Fact Check

NFL 'Unbans' Beyoncé After Public Apology?

If you wanted to read the apology, it would be hard to find.

Published Sep 14, 2023

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Claim:
Beyoncé was "unbanned" by the NFL after she issued a public apology for singing "Lift Every Voice and Sing," also known as the Black national anthem, at a game.

On Sept. 13, 2023, SpaceXMania published an article claiming that the National Football League (NFL) had "unbanned" Beyoncé after she publicly apologized for singing "Lift Every Voice and Sing," also known as the Black national anthem, at a game.

The article said:

'We Respect Our Artists': NFL Unbans Beyoncé After Public Apology

In today's fast-paced digital age, where every tweet, post, or comment can spark a global debate, the National Football League (NFL) found itself in the eye of a storm. The cause? A performance by global music sensation Beyoncé. Known for her audacious style and unparalleled stage presence, Beyoncé's decision to perform an "Alternative National Anthem" at an NFL event became the talk of the town.

However, if you wanted to read the apology for yourself, you wouldn't be able to find it.

That's because the article wasn't recounting real-life events. SpaceXMania's About Us section states: 

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At the time of this writing, Beyoncé had not sung at any NFL games in September. No reputable publications had reported she'd been banned for singing "Lift Every Voice and Sing" at a football game or any other public event.

We previously wrote about another satirical SpaceXMania article that claimed the NFL had banned Beyoncé for life after she sang "Lift Every Voice and Sing" at a game.

For background, here is why we sometimes write about satire/humor.

Sources

"About Us." SpaceXMania, https://spacexmania.com/about-us/. Accessed 14 Sept. 2023.

"Disclaimer." SpaceXMania, https://spacexmania.com/disclaimer/. Accessed 14 Sept. 2023.

Liles, Jordan. "NFL Issues Beyoncé Lifetime Ban for Singing Black National Anthem at Game?" Snopes, 12 Sept. 2023, https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/beyonce-booed-nfl-ban/.

Izz Scott LaMagdeleine is a fact-checker for Snopes.