Rihanna Calls Rachel Dolezal A ‘Hero’ In Her New ‘Vanity Fair’ Cover Story

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Never one to shy away from shock value, Rihanna continues to be Rihanna in her new cover story for the November issue of Vanity Fair.

Gracing the cover with fire-red hair, the also fiery Bajan pop star dished on how people perceive her and her status as a single woman. And while the powerhouse will likely raise eyebrows with the magazine’s sexy photo spread, one quote in particular will not be what some would expect. Turning the conversation to the controversial story of Rachel Dolezal – the former white NAACP leader who posed as a black woman  – Ri-Ri offered an unpopular opinion.

“I think she was a bit of a hero, because she kind of flipped on society a little bit,” she said. “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.”

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Rihanna also discussed her current relationship (or lack thereof) with Chris Brown. Discussing how the repercussions of their 2009 incident still rears its ugly head today, the singer lamented at “how the victim gets punished over and over,” citing the NFL’s decision not to play “Run This Town” during the Ray Rice controversy. Rihanna also share her mindset when she and Brown rekindled their flame in 2012. Calling herself “the enemy,” she explained how she came to realize that she and Brown were better apart.

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“I was very protective of him. I felt that people didn’t understand him. Even after … But you know, you realize after a while that in that situation you’re the enemy. You want the best for them, but if you remind them of their failures, or if you remind them of bad moments in their life, or even if you say I’m willing to put up with something, they think less of you—because they know you don’t deserve what they’re going to give. And if you put up with it, maybe you are agreeing that you [deserve] this, and that’s when I finally had to say, ‘Uh-oh, I was stupid thinking I was built for this.’ Sometimes you just have to walk away.” she said. “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.”

In the cover story, Rihanna also discusses Eminem, LeBron James, her barely-there CFDA Awards dress and her love for TV. Flip through her the spread above and read the full cover story here.