GET UP, STAND UP: Rihanna Confirms She Turned Down Doing the Super Bowl in Support of Colin Karpernick – “I Couldn’t Be a Sell Out”
10.10.19

Rihanna basically told the NFL – “Not me, girl!”

Rihanna previously let her fans know that they shouldn’t expect to see her performing at next year’s Super Bowl Halftime Show, and in Vogue’s November issue, the singer admitted that she was offered the chance to perform, but turned it down. Rihanna declined in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick, the former NFL quarterback who caused a stir among football fans when he began to kneel in protest of police brutality and racism during the National Anthem at his games in 2016.

“I couldn’t dare do that,” she explained. “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.” It was recently confirmed that Jennifer Lopez and Shakira will be taking the stage at this year’s Super Bowl.

Rihanna’s mentor Jay-Z recently made a move to work with the NFL which has drawn a lot of criticism, including from people who once praised him. Although Hov and the NFL are working on entertainment and social causes together, many have pointed out that it seems far too self-serving. Jay’s also been accused of essentially turning his back on Colin Kaepernick, although Jay’s refuted that claim in the past.

Since Rihanna’s ‘Vogue’ story hit shelves, According to the folks over at The Blast her team has spoken out clarifying that those comments regarding “selling out” were made without any knowledge of Jay-Z’s dealing with the organization. They said she had “no idea” negotiations were even happening in the first place.

Rihanna is still signed to Jay-Z’s Roc Nation so it seems very doubtful that she’d make that statement with any reason to shade Hov. However, one’s got to wonder whether she and Jay-Z ever spoke about it behind closed doors. Thoughts?



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