Sandy Hook Elementary Super Bowl Performance Is Not Exploitation (VIDEO)

Sandy Hook On Sunday, 26 children from Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, will sing at the Super Bowl to honor the 26 children and educators who were killed in the horrific Newtown massacre last month.

The kids will sing “America the Beautiful” live just before before Alicia Keys performs the national anthem.

For many who tune into the Super Bowl, it will be a highlight. Hell, I would be more likely to tune in now because of this beautiful tribute. But some at ProFootballTalk.com called it exploitative, a means to get better ratings and use the Sandy Hook kids to do so. But is it? In the YouTube video below, singer Ingrid Michaelson leads the children in a rendition of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” It's beautiful.

I get the complaint that it could be construed as exploitative, but the NFL has actually been connected to Sandy Hook since it happened.

First they held a moment of silence before each game in the week after Newtown. Players wore the names of the victims on various articles of their clothing, and there was always an air of sadness and respect. So why wouldn't they have the kids perform at the Super Bowl? It's a national, fun event, and while we have HAD to move on as a country, it also says that we're still grieving. It says the kids are in our hearts and that we haven't forgotten.

There is nothing wrong with that sentiment. It's true.

The Super Bowl may be just football, but it's one time each year when most of the US is focused on one certain thing. Why shouldn't we pay tribute to our national sense of grief and outrage?

It's not political. It's not exploitative. I am sure the kids are excited and happy to be there. A kind anonymous donor even paid for their trips.

It's too bad people have to be so cynical about such a beautiful tribute.

Do you think this is wrong?

 

Image via YouTube

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bills... billsfan1104

I think people are cynical, me included, because they are being exploited. Do you really think they would be there if Sandy Hook didn't happen? What about how some democrats, use the victims parents to further their political aspirations or agenda? Or how MSNBC deliberately edited a video to make it look like a sandy hook parent was being heckled? And how one of your fellow writers fell for it? That is why people are cynical. Because this time next year, the next victim will be in the media and Sandy Hook will be a blip on the radar.

bills... billsfan1104

And I don't watch the Super Bowl to grieve or to be reminded to grieve. I am very upset with what happened and I cried that day for all those lost souls, but we should work to be better people and love our families more.

kelti... kelticmom

Of course they wouldn't be there if Sandy Hook didn't happen. But I see it as a beautiful way to honor and remember those children who lost their lives. It's like a living memorial. And like the Super Bowl really has to use this to "boost their ratings". That's just ridiculous. It's one of the most watched televised events each year.

Craft... CraftyJenna

I think it's explotation, and pretty disgusting that the parents allowed their children to be used like that. 

nonmember avatar SammyD

This is very much a political exploitation. If they want to have a poignant and beautiful ceremony of remembrance, then it should be done at a National venue like a National Park, The Mall in DC, or such not at a commercial venue nor in front of an inebriated and jubilant crowd. No one at the Superbowl or watching it on TV wants be reminded of such a tragedy in the middle of having a good time. How would you have liked it, in the beginning of your Wedding, that it was paused to have the children of Sandy Hook or 911 Survivors come to sing or describe their horror instead of the Wedding March? Didn't think so.

kelly... kelly24019

This is why I hate people

kelti... kelticmom

Oh yes, how dare we let reality and honoring the memory of a national tragedy at a national event get in the way of your football fun times. So much better to drink, eat nachos and watch sleazy GoDaddy commercials then to take 3 minutes to solemnly reflect that there are 20 little lives that will not be watching this year with their families. Smdh.

kelti... kelticmom

Btw, do you also get all bent out of shape when they sing the National Anthem, or take a moment to remember the troops at the NFL games as well?

amiec... amiecanflie

Only problem I have with it is that everyone seems to forget there were 27 victims. 

dreamsky dreamsky

Amen kelticmom!

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