Rihanna Explains Why She Turned Down Super Bowl Halftime Show
Rihanna would consider herself a “sell out” if she performed at the Super Bowl halftime show.
In a new Vogue interview by Abby Aguirre, the iconic pop star revealed she turned down the gig in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick, the NFL quarterback who knelt during the National Anthem in protest of police brutality and racism.
“I couldn’t dare do that. 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,” the 31-year-old explained.
The admission comes after it was announced that Jennifer Lopez and Shakira, both Latina entertainers, would perform the Super Bowl LIV halftime show at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Florida on February 2.
The star’s unwavering support of minorities also plays a part in her stance against gun violence as she is “devastated” by the mass shootings in the U.S., according to the interview. To date, there have been at least 334 mass shootings since the beginning of 2019, in which a total of 385 people were killed.
“People are being murdered by war weapons that they legally purchase. This is just not normal. That should never, ever be normal. And the fact that it’s classified as something different because of the color of their skin? It’s a slap in the face. It’s completely racist,” she explained.
And she didn’t mince words for President Donald Trump’s response to the deadly epidemic.
“Put an Arab man with that same weapon in that same Walmart and there is no way that Trump would sit there and address it publicly as a mental health problem. The most mentally ill human being in America right now seems to be the president,” Rihanna stated.
But the Barbadian business mogul maintains hope adding, “I feel like the darkness has actually forced people to find this light within them where they want to do better.”
Source : TooFab