Rihanna rejects Super Bowl act because of Kaepernick, says 'I couldn't be a sellout'
Famous singer Rihanna is clarifying the issue with the NFL that people can’t stop talking about. This happened before the Super Bowl LII halftime show.
In her interview with Vogue for its November issue, she explained why she rejected the gig. This is her act of support for Colin Kaepernick. The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback knelt during the Star-Spangled Banner in protest of racial injustice and police brutality. While his acts caused quite a backlash with his Nike advertisement causing people to boycott, he has Rihanna and many others who support him in his endeavors.
“I couldn’t be a sellout.” These were Rihanna’s exact words. She said how she’s not going to do this for an organization she does not agree with. So whoever thinks she’ll participate in any shows in the future will have to wait much longer since she has no plans of doing so.
Rihanna even posted an illustration of Kaepernick kneeling on her Instagram page with the message “for those of you who thought I was watchin super bowl… We beefin.”
In return, Kaepernick thanked Rihanna on his Instagram story.
Just this August, Jay-Z actually entered into a partnership with the NFL with the Inspire Change Initiative. This is an agreement with a coalition of players who protested during the national anthem.
Rihanna’s statement comes to weeks after the announcement that Jennifer Lopez and Shakira will perform in the 2020 Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show.
For any NFL fans, this will happen on February 2 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens. Don’t expect Rihanna to be there.