Currently the world's richest female musician, Rihanna has centered her focus on fashion in recent years, making history by becoming the first black woman to head a fashion house for the French powerhouse LVMH Photo: AFP/File
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Rihanna blasts Trump in new Vogue interview

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By Angela Weiss

Rihanna speared President Donald Trump as perhaps "the most mentally ill human being in America" over his position on gun rights in a candid Vogue interview published Wednesday that also touched on immigration and racism.

Asked about the back-to-back shootings earlier this year in the U.S. cities of El Paso and Dayton, the superstar performer who recently cemented her place in the upper echelons of the fashion industry with her own luxury line called the gun violence plaguing American society "devastating."

After the August shootings Rihanna had decried Trump's classification of the violence as the result of a "mental illness problem."

"People are being murdered by war weapons that they legally purchase. This is just not normal. That should never, ever be normal," Rihanna told the fashion magazine that featured her on its cover for the sixth time.

"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," the 31-year-old continued.

"The most mentally ill human being in America right now seems to be the president."

Earlier this year Rihanna removed her catalogue from the blanket "political entities license" agreement that had allowed the president to play her songs during his rallies.

The native of Barbados has used her massive social media platform -- she boasts 75.9 million followers on Instagram alone -- to urge US citizens to vote, including in last year's midterm election.

Rihanna also confirmed reports that she had turned down the National Football League's offer to play the coveted Super Bowl halftime show in solidarity with former player Colin Kaepernick.

Kaepernick, who has not played in the NFL since opting out of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers in March 2017, began kneeling in protest of social injustice and racial inequality during pre-game renditions of the US national anthem three years ago.

"I couldn't dare do that. For what? Who gains from that? Not my people. I just couldn't be a sellout. I couldn't be an enabler," she said of the opportunity.

Turning to the subject of immigration, Rihanna said the controversies surrounding the issue in recent years have made her "sick to my stomach."

Currently the world's richest female musician, Rihanna has centered her focus on fashion in recent years, making history by becoming the first black woman to head a fashion house for the French powerhouse LVMH, which owns legacy brands including Fendi and Givenchy.

She has also made waves with her inclusive lingerie and make-up lines that offer a wide range of sizes, styles and skin colors.

Rihanna's fierce fan base has been clamoring for her ninth album, "R9," however, which she said will be "reggae-infused" and hinted is nearly finished.

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"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,"

Sure he would. Even more so in that case being as how the Arab man would most likely also be Muslim..

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I think his erratic behavior and hair-trigger temper are more evidence of mental illness than what she sites. Racism and greed typically do not fall make one a candidate for the "loony bin," although maybe that should change.

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The title should be "Celebrity gets asked about Trump, drops buzzwords to aid Re-Tweetability".

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 "the most mentally ill human being in America" 

AND SHE IS SOOOOOOOOOOOOO RIGHT !!!!....

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She is a singer from the Bahamas?

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Why is a celebrity's opinion axiomatically considered newsworthy? Everyone with any sense knows this.

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 "the most mentally ill human being in America" 

AND SHE IS SOOOOOOOOOOOOO RIGHT !!!!....

Nah, she is soooooooooooooooooo wrong.

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Fully agreed.

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such a relief to have an entertainer to offer us some insightful opinions on real world politics

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Another Hollywood loser who gives an opinion on someone No one cares about to hear. I guess they need to in some way keep their irrelevant lives in the public eye.

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Rihanna has more fans that Trump with voters so that is a substantial number so ignore these people at your own peril.

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bass4funkToday 04:02 pm JST

Another Hollywood loser who gives an opinion on someone No one cares about to hear. I guess they need to in some way keep their irrelevant lives in the public eye.

Now that is funny. Whatchyou eating bass4funk?

A loser ???? The world's wealthiest musician at $600+million.

A loser??? The most # 1 hits in history.

A loser??? 75+million followers on instagram alone.

I guess that makes her irrelevant - ha, ha

Her opinions do count whether you like them or not.

Millions listen.

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Rihanna speared President Donald Trump as perhaps "the most mentally ill human being in America" 

Sounds like one of those situations where “point a finger at someone and two point back at you.”

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Who gives a toss what she thinks

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Rihanna has more fans that Trump with voters so that is a substantial number so ignore these people at your own peril.

And even more than Trump's followers, hers are a bunch of brainless sheep. She could drive a gas-guzzling SUV over a nest of endangered owls while eating roasted dog meat and her followers would praise her for being edgy.

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"The most mentally ill human being in America right now seems to be the president."

She is so ill-informed.

Nancy Pelosi, Joe Biden and the majority of the Dem presidential candidates are obviously way more out of it mentally than Trump.

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Rihanna has more fans that Trump with voters so that is a substantial number so ignore these people at your own peril.

So what, but she’s not the President. She can’t even vote in the US, so what she says is irrelevant like that idiot John Legend and his other half.

Now that is funny. Whatchyou eating bass4funk?

A loser ???? The world's wealthiest musician at $600+million.

A loser??? The most # 1 hits in history.

A loser??? 75+million followers on instagram alone.

Hey, she can say whatever she wants, I’m just saying No one cares, there are more people in the country that could give a crap what she says. So it really makes her irrelevant, if you like her, good.

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Millions listen.

Millions also dismiss her lame comments.

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Guns are but tools used by mentally defective deranged mind set using in their mind the best tool available. Deny the gun and some other tool, perhaps even a worse tool, will be chosen. Solve the aberrant mind problem.

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Hey, she can say whatever she wants, I’m just saying No one cares, there are more people in the country that could give a crap what she says. So it really makes her irrelevant, if you like her, good.

You don't speak for anyone except yourself. She is massive influencer in many ways. She could become an American citizen without any problems.

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You don't speak for anyone except yourself.

So does she.

She is massive influencer in many ways.

As does the President, she doesn’t run the US and we thankfully don’t vote for her or care about her corny opinion.

She could become an American citizen without any problems.

She should run for office, but until then, she’s a joke.

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Thanks for the reply bass4.

I never said anything about liking or not liking her.

I was just referring to your comment calling her a loser.

And I gave examples of her incredible success, so just wondered where the "loser" tag fitted in???

And re no one cares??? Eh!!! Refer to the above post.

Anyone can make comment about anothers comments based on a persons (Rihanna) views, but slagging off in an attempt to belittle believing it then disqualifies the message is classic strawman stuff of schoolboys/girls.

Saying you strongly disagree with the article and her thoughts and giving legit reasons will garner more respect.

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All these people supporting "freedom of speech"?

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bass4funk

So does she.

I don't see anywhere were she claims to be speaking for anyone but herself. But she is a major influencer in her world with millions of fans.

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Anyone can make comment about anothers comments based on a persons (Rihanna) views, but slagging off in an attempt to belittle believing it then disqualifies the message is classic strawman stuff of schoolboys/girls.

If you think so, ok. I think differently.

Saying you strongly disagree with the article and her thoughts and giving legit reasons will garner more respect.

That as well.

But she is a major influencer in her world with millions of fans.

Good for her and her fans.

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Good for her. Trump is a coward and hypocrite, and now allowing Turkey the opportunity to massacre the Kurds who fought alongside American forces in the Middle East.

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People that are nothing more than entertainment are just that.

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her clothing line must be losing money, it's the only time the so called beautiful people are in the news is when they have something to sell. like her comments and relate and buy some clothes.

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Breaking news... A celebrity doesn't like Trump.

That never happens.

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Such envy and jealousy of her talents success and wealth from the whiny Trump supporters.

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She is a singer from the Bahamas?

Not sure what that has to do with anything. We all have opinions on Trump as his actions or inactions have impact on the rest of the planet.

There is little doubt that the man is mentally unfit to hold the office of President. The slurred speech, the complusive lying, the gaslighting, contradictions and possible reliance on drugs.

Those of us who have witnessed the tragic onslaught of dementia will recognise disturbing patterns in his behaviour.

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Such envy and jealousy

Nope, not jealous at all. Just don’t like her and her music, not so hard to understand, but she might be a nice person.

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Nope, not jealous at all. Just don’t like her and her music, not so hard to understand, but she might be a nice person.

Are there any musicians, singers, actors etc. you like who don’t like Trump? Judging them partisan political views is childish.

I remember you said The Rolling Stones weren’t a ‘real band’ after Jagger had a go at trump.

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Are there any musicians, singers, actors etc. you like who don’t like Trump?

The musicians I like are smart, they do what they’re supposed to do, music. They don’t get into politics.

I remember you said The Rolling Stones weren’t a ‘real band’ after Jagger had a go at trump.

Yup, that’s right and felt like that way before that as well.

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Are there any musicians, singers, actors etc. you like who don’t like Trump? 

The musicians I like are smart, they do what they’re supposed to do, music. They don’t get into politics.

You praised Ted Nugent in the past.

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Yes. As a Hunter, not as a musician.

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Yes. As a Hunter, not as a musician.

No, I remember it well. You praised him for supporting Trump while on stage before the election.

I can go back and dig it out if you want.

It flies directly in the face of your new principle that you think musicians should keep their politics to themselves. It also stinks of hypocrisy and partisanship.

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Trump is a coward and hypocrite,  and now allowing Turkey the opportunity to massacre the Kurds 

I guarantee you the families of the troops leaving Syria disagree.

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No, I remember it well. You praised him for supporting Trump while on stage before the election. 

Yeah, but I appreciate him more for his stance on guns and hunting.

I can go back and dig it out if you want. 

Sure.

It flies directly in the face of your new principle that you think musicians should keep their politics to themselves. It also stinks of hypocrisy and partisanship.

Well, no. If the man likes the President good for him, but when he backs hunting and our second amendment, I’m all in.

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No, I remember it well. You praised him for supporting Trump while on stage before the election. 

Yeah, but I appreciate him more for his stance on guns and hunting.

So you don’t criticise entertainers if they support Trump but attack those who oppose Trump and say they should stay out of politics.

Partisanship and hypocrisy. Smh.

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Rihanna blasts Trump in new Vogue interview

Meanwhile, a protester at a Trump rally walking by a person with a MAGA hat on being interviewed, spit in his face live on camera and kept walking. The emotional cesspool of the left is bubbling over. I hope they catch this person and charge them with assault. The behavior does not surprise me at all reading some of the posters on here. Sick and disgusting, no different from Rihanna.

Invalid CSRF

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So you don’t criticise entertainers if they support Trump but attack those who oppose Trump and say they should stay out of politics. 

Partisanship and hypocrisy. Smh.

Not at all.

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Vogue is owned by Condé Nast who are located in the new One World Trade Center in NY.

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Vogue is owned by Condé Nast who are located in the new One World Trade Center in NY.

Good for them.

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Good for them.

Well yes. My NY bros worked in the World Trade Center but on 9/11 hadn't arrived that day. More recently he worked for Condé Nast in the new One World Center which Condé Nast  rented many floors. Bros office has the best views across NY.

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