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Mariah Carey picture with Kaepernick attracts criticism

SUPPORT: Mariah Carey has described meeting Colin Kaepernick as an honour

MARIAH CAREY has upset some of her fans by sharing a picture of herself with Colin Kaepernick.

The singer posted the image of herself and the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback standing side by side smiling with the caption “Such an honor [sic] to meet Kaepernick today!”

Kaepernick’s decision to protest against racial injustice in the United States by kneeling during the national anthem sparked a nationwide debate.

Despite not having played in the league for over a year, Kaepernick remains one of its most talked about – and divisive – figures as a result of his activism.

The criticism directed towards Carey on Instagram appears to have come solely from white commenters.

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Such an honor to meet @kaepernick7 today!

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One Instagram user, who described herself as one of Carey’s “biggest fans ever”, said: “I’m literally one of your biggest fans ever, been going to your concerts for years. I must say this picture really bums me out. Kaepernick is no hero, not sure how or why it’s an honor [sic] to meet him. A man that dishonours our policemen, military and most of all this beautiful country is nothing but a hater.”

"He is the poster boy of a lie. Police are more likely to shoot unarmed white men #facts."

Many of Carey's fans showed support for her and Kaepernick.

One commenter said: “Both legends. Shocked at the amount of hatred from only white people. Check your white privilege before making their fight about you.”

Another wrote: “News flash! Mariah Carey is biracial or did you racists forget. And thank you for kneeling Kaepernick for equality. Awesome picture.”

Those who support Kaepernick argue he has been blacklisted from the NFL and praise him for his continued efforts to use his platform to fight for equality.

While his opponents say his protest is disrespectful to military veterans and have gone to drastic measures to proclaim their disdain for him.

After the 31-year-old was revealed as one of the faces of Nike’s new advertising campaign, a protest ensued against the brand with some customers vowing to return goods they had bought from the company or burn them.

Following the launch of the Kaepernick fronted campaign, Nike announced its online sales were up 31 per cent.

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