LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) – Pop celebrity Rihanna declined a proposal to carry out at a Super Bowl halftime present as a result of she supported former National Football League quarterback Colin Kaepernick and his protest in opposition to racial injustice, in accordance with media studies.
US Weekly and different studies cited an unnamed supply as saying that the NFL and broadcaster CBS Corp “really wanted Rihanna to be next year’s performer.”
However, she declined in help of Kaepernick, the primary participant to kneel because the nationwide anthem performed at a game in protest over racial inequality and police brutality in opposition to black folks and minorities within the United States.
“They offered it to her, but she said no because of the kneeling controversy. She doesn’t agree with the NFL’s stance,” the supply advised US Weekly.
Rihanna’s determination to reject the provide over a political concern follows her Instagram message earlier this month urging followers to vote within the November US congressional elections. She is considered one of a number of celebrities who have taken political stances forward of the voting.
The Super Bowl is the yr’s most-watched US tv broadcast of the yr, frequently drawing greater than 100 million viewers. The game can be performed on Feb three, 2019, in Atlanta, Georgia.
Representatives for the NFL and Rihanna didn’t instantly reply to requests for remark. A CBS spokeswoman directed inquiries to the NFL.
An unnamed supply advised Entertainment Tonight that the NFL approached each Rihanna and singer Pink early in its halftime present discussions, however that each ladies moved on when the negotiations took a very long time. That supply mentioned Kaepernick didn’t come up in these early conversations.
Kaepernick’s determination to start kneeling through the anthem in 2016 sparked a heated nationwide debate, with critics together with US President Donald Trump calling the gamers unpatriotic. The NFL gave in to strain from Trump and ordered gamers to not kneel on the sphere through the anthem.
After the protests, Kaepernick couldn’t discover a job for the 2017 season and sued the NFL, accusing house owners of colluding to blackball him. He remains to be and not using a workforce.
Several media retailers have reported that the NFL has chosen pop band Maroon 5 because the halftime performer, however no announcement has been made.
Representatives for Pink and Maroon 5 didn’t instantly reply to requests for remark.