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Rihanna Turned Down The Super Bowl Halftime Show Gig In Support Of Former NFL Star And Activist Colin Kaepernick

Instead, Maroon 5 will be crooning through the halftime show this coming February.

While it is already well-established that Rihanna is less of a performer and more of a guardian angel sent from the heavens to bless us commoners with her presence, this latest story only adds to her illustrious aura.

US Weekly reports that Rihanna was the first choice to perform during the 2019 Super Bowl half-time show, only for the Umbrella singer to decline in solidarity with former San Francisco 49er’s quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

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

Exclusive footage of RiRi’s reaction to the NFL’s nonsense

In 2016, Colin Kaepernick famously began taking a knee during the US national anthem in protest against police brutality and in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.

Since then, Kaepernick has not been able to land a contract with another NFL team. Colin filed a grievance suit last November, accusing the NFL and its teams of colluding to keep him out of the league.

It should be noted that this is not the first time a performer has told the NFL to take their request elsewhere: rapper Jay-Z was approached to perform at this year’s Super Bowl, only to also give the organisation the cold shoulder in support of Kaepernick.

He referenced these events in the song “APESHIT”:

I said no to the Super Bowl: you need me, I don’t need you
Every night we in the end zone, tell the NFL we in stadiums too

Although it is considered the highest of honours with more history behind it than some small countries, the Super Bowl halftime show is notoriously an unpaid gig; The idea is that the NFL would essentially be giving you free commercial airtime during the biggest sporting event of the year.

This would, in theory, translate into album sales or ticket sales for upcoming tours. So for anyone to turn it down is a big deal and a huge reversal of the power dynamic at play.

Also, we know Rihanna is all about getting that cash.

Instead, you can expect Maroon 5 to croon their way through the Super Bowl halftime show this coming February.

Which is fine, I guess. But it’s not Rihanna.

Ja Rule And Ashanti Planning Joint Album Because They Think They’re Bey And Jay Or Something

Ja wants to release a joint album, and Ashanti says the duo were the inspiration for the leads in the iconic musical Hamilton. OK???

Not satisfied with letting Beyonce and Jay-Z take the crown as the King and Queen of music/everything, Ja Rule and Ashanti have announced that they too will be releasing a joint album in the near-future.

Ja Rule was so impressed by The Carters’ EVERYTHING IS LOVE that he immediately tweeted Ashanti with plans to make their own collaborative album.

Speaking with ET at the BET Awards, the other half of the biggest duo from the early 2000s then confirmed the news, saying “we’re going to carve out the time and make it happen.”

But dropping that they want to be the next Carters wasn’t the only thing Ashanti told ET.

Back in November, she said that the lead characters of hit musical Hamilton – Alexander and Eliza Hamilton – were based on her and Ja Rule.

“[Creator] Lin-[Manuel Miranda] actually had his people reach out to us, and told us backstage after we saw the play that he was inspired by Ja and I — Hamilton and Eliza were inspired by us,” she told ET.

“So when me and Ja went to see the play and went backstage, I was just like, ‘Oh my gosh, that’s crazy!’ So [Miranda] was really emotional just seeing both of us,” she continued. “It’s like his vision came to life.”

Despite the fact that the pair did record a version of the song “Helpless” from the musical, I’m thinking we should take this with a grain of salt.

Mostly because, and follow me on this one, the characters of Alexander and Eliza Hamilton… were based on actual people?

Mind blowing, I know.

While we’re here, let’s not forget that Ja Rule also recently helped scam Fyre Festival patrons out of millions of dollars, and that the Fyre Fest name is now shorthand for “Event that’s so bad it leaves everyone either angry or laughing”.

Look, “Always On Time” and “Mesmerize” were bangers. But maybe stay in your lane, guys.

Not even close.

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