Vancouver woman singing O Canada at Seahawks game to kneel after U.S. anthem
VANCOUVER A Vancouver woman invited to sing O Canada before a Seahawks game in Seattle says she will take a knee during the American anthem to support protesting NFL players and make a statement about human rights.
Arielle Tuliao said she broke into tears when she read an email from the Seahawks asking her to sing Canada's national anthem on Sunday as part of the team's celebration honouring Canadian fans.
“They sent me a specific clip of me singing for the (Vancouver) Canucks, which in itself was my original dream,” Tuliao said Friday, the same day she decided she'd be kneeling with players.
The 28-year-old singer and actor who made her foray into belting out O Canada for professional teams by performing at a Vancouver Whitecaps soccer match last year said the opportunity to sing for the Seahawks brought up some conflicting feelings.
Tuliao wondered how she'd respond as players kneeled or locked arms during the Star-Spangled Banner in keeping with protests by NFL and NBA teams over police brutality against AfricanAmericans and President Donald Trump's portrayal of their stance as unpatriotic.