It is no secret that Rihanna turned down the opportunity to perform at the Super Bowl halftime show last year where the Patriots beat the Rams in one of the lowest scoring Super Bowls ever. She turned down the opportunity saying she didn’t want to be a sellout. But what kind of sellout was she referencing? Mainstream music sellout, or was it something deeper?

On Super Bowl Sunday this past February Rihanna posted a picture of Colin Kaepernick on her Instagram. The caption read, “For those of you who thought I was watchin super bowl… we beefin”. Not much had been discussed on the subject since, until RiRi recently sat down with Vogue magazine for an interview, as she will feature on the cover in November. She expanded on why she decided not to perform. 

“I couldn’t dare do that. 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, and I was not about to go and be of service to them in any way.”

Whether or not Colin Kaepernick was treated unfairly is irrelevant to Rihanna. She knows where she stands on the subject, even with the NFL making changes this year to their entertainment and music division bringing in Jay-Z’s Roc Nation. 

Source: https://ftw.usatoday.com/2019/10/rihanna-super-bowl-i-just-couldnt-be-a-sellout