Singer, fashion designer, and business mogul Rihanna slammed Donald Trump in November’s Vogue cover story, bringing up double standards about whether a mass shooter is considered to be “mentally ill” or a terrorist depending on their skin color.
Referencing the El Paso shooter, who penned a white supremacist manifesto in which he declared support for the president, Rihanna spoke about the tragedy of mass shootings and Trump’s responsibility in the matter.
Rihanna called out the "completely" racist" behavior of the current administration and says President Donald Trump is the "most mentally ill human being in America right now.” https://t.co/ZVmscMjTVR— HuffPost (@HuffPost) October 9, 2019
“People are being murdered by war weapons that they legally purchase. This is just not normal. That should never, ever be normal,” she said. “And the fact that it’s classified as something different because of the color of their skin? It’s a slap in the face. It’s completely racist.”
“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 publicly as a mental health problem.”
Rihanna is going to impeach Trump all on her own. https://t.co/qd6pz9gM69— Anthony🚢 (@Cruiseship13) October 9, 2019
Indeed, after Omar Mateen killed 49 people in the Pulse nightclub shooting, Trump did not seem concerned about the young man’s mental health, pushing instead for a Muslim ban that he later made into a reality. But when a white, Christian man commits a mass shooting, mental health comes up like clockwork.
Rihanna also expressed a mixture of outrage and despair over the administration’s actions and rhetoric around immigration when asked if she had anything to say to young immigrants today.
“People are being murdered by war weapons that they legally purchase. This is just not normal. That should never, ever be normal,” Rihanna on gun violence in America in the wake of the El Paso and Dayton mass shootings.— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) October 9, 2019
“What do you say? What can you say? It’s gonna get better? I almost feel sick to my stomach. I don’t even believe this is happening in real life. In front of my eyes. In front of the world. It’s not even hidden. This is blatant. The worst part of it all—you know what, I have to show you this.”
She then pulled out her phone a played a video of acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Ken Cuccinelli claiming that the poem on the Statue of Liberty only refers to “people coming from Europe.”
“The fact that his defense was talking about Europeans coming into America?” she said. “I mean, not only were you immigrants, you were the worst kind. You came in and murdered the real Americans.”
See, Rihanna is how you pop star. She makes my face look good, my body look sexy and she won't hoe her people out to racist organizations.— 💋 Kay Renee 💋 (@KayReneeESQ) October 9, 2019
Her impact will last generations. https://t.co/ZmKriwvC4v
She also expressed her support for NFL-player-turned-activist Colin Kaepernick, confirming that she turned down an opportunity to perform during the Superbowl halftime show.
"I couldn’t dare do that," Rihanna said of the NFL halftime show.— Ernest Owens (@MrErnestOwens) October 9, 2019
"For what? Who gains from that? Not my people. 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...”
See, it's that simple, people.
“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.”
Rihanna is currently working on her 10th studio album, remarking that she’s in the “discovery stage” of her musical process.