Super Bowl fans appeared to both boo and cheer President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden as they spoke to the crowd and asked for a moment of silence for those who died of covid-19.
“Enjoy hearing Joe Biden getting booed at the Super Bowl,” one social media account said, accompanied by a video in which booing is heard as President Biden is introduced.
Also, another video clip appears to show both booing and cheering when the White House couple are introduced, but the booing is less obvious than it is in the videos on social media.
In their video message, the Bidens asked those attending to have a moment of silence to remember the people who have died during the pandemic.
“So join us please … in our moment of silence for the 440,000 Americans who died during this pandemic,” Biden said.
The crowd’s reaction caused social media users on the left and right to use the moment to their advantage, while others stated that it was a moment of silence that only lasted for “0 seconds.”
Conservatives said the event was proof of Joe Biden’s unpopularity, with user Benny Johnson saying that Americans “have had enough of the health PSAs.”
Others criticized the booing, saying it was in response to the moment of silence and that it was disrespectful to the deceased.
Around 7,500 healthcare workers were there at the game and were thanked by Jill Biden for their work on the pandemic.
“We want to thank all the healthcare heroes, at the game and across the nation,” she said. “You helped us through this year with compassion and kindness.”
The Buccaneers won the game, beating the Chiefs with a final score of 31-9.