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Rihanna says she turned down the Super Bowl halftime show because she didn't want to be 'a sellout' and 'an enabler'

Rihanna recently performed onstage during her fifth annual Diamond Ball, a charity event benefiting The Clara Lionel Foundation. Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Diamond Ball

Rihanna recently discussed her decision to turn down an offer to headline the 2019 Super Bowl halftime show in an interview with Vogue.

I couldn't dare do that. For what? Who gains from that? Not my people, she said.

The 31-year-old mogul confirmed reports that she said no to stand in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick, the former NFL quarterback who kneeled during the National Anthem to protest racism and police brutality.

Read more: Rihanna was on a flight during the Super Bowl, and threw epic shade at passengers trying to watch the game

I just couldn't be a sellout. I couldn't be an enabler, Rihanna told Vogue. There's things within that organization that I do not agree with at all, and I was not about to go and be of service to them in any way.

Maroon 5 went on to headline the show — but not without some obstacles. Tens of thousands of people signed a Change.org petition asking the band to turn down the opportunity to show support for Kaepernick.

Kaepernick risked his career to take a knee for equality, and the NFL punished him for it, the petition read. Until the league changes their policy and support players' constitutional right to protest, no artists should agree to work with the NFL.

Read more: 5 bizarre controversies that threatened to derail Maroon 5's Super Bowl halftime show

Rapper Travis Scott also received backlash for deciding to join Maroon 5 onstage at the Super Bowl. Scott reportedly consulted with Kaepernick before accepting the offer and required the NFL to donate $500,000 to the non-profit social-justice organization Dream Corps.

I back anyone who takes a stand for what they believe in. I know being an artist that it's in my power to inspire. So before confirming the Super Bowl Halftime performance, I made sure to partner with the NFL on this important donation, Scott said in a statement.  I am proud to support Dream Corps and the work they do that will hopefully inspire and promote change.

Jennifer Lopez and Shakira were recently confirmed to perform at the 2020 Super Bowl halftime show. Representatives for the singers didn't immediately respond to Insider's request for comment.

In addition to the Super Bowl controversy, Rihanna discussed a variety of political issues for her Vogue cover story. She called President Donald Trump the most mentally ill human being in America right now and criticized his administration's racist rhetoric about gun violence and immigration.

I don't feel outside the fray, she said, despite her current residence in London. When I see something happen to any woman, a woman of any minority, kids, black men being murdered in the streets — I can't remove myself from that.

Read Rihanna's full interview with Vogue here.

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Rihanna recently discussed her decision to turn down the Super Bowl halftime show in an interview with Vogue. She confirmed reports that she said no to stand in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick. I couldn't dare do that. For what? Who gains from that? Not my people, she said. I just couldn't be a sellout. I couldn't be an enabler. There's things within that organization that I do not agree with at all, and I was not about to go and be of service to them in any way. Jennifer Lopez and Shakira are confirmed to perform at the 2020 Super Bowl halftime show. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Rihanna recently discussed her decision to turn down an offer to headline the 2019 Super Bowl halftime show in an interview with Vogue. I couldn't dare do that. For what? Who gains from that? Not my people, she said. The 31-year-old mogul confirmed reports that she said no to stand in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick, the former NFL quarterback who kneeled during the National Anthem to protest racism and police brutality. Read more: Rihanna was on a flight during the Super Bowl, and threw epic shade at passengers trying to watch the game I just couldn't be a sellout. I couldn't be an enabler, Rihanna told Vogue. There's things within that organization that I do not agree with at all, and I was not about to go and be of service to them in any way. Instagram Embed: //instagram.com/p/B3Zjky5nL3x/embed Width: 540px Maroon 5 went on to headline the show — but not without some obstacles. Tens of thousands of people signed a Change.org petition asking the band to turn down the opportunity to show support for Kaepernick. Kaepernick risked his career to take a knee for equality, and the NFL punished him for it, the petition read. Until the league changes their policy and support players' constitutional right to protest, no artists should agree to work with the NFL. Read more: 5 bizarre controversies that threatened to derail Maroon 5's Super Bowl halftime show Rapper Travis Scott also received backlash for deciding to join Maroon 5 onstage at the Super Bowl. Scott reportedly consulted with Kaepernick before accepting the offer and required the NFL to donate $500,000 to the non-profit social-justice organization Dream Corps. I back anyone who takes a stand for what they believe in. I know being an artist that it's in my power to inspire. So before confirming the Super Bowl Halftime performance, I made sure to partner with the NFL on this important donation, Scott said in a statement.  I am proud to support Dream Corps and the work they do that will hopefully inspire and promote change. Jennifer Lopez and Shakira were recently confirmed to perform at the 2020 Super Bowl halftime show. Representatives for the singers didn't immediately respond to Insider's request for comment. Instagram Embed: //instagram.com/p/B24wP5cJ7Jp/embed Width: 540px   In addition to the Super Bowl controversy, Rihanna discussed a variety of political issues for her Vogue cover story. She called President Donald Trump the most mentally ill human being in America right now and criticized his administration's racist rhetoric about gun violence and immigration. I don't feel outside the fray, she said, despite her current residence in London. When I see something happen to any woman, a woman of any minority, kids, black men being murdered in the streets — I can't remove myself from that. Read Rihanna's full interview with Vogue here.

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Rihanna recently discussed her decision to turn down the Super Bowl halftime show in an interview with Vogue. She confirmed reports that she said no to stand in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick. I couldn't dare do that. For what? Who gains from that? Not my people, she said. I just couldn't be a sellout. I couldn't be an enabler. There's things within that organization that I do not agree with at all, and I was not about to go and be of service to them in any way. Jennifer Lopez and Shakira are confirmed to perform at the 2020 Super Bowl halftime show. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Rihanna recently discussed her decision to turn down an offer to headline the 2019 Super Bowl halftime show in an interview with Vogue. I couldn't dare do that. For what? Who gains from that? Not my people, she said. The 31-year-old mogul confirmed reports that she said no to stand in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick, the former NFL quarterback who kneeled during the National Anthem to protest racism and police brutality. Read more: Rihanna was on a flight during the Super Bowl, and threw epic shade at passengers trying to watch the game I just couldn't be a sellout. I couldn't be an enabler, Rihanna told Vogue. There's things within that organization that I do not agree with at all, and I was not about to go and be of service to them in any way. Instagram Embed: //instagram.com/p/B3Zjky5nL3x/embed Width: 540px Maroon 5 went on to headline the show — but not without some obstacles. Tens of thousands of people signed a Change.org petition asking the band to turn down the opportunity to show support for Kaepernick. Kaepernick risked his career to take a knee for equality, and the NFL punished him for it, the petition read. Until the league changes their policy and support players' constitutional right to protest, no artists should agree to work with the NFL. Read more: 5 bizarre controversies that threatened to derail Maroon 5's Super Bowl halftime show Rapper Travis Scott also received backlash for deciding to join Maroon 5 onstage at the Super Bowl. Scott reportedly consulted with Kaepernick before accepting the offer and required the NFL to donate $500,000 to the non-profit social-justice organization Dream Corps. I back anyone who takes a stand for what they believe in. I know being an artist that it's in my power to inspire. So before confirming the Super Bowl Halftime performance, I made sure to partner with the NFL on this important donation, Scott said in a statement.  I am proud to support Dream Corps and the work they do that will hopefully inspire and promote change. Jennifer Lopez and Shakira were recently confirmed to perform at the 2020 Super Bowl halftime show. Representatives for the singers didn't immediately respond to Insider's request for comment. Instagram Embed: //instagram.com/p/B24wP5cJ7Jp/embed Width: 540px   In addition to the Super Bowl controversy, Rihanna discussed a variety of political issues for her Vogue cover story. She called President Donald Trump the most mentally ill human being in America right now and criticized his administration's racist rhetoric about gun violence and immigration. I don't feel outside the fray, she said, despite her current residence in London. When I see something happen to any woman, a woman of any minority, kids, black men being murdered in the streets — I can't remove myself from that. Read Rihanna's full interview with Vogue here.

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