“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.”
The singer Rihanna confirmed Wednesday that she turned down an invitation to perform at the 2019 Super Bowl halftime show to express solidarity with activist former NFL player Colin Kaepernick.
“I couldn’t dare do that,” Rihanna told Vogue in an interview. “For what? Who gains from that? Not my people. I just couldn’t be a sellout. I couldn’t be an enabler.”
Rihanna’s refusal to perform for the NFL this past February came two and a half years after Kaepernick, a former quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, first kneeled during the national anthem to protest racial injustice, particularly police killings of unarmed black Americans.
Kaepernick’s protest was attacked by then-presidential candidate Donald Trump and other conservatives, but won praise from other racial justice advocates and inspired other athletes to join him in declining to stand for the anthem. Kaepernick has not been signed to an NFL team since the 2016 season, despite his readiness and willingness to play.
“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,” Rihanna told Vogue.
The singer won praise on social media for supporting Kaepernick.
Note that Rihanna–an extremely wealthy person–is more calculated and humane in her business practices than some of your favorite shrewd businessmen, who happen to make more money than she does. Good for her.
Morality and gluttonous capitalism can’t coexist. https://t.co/TIi52YfIeA
— Ja’han Jones (@_Jahan) October 9, 2019
“I couldn’t dare do that,” Rihanna said of the NFL halftime show.
“For what? Who gains from that? Not my people. 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…”
See, it’s that simple, people.
— Ernest Owens (@MrErnestOwens) October 9, 2019
.@Rihanna turning down the NFL in protest of the Blackballing Kap was a sign of solidarity.@Rihanna doubling down on her stance, framing a partnership with the NFL as, “sell[ing] out,” is a powerful answer to Nina Simone’s call for artists to reflect the times of their people. pic.twitter.com/R8blgxanQD
— L E F T, PhD (@LeftSentThis) October 9, 2019
The campaign website Change.org also applauded Vic Oyedej, who began a petition last year calling on artists to decline any invitation to perform at the Super Bowl. The petition has gained more than 100,000 signatures so far.
“Rihanna’s statement underlines the inspiration for this viral Change.org petition,” wrote Sydney Dobkin, the website’s communications manager. “Vic’s campaign earned national media attention, celebrity endorsements, and ultimately, changed what it means to play on one of the biggest stages in the world.”
Ukraine begged Trump to raise issue of their captive sailors with Putin — he didn’t and Russia state TV gloated
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Jim Messina, who also was the campaign manager for Barack Obama's 2012 re-election campaign, was interviewed Monday on MSNBC's "The Last Word" by anchor Lawrence O'Donnell.
O'Donnell noted the note the White House physician sent to White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham:
[caption id="attachment_1563602" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Memorandum from Dr. Sean Conley to Stephanie Grisham.[/caption]
Trump doctor denies the president underwent any ‘neurologic evaluations’ at Walter Reed Hospital
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The memo was sent to Grisham.
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