Rihanna Explains Her Decision to Turn Down the Super Bowl
"I just couldn't be a sellout"
Published Oct 09, 2019Last year, Rihanna turned down an offer to perform at the 2019 Super Bowl halftime show. She reportedly made her decision based on the NFL's treatment of former kneeling football player Colin Kaepernick, citing that she didn't agree with the league's stance. Now, she has expanded on that decision.
In conversation with Vogue, the singer revealed that her reasoning behind the snubb came down to her political and social beliefs.
"For what? Who gains from that? Not my people," Rihanna said. "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."
Colin Kaepernick began kneeling during the national anthem before NFL games back in 2016 in protest of police brutality. He was later fired by the league. Multiple artists have come out in support of the former player, including Cardi B, JAY-Z Beyoncé.
Also in the interview, Rihanna also shed more light on her upcoming ninth album.
"I like to look at it as a reggae-inspired or reggae-infused album," she said. "It's not gonna be typical of what you know as reggae. But you're going to feel the elements in all of the tracks."
So far, though, no firm details about the record have arrived — but maybe she's just been too busy DMing NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh.