Rihanna Speaks About Turning Down Superbowl Performance: "I Just Couldn’t Be a Sellout"
“It’s a slap in the face. It’s completely racist.”
Rihanna has been unveiled as the cover star for Vogue‘s November issue. The global star dons a FENTY tulle coat on the cover styled by fashion editor Tonne Goodman. In the in-depth feature written by Abby Aguirre she touches on declining a Superbowl performance, President Donald Trump and her upcoming album.
During the expansive feature, Rihanna opens up about turning down a Superbowl performance to stand in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick:
“Absolutely. 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.”
On Trump and his opinions on the El Paso shooting:
“It is devastating. People are being murdered by war weapons that they legally purchase. This is just not normal. That should never, ever be normal. And the fact that it’s classified as something different because of the color of their skin? It’s a slap in the face. It’s completely racist.”
On R9 her highly anticipated album and what fans can expect:
“I like to look at it as a reggae-inspired or reggae-infused album. It’s not gonna be typical of what you know as reggae. But you’re going to feel the elements in all of the tracks. Reggae always feels right to me. It’s in my blood.”
As a whole, the cover story digs deep and provides an intimate look at Rihanna’s day-to-day. In the feature, she also touched on her LVMH fashion house FENTY, Fenty Beauty, Savage X Fenty and more.
Head over to Vogue to read the full cover story.