Rihanna went viral yesterday, after announcing that she’ll be taking the stage at during the 2023 Super Bowl Halftime Show.
While some of her fans were excited that Riri is making her way back to the stage after taking years away from music to start a billion dollar business and have a child with beau A$AP Rocky, others were critical of her choice.
The 34-year old beauty announced the news via Instagram with a photo of her hand holding a football, while showing off her signature wrist tattoos.
Many critics accused Rihanna of being a hypocrite since she initially sided with Colin Kaepernick in his protest against the National Football League.
In 2019 – during the height of the Black Lives Matter movement – the “Rude Boy” singer turned down the opportunity to perform during the Pepsi Halftime Show in support of former NFL great Colin Kaepernick, who has been banned for life by the league.
That same year, she told Vogue, “I just couldn’t be a sellout. I couldn’t be an enabler. There’s things within that organization that I don’t agree with at all, and I was not about to go an be of any service to them [the NFL] in any way.”
But it wasJay-Z’s involvement with the league, that likely swayed Rihanna’s decision this time around. The Roc Nation founder recently spoke about the BadGal’s legacy in a statement, saying, “Rihanna is a generational talent, a woman of humble beginnings who has surpassed expectations at every turn. A person born on the small island of Barbados who became one of the most prominent artists ever. Self-made in business and entertainment.”