The billionaire artist and mogul receives flack over deciding to perform at the 2023 Superbowl Halftime Show by critics.
Rihanna made some noise on the internet when she made the huge announcement of being the main attraction for the 2023 Super Bowl Halftime Show. Of course, the fans who have been wanting to hear new music from her were excited at the news. Rihanna has been busy in the last few years building her empire into a billionaire dollar business and having a baby with A$AP Rocky.
The Barbadian pop princess announced the news to 136 million followers on Instagram with a photo of her hand holding a football, while showing off her signature wrist tattoos. The photo has already spawned several different memes as both Rih fans and football fans unite in preparation for the big day.
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However, not everyone was excited about the Fenty Beauty creator taking the stage during Super Bowl LVII. 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, the “Rude Boy” singer turned down the opportunity to perform during the Pepsi Halftime Show in support of Kaepernick. 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.”
Several fans also pointed out that Jay-Z’s involvement with the league could have 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.”
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You literally said you wouldn’t do it 2 years ago…….. did injustice change in 2 years? Hypocrite
— Fire Telesco (@FireTelesco) September 25, 2022
Rihanna is hypocrite. She was liking shady tweets about jayz nfl https://t.co/ZeREbigysV
— Queenoffacts2 (@Queenoffacts21) September 25, 2022
And this statement of Rihanna was made in 2019. It wasn't thatlong ago…. and Jayz was already working with the NFL when she shaded the fuck out of a lot people with her statement…. it's fine to like Rihanna and still say she look like a hypocrite…
— 👑 Mr. Weeks 👑 (@WonderKing82) September 27, 2022