- President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden appeared on the videoboard at Raymond James Stadium before the Super Bowl LV to thank healthcare workers
- During their video message, the Bidens called for a moment of silence for the more than 463,000 lives that have been lost during the pandemic
- Instead of a moment of silence, several fans at the stadium were heard booing
- The lack of silence prompted some Americans watching from home to take to Twitter to respond to the incident
Moments before Super Bowl LV kicked off Sunday night, President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden made a pre-recorded appearance to honor the more than 463,000 people who have died from COVID-19 by asking for a moment of silence – instead they were booed by some of the crowd.
‘Before kickoff we wanted to thank all the frontline healthcare heroes both at the game and watching across the country. You put yourself at risk to keep the rest of us safe. You and your families carried us through this year with courage, compassion and kindness. We couldn’t have made it without you. With all our hearts thank you.
The president said: ‘Now as we thank you and all of our essential workers, let’s remember we all can do our part to save lives. Wear masks, stay socially-distanced, get tested, get vaccinated when it’s your turn, and most of all let’s remember all those who we’ve lost.
‘So please join us, the Kansas City Chiefs, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the National Football League in a moment of silence for the more than 440,000 Americans who lost their lives in this pandemic and for their loved ones who are left behind.’
Instead of a moment of silence, fans in the crowd were heard booing.
The boos infuriated many Americans watching at home who took to Twitter.
— Zack (@zackattack42) February 8, 2021