Rihannawas not interested in taking a bow at the 2019 Super Bowl-and Colin Kaepernick reportedly had something to do with it.
The comic actress, 37, said she will make a "sacrifice" by refusing to participate in any Super Bowl advertising over their handling of the anthem kneeling controversy.
Amy Schumer is staging her own kind of National Football League protest.
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The event is being hosted by the kingdom's Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman to promote his reform agenda. President Donald Trump threatened Riyadh with " severe punishment " if Khashoggi has been murdered.
More than two years after Kaepernick became the first NFL player to kneel during the national anthem, he remains a polarizing figure. He hasn't played since the final game of the 2016 regular season.
The Super Bowl halftime show is an undeniable boon for practically any artist on the planet. It's just an investment in their careers - the exposure from doing a halftime show in front of that many people is priceless.
Rihanna's decision to reject the offer over a political issue follows her Instagram message earlier in October urging fans to vote in the November US congressional elections.
Super Bowl LIII will take place in Atlanta on February 3.