Kate Upton is speaking out to slam NFL players who are taking the knee or not standing while the National Anthem is performed.
The 24-year-old model and frequent Sports Illustrated cover star initially tweeted that she doesn’t support the recent act of protest, started by Colin Kaepernick. She then added a lengthier explanation on Instagram.
“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,” Kate wrote on Instagram.
“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,” Kate added. “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,” she continued. “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.”