Rihanna Reportedly Refused To Perform At The Super Bowl In Support Of Colin Kaepernick
You don’t have to wonder where Rihanna’s loyalties lie. Her heart is with the people.
Weeks ago, the NFL announced that Maroon 5 would be performing during the Super Bowl’s halftime show. This year’s big game will take place in Atlanta. And with its history in Black music, people were wondering how this band got the call.
Well, Maroon 5 might not have been the first choice when it came to performers. Apparently, Rihanna’s name also came up.
But a source told US Weekly, “The NFL and CBS really wanted Rihanna to be next year’s performer in Atlanta. They offered it to her, but she said no because of the kneeling controversy. She doesn’t agree with the NFL’s stance.”
The kneeling controversy, for those who may be lost, began when Colin Kaepernick, the former quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers sparked a national conversation when he began kneeling during the national anthem. When he was questioned about his posture, Kaepernick shared that he was kneeling in protest of the ways African Americans are treated in this country, particularly by law enforcement. You’ll recall that Kaepernick’s last season in the league—2016—was a particularly bad summer when it came to Black deaths at the hands of police officers.
But the Right twisted the message behind Kaepernick’s protest and took it as a sign of disrespect to the anthem, the flag and members of the military. And as a result, his contract with the 49ers was not renewed. No other team in the league will work with him.
Since then, other players and entire teams began kneeling during the anthem. After the outcry from the conservatives, the NFL enacted a policy that would suspend individuals and fine entire teams if all players refused to stand for the anthem. It was later put on hold.
Once Rihanna turned down the job, Maroon 5 was next in line.
There are rumors that Cardi will join the group to perform their hit song together “Girls Like You.” But that has yet to be confirmed.
But kudos to RIh Rih for using her power and influence to send a message.