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Rihanna Sported A Pentagram During Super Bowl Halftime Show? No, Harness Buckle Misidentified As ‘Satanic’ Symbol

Authors

Vasudha noticed the growing problem of mis/disinformation online after studying New Media at ACJ in Chennai and became interested in separating facts from fiction. She is interested in learning how global issues affect individuals on a micro level. Before joining Newschecker’s English team, she was working with Latestly.

Claim

Singer Rihanna sported a Pentagram- a five-pointed star associated with Satanic worshipping during the 2023 Super Bowl Halftime Show.

Screengrab from tweet by @rob4684

Archived version of the tweet can be seen here.

Fact

A closer look at the viral image revealed that the black “symbol” seen on her attire actually appears to have six spikes, while a Pentagram is a five-pointed star.

Further, a Google reverse image search on the viral photograph led us to a report by Vanity Fair dated February 12, 2023 titled ‘Rihanna Stuns Without Gimmicks During the 2023 Super Bowl Halftime Show.’

The report displayed a picture of Rihanna in the same attire as seen in the viral image.

We then skimmed through various photographs of Rihanna during her performance at the 2023 Super Bowl Halftime show. One such report by TV Insider, dated February 12, 2023, carried a clearer image of the singer’s attire. On inspecting the same,we found that the alleged “Pentagram” on her dress was actually the buckle of a harness.

Screengrab from TV Insider website

Another report by Vibe, dated February 13, 2023, featured a photograph clearly showing a harness wrapped around her waist.

Screengrab from Vibe website

Notably, Rihanna used a harness while she was performing on a platform placed above the ground, and took it off once the singer reached the stage on ground.

Rihanna Sported A Pentagram ?
Screengrab from YouTube video by NFL

We could thus conclude that a quick release buckle on a harness tied around Rihanna’s waist while performing during the 2023 Super Bowl Halftime show has been falsely identified as a Pentagram.

Result: False

Sources

Report By TV Insider, Dated February 12, 2023
Report By Vibe, Dated February 13, 2023
YouTube Video By NFL, Dated February 13, 2023
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Authors

Vasudha noticed the growing problem of mis/disinformation online after studying New Media at ACJ in Chennai and became interested in separating facts from fiction. She is interested in learning how global issues affect individuals on a micro level. Before joining Newschecker’s English team, she was working with Latestly.

Vasudha Beri
Vasudha Beri
Vasudha noticed the growing problem of mis/disinformation online after studying New Media at ACJ in Chennai and became interested in separating facts from fiction. She is interested in learning how global issues affect individuals on a micro level. Before joining Newschecker’s English team, she was working with Latestly.

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