Comedian and talk show host Steve Harvey waded into serious waters Wednesday on his Twitter as he defended Colin Kaepernick and other athletes right to protest by kneeling during the playing of the National Anthem.
"Land of the Free" aint true for all sadly. Free to go to the store and buy skittles? Free to play in the park? Free to just be? #SHMS (2/2)— Steve Harvey (@IAmSteveHarvey) September 14, 2016
Aint that what America about though? Being able to express your opinion? I support @Kaepernick7 and his right to express his.— Steve Harvey (@IAmSteveHarvey) September 14, 2016
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In one of his tweets Harvey says "free to go to the store and buy Skittles?" referencing the 2012 shooting death of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman.
Harvey received both support and some push back on Twitter for his position. One poster tweeted "You're here in Chicago. Where's the outrage for the YTD 3K shooting victims or the 500 murdered? Focus on the real issues."
Harvey responded he'd dedicated entire shows to gun violence.
The talk show host isn't the first celebrity to voice an opinion on the National Anthem kneel. Earlier this week model Kate Upton slammed members of the Miami Dolphins for kneeling during the anthem on the 9/11 15th anniversary, calling their actions a disgrace.