Rihanna Turns Down Super Bowl Halftime Show In Support Of Colin Kaepernick
The singer had considered the offer to perform, but in the end turned down the opportunity.
A source told Entertainment Tonight that Rihanna, “stands with the players and Colin Kaepernick.”
“The NFL and Fox really wanted Rihanna to be next year’s performer in Atlanta,” a source told Us Weekly. “They offered it to her, but she said no because of the kneeling controversy. She doesn’t agree with the NFL’s stance.”
Rihanna’s fans are divided on her decision to not perform at the halftime show, some of her fans have even gone to Twitter to express their feelings toward her decline.
A Rihanna stan is never an unsatisfied stan https://t.co/TuB6lgzaKC
— KB (@KaraRBrown) October 18, 2018
Rihanna is the only one of us going to heaven https://t.co/Cmr6ybwtJh
— jes 🥀 (@jestom) October 19, 2018
I think it's cool that Rihanna turned down the Super Bowl because she doesn't agree with their attempt to silence those who kneel. I think all artists should've joined forces and decided not to perform but you can't expect everyone to stand up for something important. pic.twitter.com/xEOyt5H20Z
— I Luh God ✨ (@aVeryRichBish) October 18, 2018
— vermillion44 (@ScottyLeanne) October 18, 2018
Kaepernick, a former quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, was the first NFL player to protest racial inequality and police brutality by taking a knee during the national anthem at the NFL 2016 season games.
The athlete-turned-activist was frequently targeted by President Trump over the issue. At a rally in Alabama last year, Trump took a dig at Kaepernick saying, “wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out! He’s fired. He’s fired!”
This year the NFL sought to end the controversy over national anthem protests by creating a policy that would prevent players from protesting during the national anthem. The policy ended up being placed on hold after a wave of complaints from players and fans.