Rihanna Declined Super Bowl Performance To Support Colin Kaepernick
Rihanna is confirming what’s been suspected, she turned down the Super Bowl halftime performance as an act of solidarity with Colin Kaepernick. Our favorite Bad Gal is on the current cover of VOGUE and inside she’s speaking on a number of topics including Deranged Dorito and her plans to release a reggae album.
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@badgalriri is our November issue cover star! She talks to @abbyaguirre about @fenty, that album you’re waiting for, being happy in love, and, oh yes, she has a few choice words for the president. Tap the link in our bio for the full profile. Photographed by @ethanjamesgreen, styled by @tonnegood, written by @abbyaguirre, Vogue, November 2019.
Things got especially interesting however when RiRi was asked about the Super Bowl. Rumors previously swirled that she turned down an opportunity to perform during halftime and Rih told VOGUE it’s “absolutely true” because she didn’t want to be a “sellout” and go against Colin Kaepernick.
“I couldn’t dare do that,” Rihanna said of the halftime show. “For what? Who gains from that? Not my people. I just couldn’t be a sellout. I couldn’t be an enabler. There’s things within that organization that I do not agree with at all, and I was not about to go and be of service to them in any way.”
That’s not the only part of the interview that’s interesting, however, people are pointing out that the interviewer Abby Aguire blatantly confessed that she “didn’t have time to prepare questions” for Rih—-SERIOUSlY?!
“Normally I bring a list of questions, but I didn’t have time to prepare one, which I make a split-second decision to confess. “I’m winging it, so you have to help me,” I say nervously. Rihanna flashes a grin that is somehow both reassuring and mischievous. “Aren’t we all?” she says.”
Uhhh….now if a blac….
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Our November cover star @badgalriri has left her mark on music, design, beauty, lingerie—and now she’s upending fashion at the highest levels. Tap the link in our bio to read her full cover story. Photographed by @ethanjamesgreen, styled by @tonnegood, written by @abbyaguirre, Vogue, November 2019.
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Ri also did a quick video with VOGUE’s EIC Anna Wintour and shut down pregnancy rumors.
“Do you hope to have a baby soon?” asked Anna. “I don’t think about stuff like that, but ..” said a stammering Rih. “I don’t know. God’s plan, but I look forward to all of the pregnancy rumors after this interview.”
Rih’s Colin Kaepernick comments have spurned new support for a viral Change.org petition from last year, which asked Maroon 5 to pass on their opportunity to perform the LIII show for like-minded reasons.
The petition was launched by Vic Oyedeji who wrote:
“Rihanna has reportedly turned down the opportunity to perform in front of over 100 million people at the 2019 Super Bowl halftime show. Why? She supports Colin Kaepernick, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback who has been exiled from the NFL because of his decision to kneel during the national anthem.
Kaepernick risked his career to take a knee for equality, and the NFL punished him for it. Until the league changes their policy and support players’ constitutional right to protest, no artists should agree to work with the NFL.”
Nearly 150,000 people have signed the petition click HERE to check it out.