Sevyn Streeter was set to perform the national anthem at the Philadelphia 76ers' season opening game last night, but the singer was denied the opportunity because she was wearing a "We Matter" jersey in reference to the Black Lives Matter movement.
"I'm at the 76ers game to sing the national anthem and the organization is telling me that I can't because I'm wearing a 'We Matter' jersey," the Girl Disrupted star explained to fans in a Twitter video. A member of the Sixers dance team sang the national anthem on the court instead.
“I’d say two minutes before we were about to walk out…the organization told me that I could not wear my shirt while singing the national anthem at their game,” Sevyn told the Associated Press. “I was never given any kind of dress code. I was never asked beforehand to show my wardrobe.”
The basketball team responded to the incident in a statement (via TIME):
“The Philadelphia 76ers organization encourages meaningful actions to drive social change. We use our games to bring people together, to build trust and to strengthen our communities. As we move from symbolic gestures to action, we will continue to leverage our platform to positively impact our community.”
A moment that was meant to celebrate and uplift Black people was instead shut down because of a simple shirt, proving that many still unfortunately can't shake outdated mindsets.
Below, watch Sevyn, Mario and Aaron Gillespie reveal their weird fears to Fuse: