Rihanna Turns Down Super Bowl Halftime Show in Support of Kaepernick


Marissa Johnson, Reporter

Maroon 5 was never the NFL’s first choice to play the 2019 Super Bowl halftime show. It was in fact Rihanna who received their request “The NFL and Fox really wanted Rihanna to be next year’s performer in Atlanta,” according to a source. “They offered it to her, but she said no because of the kneeling controversy. She doesn’t agree with the NFL’s stance. She supports Colin Kaepernick.”

Kaepernick’s decision to begin kneeling during the anthem in 2016 sparked a heated national debate, with critics including U.S. President Donald Trump calling the players unpatriotic. The NFL gave in to pressure from Trump and ordered players not to kneel on the field during the anthem. After the protests, Kaepernick could not find a job for the 2017 season and sued the NFL, accusing owners of colluding to blackball him. He is still without a team. Kaepernick has said he realizes the potential consequences of the situation. “I have to stand up for people that are oppressed… If they take football away, my endorsements from me, I know that I stood up for what is right.”

“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick said in an interview after the game. “To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.” Says Colin Kaepernick.

Rihanna’s decision to reject the offer over a political issue follows her Instagram message earlier this month urging fans to vote in the November U.S. congressional elections. “I think if Rihanna doesn’t want to perform then it’s her choice and I don’t think people should kneel because it’s disrespectful to our country. At the same time It’s also her own opinion and it shouldn’t affect anyone else.” Annika Peterson (22) Wit that said their are also people who believe that taking a knee during the national anthem is supporting racial injustice.

The Super Bowl is the year’s most-watched U.S. television broadcast of the year, regularly drawing more than 100 million viewers. The game will be played on Feb. 3, 2019, in Atlanta, Georgia. The NFL approached both Rihanna and singer Pink early in its halftime show discussions, but that both women moved on when the negotiations took a long time. Kaepernick did not come up in those early conversations. “ I think Rihanna is entitled to her opinion about the situation and it shows respect; you kneel for god so why not for racial injustice.” Kylee Johnson (21)