Superbowl Halftime Show: Rihanna Turns Down Offer, What Now?
by Kristine Sage
5 months ago
Barbadian singer and avid chart-topper Rihanna reportedly turned down the offer of a Super Bowl performance, in support of former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who has been exiled from the National Football League after his “taking a knee” during the National Anthem.
Colin Kaepernick became America’s most polarizing sports star when he had refused to stand up for the national anthem. “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of colour,” Kaepernick told NFL.com’s Steve Wyche, who then broke the story. “There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”
Until today, the ruling over anthem protests remain unclear, but Colin Kaepernick is undeniably the country’s most influential American footballer, and the symbol of a movement. But he cannot play football officially anymore.
You probably recognize his face when Nike made him the face of one of their biggest campaigns yet, the company’s 30th anniversary Just Do It ad. A simple, yet powerful black-and-white picture of the kneeling quarterback-slash-activist superimposed with nine words: “Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything.”
“The NFL and CBS really wanted Rihanna to be next year’s performer in Atlanta,” according to an insider. “They offered it to her, but she said no because of the kneeling controversy. She doesn’t agree with the NFL’s stance.”
Contrary to popular belief that it would be quite the headache to find a replacement act, Maroon 5 have agreed to be the halftime performers this year, according to multiple sources. And people are also speculating that rapper Cardi B will join them to amp up the event’s star power.