Report: Rihanna turned down Super Bowl LIII halftime over Kaepernick

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In some years, the revelation of the musical act for halftime of the Super Bowl is less relevant that the revelation of the ones who turned it down.

This year, the news that Maroon Five will handle the assignment barely made a ripple; we didn’t even write about it when the reports surfaced. But here’s something worth passing along: According to US Weekly, Rihanna declined an opportunity to perform before the biggest TV crowd of the year.

She passed reportedly because she supports Colin Kaepernick.

“The NFL and CBS really wanted Rihanna to be next year’s performer in Atlanta,” an unnamed source tells US Weekly. “They offered it to her, but she said no because of the kneeling controversy. She doesn’t agree with the NFL’s stance.”

And that’s the biggest news the anthem controversy has made in weeks. The president has left it alone, and those who had huffed and puffed about abandoning the NFL are no longer huffing and puffing (and, apparently, not abandoning, either).

It will be interesting to see whether the Commander-in-Chief has anything to say about this latest development. He’s been stunningly silent about the situation lately, even though he repeatedly had pushed the issue over the past year.

62 responses to “Report: Rihanna turned down Super Bowl LIII halftime over Kaepernick

  1. It’s not a paid gig, so by turning it down, she’s refusing to work for free. Then she puts a disingenuous spin on it by bringing Kap’s name up. Just say what it is, you’d rather not work for free, regardless of the size of the audience.

  2. These people never seem to amaze me… she must be oppressed also.. here is an idea…do the show and take the millions you would make and donate it to the oppressed others that need it!!! Of course you wouldn’t do that because just like all the others it’s all talk and no action!!!

  3. She’s lying. If she were telling the truth she wouldn’t have waited until October to get sympathetic media coverage over it.

  4. Good for her
    time the racists in America took a good look into the mirror
    and make hard decisions
    America is a multi-cultural society and they need to get used to it
    Blacks, Latino’s, Chinese, Arab’s are not going anywhere
    they are what makes America great

  5. I’m a football fan. I stretch my legs, use the bathroom and get something to eat during halftime. It really doesn’t matter to me. But if it makes her feel better…good for her.

  6. Can’t wait to hear all of the blowhards…”I’m never listening to Rihanna ever again.” (They never did in the first place).

    Same people who never wore Nike. And the same people who claim they’re never watching the nfl again, but continue to do so. These people are more annoying than the kneelers themselves.

  7. simplec72 says:
    October 18, 2018 at 6:33 pm
    What if police declined to work at any of her shows
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    No they got big enough to do their own gigs years ago. Sting even got a solo career going now.

  8. doug ablitt says:

    Good for her
    time the racists in America took a good look into the mirror
    ==========================================

    And you wonder why the democrat party is at it’s lowest level of power in history and not looking good for these elections, either. Your immature and ignorant identity politics have been rejected.

  9. Everyone wins. Krappernick still has no job and that witch isn’t going to ruin our half time show.

  10. “She’s lying. If she were telling the the truth she wouldn’t have waited until October to get sympathetic media coverage over it.
    _______

    Simply asinine, and goes against your usual mantra. You FOX News people claim that the “MSM” will give liberals favorable coverage at anytime. Thus, according to your usual theory, Rihanna would have received sympathetic media coverage at anytime

  11. Define win-win:

    Kaepernick is still unemployed and Rihanna won’t be singing during the SB halftime show.

  12. Give me 12 minutes of Jerry Seinfeld:

    “Whats the deal with concussions?”

    Or

    Rush.

    Maybe Bryan Adams. Canadian bands are better. The Grey Cup halftime last year blew away anything the NFL has done since Prince. Shania Twain came out to the field by dog sled in a BLIZZARD. It was pretty much the best halftime show EVER.

  13. Kapernick doesn’t have a job because he doesn’t want to work for it. Nobody would start him in The NFL and expect to get a W.
    There’s no collusion case. It’s that Kap wants to be “handed” a starting gig with a high salary. Not happening buddy! Sorry!

  14. …and those who had huffed and puffed about abandoning the NFL are no longer huffing and puffing (and, apparently, not abandoning, either).

    Ratings to seem to be slowly on the rise. But seems like more than a coincidence that back when every pre-game show was focused on who’s kneeling and who isn’t and which teams are locking arms and which aren’t, that ratings were in steep decline. And now that they’re not focused on that as much, ratings are starting to come back up.

  15. It’s time for the fans to show the nfl (Not For Long) who the real boss is and stop going and stop watching games. Then I bet things would change and respect our troups

  16. >Report: Rihanna turned down Super Bowl LIII halftime over Kaepernick

    Oh man, thank goodness. I thought I was actually going to have to watch her.

  17. If Rihanna supports Kaepernick then she’s definitely in the minority as the majority of the U.S. finds his disrespectful taking a knee as an outrageous insult to the nation and our Vets who fought and died for his right to display his ignorance and disrespect to the country that pays him millions and provides him with a life of luxury that no other country would dream of bestowing on him.

    Kaepernick and friends are so illiterate they don’t even understand why educated, respectful citizens stand for the national anthem. These ingrates should spend two years in military service to our country on the front lines of a combat zone as our solders do daily. They would receive a reality check like no other.

  18. the first super bowl halftime performance not from a marching band was from a boy band – the new kids on the block in sb xxv. the halftime show has always aimed for crowd pleasing not fan pleasing.

    besides the game itself has an equally spotty track record in case you’re forgetting.

  19. The simple fact that conservative fans have no idea who Rhianna is and think Maroon 5 is a WW2 codename for an enemy attack just states the obvious, their mindset is 1960 and they are afraid if the world they are living in. The unfortunate part is these are the people who revolve around the next election and how they can sew a two dollar American flag into a pair of short-shorts. What a time to be alive!

  20. Honestly, I couldn’t care less about who is playing at halftime. I don’t care if it’s Jay Z, The Who, The Stones, Beyoncé, Michael Jackson or the local high school marching band.
    I usually watch the opening commercial, if it’s good I may watch the 2nd one. Then I go to the bathroom, get another drink and talk to family and friends in the kitchen and eat something. Check my squares, point out that if both teams get a safety, I have a shot at winning. Then come back for the 2nd half.

  21. I’m a minority and Kap is pulling off the greatest con job ever. Half of the people supporting him have never watched him play. He’s only protesting because he lost his start job to Blaine Gabbert of all people. Kap stands for nothing because he’s a hypocrite, dude didn’t even vote in 2016, and he’s regruitating the views of those in his ear. I hope those that are standing by his side truly know what they are agreeing with. Something tells me that they don’t.

  22. classiefreddieblassie says:
    October 18, 2018 at 8:45 pm
    The simple fact that conservative fans have no idea who Rhianna is and think Maroon 5 is a WW2 codename for an enemy attack just states the obvious, their mindset is 1960 and they are afraid if the world they are living in. The unfortunate part is these are the people who revolve around the next election and how they can sew a two dollar American flag into a pair of short-shorts. What a time to be alive!
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    We aren’t sick of winning yet.

  23. Looks like the NFL may end up with Hank Williams Jr. for the Super Bowl halftime show. Trump will be very happy.

  24. Rihanna does nothing for me. If she desires to support an illiterate, disrespectful and ignorant Kaepernick that’s her choice. We should just note her as clueless and an insult to America and our solders that put their lives on the line daily to protect the rights of foolish, clueless, insignificant people who want public attention because they are essentially nobodies.

  25. Such a tragedy that Rihanna will not perform at thenSB….said no one in the history of anything ever.

    Bad enough we’re suffering with a band that consists of Adam Levine and….a bunch of other guys

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