Rihanna Turns Down Performing At Super Bowl Halftime Show And Sparks A Trend

Contributed by Anaya Ray 

For many the halftime performance at the Super Bowl has been almost or just as important as the actual game.

Since Colin Kaepernick‘s, former San Francisco 49ers quarterback, #TakeAKnee movement, which sheds light on the ongoing oppression of people of color, many fans and celebrities have expressed their stance with the movement and disapproval of the NFL.

Since the movement artists like Jay-Z have declined to perform at the NFL stating, “I said no to the Super Bowl: you need me, I don’t need you.”

Following in his foot steps, most recently, multi talented mogul Rihanna has declined to perform at this year’s Super Bowl.

Sources have told People Magazine that, “yes they asked her and yes, she declined.”

Sources also say the main reason behind declining was because Rihanna stands in solidarity with the movement and Colin Kaepernick.

Since word has spread of the singer’s decision many other celebrities have expressed their stance on the issue as well.

Amy Schumer, stand up comedian and actress, applauded Rihanna on declining the offer and took to social media to share her thoughts on the decision.

She went on to say in another post her confusion as to why more players aren’t standing beside Kaepernick and the movement.

“Friday thought. I wonder why more white players aren’t kneeling. Once you witness the truly deep inequality and endless racism people of color face in our country, not to mention the policy brutality and murders. Why not kneel next to your brothers? Otherwise how are you not complicit?”

Along with Schumer other celebrities took to social media to express their approval of Rihanna declining to perform.

Rihanna’s fans also shared their thoughts on her stance with the #TakeAKnee Movement.

Rihanna’s decision has sparked a fire in other artists to decline performing for the halftime show as well.

Singers like Pink and Trisha Paytas have both declined performing for the NFL in solidarity with the movement and Kaepernick.

Just to think how much of an impact the movement can have on the NFL if more artists have that same fire and will to stand with a movement as powerful as #TakeAKnee.

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