'I Couldn't Dare Do That': Why Rihanna Turned Down The Super Bowl Halftime Show
After telling fans she wouldn't be performing at Super Bowl earlier this year, the singer elaborated as to why she declined to partake in the halftime show in an interview in Vogue's November issue.
Speaking to the esteemed fashion mag, RiRi revealed that she declined the chance to perform in the huge sporting event in solidarity with former San Francisco 49ers quarterback, Colin Kaepernick.
Kaepernick famously made headlines back in 2016 when he took a knee during the National Anthem at NFL games to raise awareness about the ongoing police brutality against people of colour, as well as other social injustices in America.
"I couldn't dare do that," the singer said in an interview with Vogue's Abby Aguirre.
"For what? Who gains from that? Not my people. I just couldn't be a sellout. I couldn't be an enabler. There are 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."
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Prior to February's event, rumours had begun circling that the star and creator of FENTY had turned down the halftime show, with Maroon 5 later revealed to be taking on the gig along with Travis Scott and Big Boi.
Cardi B was also reportedly approached, but also turned it down in solidarity with Kaepernick.
As for the 2020 Super Bowl, which is set to kick off on February 2nd at Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium, it was announced in September that singers Jennifer Lopez and Shakira would be headlining the halftime show.
During her Vogue interview, Rihanna also touched on the devastating mass shootings that have taken place around America in recent years.
“It is devastating,” she said.
“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 colour of their skin? It’s a slap in the face. It’s completely racist.”
She continued, “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.”