Rihanna, like a lot of celebrities, did her civic duty during the 2018 midterm elections by making sure her 65.8 million followers knew how and when to vote. On November 6th, Rihanna shared a Shaun King post reminding her fans which 15 states let you register to vote and cast your ballot on the same day when a troll swooped in to rain on her parade.
Like most celebrity Instagram posts, the comment section was filled with well…ugh. After posting the voter registration information, someone asked Rihanna, “Are you even a US citizen? Honest curiosity,” to which Rih happily clapped back: “Nah I’m an immigrant tryna get yo country together. Did u vote?”
Rihanna is from Barbados and came to America in 2003. Although she can’t vote, she used her social media presence and influence to educate her fans about voters’ rights, spread information about voter registration deadlines, and throw her support behind candidates like Stacey Abrams from Georgia and Andrew Gillum from Florida.
Because she’s not technically a citizen, Rihanna could be complacent, apathetic, and silent—but instead, she is energized to rally her fellow Americans and lift up the country she calls home.