are ppl bothered by a person kneeling or standing for a song? Why don’t you focus on the issues that make them kneel? #KateUpton
— Lilah G. Asher (@LilahAsher) September 12, 2016
It apparently hasn’t occurred to #KateUpton that not everyone experiences the same USA.
— Danielle Parish (@DanielleParish3) September 12, 2016
Realizing she struck a nerve, the 24-year-old then took to Instagram to clarify her statements.
In my opinion, the national anthem is a symbolic song about our country. It represents honoring the many brave men and women who sacrifice and have sacrificed their lives each and every single day to protect our freedom. Sitting or kneeling down during the national anthem is a disgrace to those people who have served and currently serve our country. Sitting down during the national anthem on September 11th is even more horrific. Protest all you want and use social media all you want. However, during the nearly two minutes when that song is playing, I believe everyone should put their hands on their heart and be proud of our country for we are all truly blessed. Recent history has shown that it is a place where anyone no matter what race or gender has the potential to become President of the United States. We live in the most special place in the world and should be thankful. After the song is over, I would encourage everyone to please use the podium they have, stand up for their beliefs, and make America a better place. The rebuilding of battery park and the freedom tower demonstrates that amazing things can be done in this country when we work together towards a common goal. It is a shame how quickly we have forgotten this as a society. Today we are more divided then ever before. I could never imagine multiple people sitting down during the national anthem on the September 11th anniversary. The lessons of 911 should teach us that if we come together, the world can be a better and more peaceful place #neverforget.
“Recent history has shown that it is a place where anyone no matter what race or gender has the potential to become President of the United States,” Upton said. “We live in the most special place in the world and should be thankful.”
Fellow model Jessica White took to Instagram to responded to Upton and state that all isn’t equal and fair for all citizens.
@kateupton I love you babe you know I do. But the freedom you speak of isn’t the same freedom that some of my people receive. Normally I wouldn’t say anything especially on this day as my best friend lost the love of her life on 9/11 but the sad fact of the matter is the violence and social injustice that plague our inner communities is the reason why these courageous men are peacefully protesting. Next time a young black male is shot down and his murder isn’t vindicated I hope you speak out loud about how his “freedom” was taken away from him/her. Now lets speak about how we can impart love back to a broken system that you would like us to stand for. #love jypsy
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