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Rihanna Stands With Colin Kaepernick, Passes on Super Bowl Halftime Show

Rihanna knows all too well that fame comes with its downsides — like that horny stalker who broke into her house.

But it also has its upsides. As one of the most talented singers in the world, Rihanna was invited to do the Superbowl Halftime Show.

Rihanna said no, though — because she supports Colin Kaepernick.

Us Weekly reports that Rihanna turned down an offer to perform at the Superbowl Halftime Show.

“The NFL and CBS really wanted Rihanna to be next year’s performer in Atlanta,” the insider reveals.

Rihanna, the actress, singer, and beauty mogul, said no.

Her reason, the source says, is because she “supports Colin Kaepernick.”

Kaepernick is currently at odds with the NFL over their policy against kneeling during the Anthem, and over their icing him out of his football career.

To be clear, the report says that Rihanna was approached to do this — she didn’t just announce that she wouldn’t do it.

“They offered it to her,” the insider says.

“But,” the source explains. “She said no because of the kneeling controversy.”

For a time, it looked like the NFL would take the moral high ground for once and defend its players and support their freedom of expression.

Instead, the NFL caved to the demands of some of its viewers out of fear of lower ratings.

The insider says of Rihanna: “She doesn’t agree with the NFL’s stance.”

Colin Kaepernick is the face of the countless NFL players who knelt in protest during the Anthem.

The kneeling is a silent, peaceful protest of racial injustice and particularly of the killing of unarmed black people by police, most of whom seem to escape justice.

This controversial protest earned him a spot as GQ‘s 2017 Man of the Year.

It has also earned him infamy as the target of vitriolic racists.

Though he is now the face of Nike, Kaepernick’s football career took a nosedive as teams refused to hire him.

In 2017, he filed a grievance against the NFL, accusing the organization of colluding in order to prevent him from being hired despite his athletic record.

That Rihanna is taking a stand on this is huge, actually.

The NFL Halftime show is the biggest and most talked about musical performance of any given year.

(In fact, those of us who don’t watch sports at all still generally tune in to the Halftime Show, either because we like the performer or out of fear of missing out)

Rihanna may not need the money or the visibility, but turning down the Halftime Show just to take a stand is … a huge power move.

It’s also just plain ballsy.

No offense to Pete Davidson, but nobody radiates “big dick energy” like Rihanna.

The NFL has a controversial history — so much so that it has been characterized by some as a criminal enterprise.

There have been alleged cover-ups of domestic abuse committed by players.

There have been alleged cover-ups of vital medical information that shows the irreversible brain damage that playing football does to the human brain.

There’s the massively unjust the way that professional cheerleaders are treated.

There’s the way that the NFL relies upon taxpayers to foot the bill for what should be private costs.

And now, the organization has caved to hate and ignorance instead of standing up for the players.

There are very few talents in this world who can follow an act like Rihanna. You don’t even need all of the fingers on one hand to count them.

According to Us Weekly, the Halftime Show may go to Cardi B.

“She is definitely being considered,” an insider claims. “But it’s obviously way too early to say for sure.”

Says the source: “Pepsi, the NFL, and Cardi are all interested in her performing more than just her ‘Girls Like You’ verse.”

That sounds like someone’s throwing a little shade.

But now that Rihanna has backed out, we wonder if other stars are going to feel pressured to back out in solidarity if they get the offer.

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Prince Fans Destroy Justin Timberlake for Halftime “Tribute”

Justin Timberlake performed a medley of his most beloved hits at halftime of Super Bowl 52.

Did you catch the dance-filled act?

Relive it HERE if not.

The 13-plus minute performance featured Timberlake belting out such hits as "Can't Stop This Feeling" and "Gone," but the focus a day later is on the minute or two during which he sat at a piano and played a cover of Prince's "I Would Die 4 U."

What a nice tribute to the late musician, who made his home in the Super Bowl host city of Minnesota, right?

WRONG, many Prince fans are now saying. So very, very, very, VERY wrong.

Scroll down and all around to find out why: 

1. May He Rest in Peace

May he rest in peace
Prince, of course, died in April of 2016. He was famous for his Minneosta mansion and he performed at halftime of the Super Bowl in 2007, leaving many to assume Timberlake would cover a song of his this year.

2. NO HOLOGRAM, JT!

No hologram jt
A song would have been great, but this is where the controversy started, with talk that Timberlake would sing alongside a Prince hologram during his act. Many years ago, Prince said the following about the use of such a device: “That’s the most demonic thing imaginable. Everything is as it is, and it should be. If I was meant to jam with Duke Ellington, we would have lived in the same age. That whole virtual reality thing… it really is demonic. And I am not a demon.”

3. Easy, Folks

Easy folks
Long-time Prince friend Shiela E. said prior to the show that rumors of Timberlake using a hologram were false. She assured everyone this would NOT take place.

4. Okay, Phew

Okay phew
Social media users felt a lot better after reading the message.

5. And She Was Sort of Right

And she was sort of right
Check out the above photo. It’s not a hologram. It’s just a projection of Prince of a giant screen. But try parsing that difference to loyal Prince supporters, who were far from happy about Timberlake’s stunt.

6. Did This Count as a Hologram?

Did this count as a hologram
Yes, it might as well have in the eyes of critics who took to Twitter and blasted Timberlake.

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Justin Timberlake Halftime Performance: Grade It!

Justin Timberlake rocked our bodies, cried us a river and made sure the feelings didn't stop at halftime of Super Bowl 52.

The beloved pop star was the featured act at the mid-point of the game between the Patriots and Eagles on Sunday night, as he was introduced by good friend Jimmy Fallon and started his act underneath the field.

"Haters gonna say it's fake," he then said many times, starting his performance with a brief rendition of "Filthy."

From there, Timberlake danced his way on to the field, rocking a red handkerchief around his neck that became the talk of Twitter.

He sang "Rock Your Body." He broke into "SexyBack." He sampled "Gone." He played all the hits, basically.

Then, at one point, he sat at a piano and covered Prince, who tragically passed away last year from a drug overdose and who made his home in Minnesota.

(The Super Bowl was played in Minnesota, it's worth noting.)

"Minneapolis, this one's for you," he said, prior to a few images of Prince being projected on a giant screen.

Impressively, lights across Minnesota then lit up in Prince's trademark color of purple. It was pretty cool.

The performance culminated in a rendition of "Rock Your Body," which found Timberlake jumping into the crowd and telling a young fan to snap a selfie of him and the superstar.

Overall, there was a whole lot of dancing, which is what Timberlake does as well as anyone, of course.

The sound was off nearly throughout the entire act, but it's possible this was even done on purpose… lest millions of viewers hear Timberlake wheezing for 20 minutes after essentially running a 5K or so.

There was no Janet Jackson, as had been rumored.

Much to the chagrin of NSync fans everywhere, Timberlake’s halftime show did not include a reunion with his former bandmates, either.

We didn't see Chris Kirkpatrick, Joey Fatone, Lance Bass or JC Chasez.

How did JT stack up against Beyonce, Bruno Mars, Lady Gaga and past halftime acts?

Give him a grade below:

And then watch highlights from the performance here:

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