Rihanna Opens up About Refusal to Perform at 2018 Super Bowl
Rihanna Opens up About Refusal to Perform at 2018 Super Bowl in a recent interview with ‘Vogue,’ Rihanna confirmed the reason she turned down the 2018 Super Bowl Halftime Show.
It was initially reported by 'US Weekly' that the 31-year-old singer turned down the offer due to the Colin Kaepernick kneeling controversy of 2016. However, Rihanna just confirmed this rumour.
In her 'Vogue' interview, Rihanna said that was “absolutely” her reason for refusing the NFL’s offer. She said,
"I couldn’t dare do that. For what? Who gains from that? Not my people. I just couldn’t be a sellout"
RiRi said she did not want to be of any “service to them,” as she did not agree with their treatment of Kaepernick.
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.
During the 49ers' third preseason game in 2016, Kaepernick began to sit during the playing of the U.S. national anthem prior to games, rather than stand as is customary, as a protest against racial injustice and systematic oppression in the country.
The following week, and throughout the regular season, Kaepernick began kneeling instead of standing during the anthem. The actions resulted in a wider protest movement, which intensified in September 2017 after President Donald Trump said that NFL owners should "fire" players who protest the national anthem.
Following the season, Kaepernick opted out of his contract and became a free agent, but went unsigned. In November 2017, Kaepernick filed a grievance against the NFL and its owners, accusing them of colluding to keep him out of the league. Kaepernick withdrew the grievance in February 2019 after reaching a confidential settlement with the NFL.