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Rihanna's Reason For Turning Down The Super Bowl Just Makes Us Love Her More

"I couldn't dare do that."

Rihanna has just given us another reason to worship her with her comments about the Super Bowl halftime show and why she turned down the opportunity to perform.

In a recent interview with Vogue, Rihanna confirmed that she declined the performance to show support for quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who made a stand against racial injustice in 2016 by kneeling during the anthem at sports games. 

Eli Harold, Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid of the San Francisco 49ers kneel in protest, 2016. Credit: Michael Zagaris/San Francisco 49ers/Getty Images

“Absolutely,” she said. “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 a sellout. I couldn’t be an enabler. There’s things within that organisation that I do not agree with at all, and I was not about to go and be of service to them in any way.”

Rihanna dropped a number of truth bombs during her Vogue interview. When she was asked about Trump’s response to the mass shooting in El Paso this August, the singer wasn’t afraid to share her feelings. “It is devastating,” she told Vogue. “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 colour of their skin? It’s a slap in  the face. It’s completely racist,” Rihanna said. “Put an Arab man with that same weapon in that same Walmart and there is no way that Trump would sit there and address it publicity as a mental health problem.

“The most mentally ill human being in America right now seems to be the president,” she said.

During the interview, Rihanna also touched on her relationship with boyfriend, Saudi businessman Hassan Jameel. “Yeah I’m dating,” she said. “I’m actually in an exclusive relationship for quite some time, and it’s going really well, so I’m happy.”

Like Kaepernick, it’s clear that Rihanna isn’t afraid to keep it real and stand up for what she believes in – that is something we can all get on board with.

Here's Proof That Nickelback Fans Exist And They Love Donald Trump

They're looking at this photograph.

For years, Nickelback have been touted as ‘the most hated band in history,’ but this year one man brought them back from the brink of extinction: the President of the United States, Donald Trump.

Last week, in an attempt to shift blame and divert attention away from that whole impeachment thing, Trump tweeted what can only be described as a ‘Nickelback meme.’

The tweet, captioned “LOOK AT THIS PHOTOGRAPH!” featured a snippet from Nickelback’s ‘Photograph’ music video, showing the photo replaced with a snap of Joe Biden, Hunter Biden and someone labeled a “Ukraine oil exec.”

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I mean, are we really that surprised? Trump’s manic Twitter behaviour has become part and parcel with his presidency. 

However, Trump’s Nickelback tweet changed more than he bargained for.

According to Billboard, digital download sales of ‘Photograph’ on the day of Trump’s tweet were up a whopping 569% compared to the previous two days. The song also racked up 772,000 on-demand streams that day, which was up 38% from September 30th to October 1st. 

It’s a big win for Nickelback considering their less-than-impressive reputation, however, they weren’t so happy with Trump’s support. According to the Guardian, the band issued a copyright complaint to have the video removed – a brush with crime that Trump is familiar with now.

Earlier this year one of the President’s campaign ads faced a takedown notice from Warner Bros for featuring the soundtrack to the Batman film The Dark Knight Rises.

So what does this tell us? There are a lot of Nickelback fans still out there. There’s a good chance they’re Trump supporters and as the old saying goes, all publicity is good publicity. 

Forget Butts, The Sexy Peach Emoji Is Now An Anti-Trump Symbol

IMPEACHES AND CREAM.

If you’ve been using the peach emoji for sexting, rejoice – because the juicy orange symbol has a new second meaning, and it’s all about Donald Trump.

The iconic peach emoji. Credit: Giphy

It all kicked off last week when a formal impeachment enquiry was launched after Trump asked the Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate Hunter Biden, the son of 2020 presidential candidate, Joe Biden. People also believe Trump pressured Zelensky by withholding military aid to Ukraine.

When the news broke, celebs were quick to show their support for the impeachment enquiry on Twitter, including singer Lizzo who simply tweeted: “IMPEACHMENT” using the peach emoji in replacement of ‘PEACH.’ 

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The clever emoji addition quickly caught on with Twitter users dropping it left, right and centre to make ‘impeachment’ a hot, juicy topic.

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Not only is it a lovely little play on words, but the bright, orange appearance of the emoji bears similarity to the odd tan Trump seems to rock on a daily basis.

PEACHES FOR IMPEACHMENT. Credit: Giphy

The peach emoji became so synonymous with Trump’s impeachment enquiry that TIME magazine used it on the front cover of its March issue. 

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It’s amazing how quick the Internet works, and it begs a few questions: has our beloved peach emoji gone from being a sex symbol to an icon of US politics? Does it signify the start of an entirely new emoji language? Will the eggplant emoji suddenly become more than a phallic fruit? 

Not our beloved eggplant! Credit: Giphy

It seems that until this impeachment enquiry business is over, the peach emoji lives in limbo: somewhere between a political figure and a late night booty call. 

At least there’s one thing we can all agree on, and that’s that Shigetaka Kurita, the guy who created emojis really had no idea what he was getting himself into. 

Emojis are life. Credit: Giphy

Now, go forth and use the peach emoji any which way you please.

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