Rihanna Shames American Airlines Passenger For Watching The Super Bowl Live In Flight

Pop star Rihanna reportedly shamed a passenger who watched the Super Bowl during an American Airlines flight. The flight which View From The Wing states likely flew from Los Angeles to New York took place during the game. As with a number of other airlines, American Airlines passengers are able to watch live TV at 36,000 feet.

Rihanna had reportedly been asked to perform at the event’s half time show, however, this was turned down. This is reportedly due to a political row centring around Colin Kaepernick’s decision to kneel during the national anthem in 2016.

The Rihanna Superbowl boycott incident took place on an American Airlines A321. Photo: Airbus

What Is This All About?

Back in 2016, before an American Football game, player Colin Kaepernick decided to kneel before a game commenced. This action was in protest against “racial injustice and systematic oppression in the country”. After others began to follow his actions, the movement caught the attention of American President Donald Trump who condemned the actions.

Since the president’s involvement the NFL, National Football League, has taken a harsh stand on those who kneel during the national anthem. Since 2017 Mr Kaepernick has remained unsigned by any NFL team. This is where Rihanna becomes involved. She, along with many other artists, decided to boycott the 2019 Super Bowl in disagreement with the NFL’s stance on kneeling. Indeed, it seems Colin Kaepernick approves of Rihanna’s protest.

Should Rihanna Shame Passengers?

The big debate arises from Rihanna’s behaviour during the football game itself. She was onboard an American Airlines flight when she decided to post videos to her Instagram story. It appears as though she was flying on an American Airlines A321. One video showed her face with a blank expression while passengers were debating how to watch the game. The next focused on the passenger himself, labelling him a “weirdo”.

While Rihanna is certainly entitled to her opinions on boycotting the Super Bowl, it isn’t fair for her to criticise others who do wish to watch the game. Branding fellow aircraft passengers “weirdos” for doing so is plain rude. She doesn’t know how they feel about the issues at hand or their reasons for watching the game. Simple Flying has contacted a representative of Rihanna for comment.

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Original Story: View From The Wing.