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Rihanna defends Rachel Dolezal and calls her a hero

In a new interview, RiRi shares her views on the white N.A.A.C.P. executive who pretended to be black

Rihanna doesn’t give a fuck what you think of her views. Let’s put that on the table straight away. Whether it was what you thought about the BBHMM video or whether you like her half-nude IG photos. It’s refreshing that you can always rely on her to be the realest. It’s part of the reason reading an interview with her is such a pleasure.

The new cover interview for Vanity Fair’s November issue is no different. She covers everything from loving food to feeling lonely, her habit of seeing the best in people to being horny. And for a side dish of controversy, she described Rachel Dolezal, the white N.A.A.C.P executive who pretended to be black, a “hero”.

“I think she was a bit of a hero, because she kind of flipped on society a little bit,” she said of Rachel Dolezal. “Is it such a horrible thing that she pretended to be black? Black is a great thing, and I think she legit changed people’s perspective a bit and woke people up.”

It’s definitely not the view point of pretty much everyone else who ever expressed an opinion of Dolezal, but it’s Rihanna’s all the same.

The Barbados-born icon also spoke about her sex and love life. She’s not having casual hook-ups because it’s not her thing. “If I wanted to I would completely do that,” she says. “I am going to do what makes me feel happy, what I feel like doing. But that would be empty for me; that to me is a hollow move. I would wake up the next day feeling like shit.

“I mean I get horny, I’m human, I’m a woman, I want to have sex. But what am I going to do — just find the first random cute dude that I think is going to be a great ride for the night and then tomorrow I wake up feeling empty and hollow? He has a great story and I’m like what am I doing? I can’t do it to myself. I cannot. It has a little bit to do with fame and a lot to do with the woman that I am. And that saves me.” 

She also spoke about notorious ex Chris Brown: “I don’t hate him. I will care about him until the day I die. We’re not friends, but it’s not like we’re enemies. We don’t have much of a relationship now.”

Even as Rihanna interviews go, this one slays.