Amy Schumer urges Maroon 5 to cancel Super Bowl gig

Amy Schumer thinks Maroon 5 should cancel their planned appearance at the Super Bowl.

The 37-year-old actress has taken to her Instagram account to call on the Adam Levine-led band to withdraw from the high-profile event in 2019, and has revealed she won't be starring in any Super Bowl commercials this year in support of the American football star Colin Kaepernick, who sparked a controversy by kneeling during the US national anthem.

In a lengthy post, Amy wrote: "I wonder why more white players aren't kneeling. Once you witness the truly deep inequality and endless racism people of color face in our country, not to mention the police brutality and murders. Why not kneel next to your brothers? Otherwise how are you not complicit? (sic)"

Amy then turned the focus onto Maroon 5, calling on the band to follow Rihanna - who recently rejected the Super Bowl gig - and to show their support for Kaepernick.

She said: "I think it would be cool if @maroon5 backed out of super bowl like @badgalriri Did. I personally told my reps I wouldn't do a Super Bowl commercial this year. I know it must sound like a privilege ass sacrifice but it's all i got. Hitting the nfl with the advertisers is the only way to really hurt them.

"I know opposing the nfl is like opposing the nra. Very tough, but don't you want to be proud of how you're living? Stand up for your brothers and sisters of color. And the hottest thing a guy can do is get down on one knee. Not to propose but to reject the treatment of his teammates by this country. Anyone who says its disrespectful to our military please read up on the fact that a lot of veterans are proud of what @kaepernick7 is doing and fully support him. What are your thoughts? (sic)"