- Fashion mogul Rihanna calls Trump “The most mentally ill human being in America”
- In an interview with Vogue, she deep dives about her vested interest in politics, and how she’s “an immigrant trying to get America together”
- She also shares her sentiments about Colin Kaepernick, a message to her fellow immigrants, and what gives her hope now
Rihanna certainly didn’t mince her words when she called US President Donald Trump as “the most mentally ill human being in America.”
In an interview with Vogue published on Wednesday, Oct 9, the Barbadian fashion mogul talked candidly about her award-winning brand that changed the game and took the whole world by storm, her growing status as an icon, and her thoughts on the America’s political climate.
Asked about the back-to-back shootings in El Paso and Dayton, she called the growing trend in violence in American society “devastating.”
“People are being murdered by war weapons that they legally purchase. This is just not normal. That should never, ever be normal.”
“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,” she continued.
“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.”
“The most mentally ill human being in America right now seems to be the president.”
This isn’t the first time that she had shared her disdain for the 45th President of the United States. When Trump branded the Ell Paso shooting as a result of a “mental illness problem,” she was quick to call it out saying that the president had “spelled terrorism wrong.”
Rihanna has always been open and vocal about her opinions on politics, and it’s no secret that it’s one of her greatest concerns. She also admits that she turned down performing at the Super Bowl halftime show in a gracious show of support to Colin Kaepernick and his sentiments.
“I couldn’t dare do that,” she says. “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, and I was not about to go and be of service to them in any way.”
via Ethan James Green/Vogue, November 2019
Kaepaernick began kneeling in protest of social injustice and racial inequality during pre-game renditions of the U.S. national anthem 3 years ago. He has not played in the NFL since opting out of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers in March 2017.
Earlier this year, the 31-year-old hitmaker also removed her catalogue from the blanket “political entitles license” agreement that had allowed the president to play her songs during his rallies.
She considers herself as an “immigrant trying to get [America] together.” Asked about what she has anything to say about her fellow immigrants loving through the rough political climate, she says thinking about it “makes her sick to her stomach.”
“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 native of Barbados has used her massive social media platform – she boasts 75.9 million followers on Instagram alone – to urge U.S. citizens to vote, including in last year’s midterm election.
What, if anything, makes Rihanna feel hopeful? “I feel like the darkness has actually forced people to find this light within them where they want to do better,” she says.
“It’s easy when you think everything is going really well and perfect. When everything is flowers and butterflies and you’re in your own bubble and your own world. But to see it, to know it’s happening—it pushes you to want to be the light in the world.” -Vogue/Rappler