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Kate Upton had social media in an uproar after she slammed NFL players for protesting the National Anthem, calling it “disgraceful.”

Referring to the Miami Dolphins players who kneeled down during the anthem at Sunday night’s game, Upton posted a response on Instagram: “Sitting or kneeling down during the national anthem is a disgrace….I could never imagine multiple people sitting down during the national anthem on the Sept. 11th anniversary.”

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In my opinion, the national anthem is a symbolic song about our country. It represents honoring the many brave men and women who sacrifice and have sacrificed their lives each and every single day to protect our freedom. Sitting or kneeling down during the national anthem is a disgrace to those people who have served and currently serve our country. Sitting down during the national anthem on September 11th is even more horrific. Protest all you want and use social media all you want. However, during the nearly two minutes when that song is playing, I believe everyone should put their hands on their heart and be proud of our country for we are all truly blessed. Recent history has shown that it is a place where anyone no matter what race or gender has the potential to become President of the United States. We live in the most special place in the world and should be thankful. After the song is over, I would encourage everyone to please use the podium they have, stand up for their beliefs, and make America a better place. The rebuilding of battery park and the freedom tower demonstrates that amazing things can be done in this country when we work together towards a common goal. It is a shame how quickly we have forgotten this as a society. Today we are more divided then ever before. I could never imagine multiple people sitting down during the national anthem on the September 11th anniversary. The lessons of 911 should teach us that if we come together, the world can be a better and more peaceful place #neverforget.

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But supermodel Jessica White was not here for Kate’s rant. She also took to IG to address the situation: “I love you babe you know I do. But the freedom you speak of isn’t the same freedom that some of my people receive. Next time a young black male is shot down and his murder isn’t vindicated I hope you speak out loud about how his “freedom” was taken away from him/her.”

The Miami Dolphins’ decision not to stand during the National Anthem was the latest in a series of protests. The demonstrations began with 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who says he will not stand for a country that systemically oppresses people of color.

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