Stephen A. Smith has never been one to hold back his thoughts, most recently comparing Rihanna’s upcoming Super Bowl halftime performance to another superstar.

“I don’t want to say I’m not excited, she’s fantastic, but that’s not where I’m going with this,” he said on Sherri Wednesday, discussing Riri’s appearance on stage. “Ladies and gentlemen, she’s a lot of things, she’s spectacular actually — and congratulations on the new mama hood — but she ain’t Beyoncé.”

The studio then erupted in a variety of reactions, including some loud boos from the audience.

“The only reason I mentioned Beyoncé is because she recently performed at the Super Bowl, with and without Bruno Mars and Coldplay,” he continued.

Beyonce has performed at the Super Bowl halftime show twice, once with the aforementioned acts sharing the stage and once solo, though she did bring her Destiny’s Child bandmates Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams with her for that gig.

“Beyoncé performed, but she’s had her time,” host Sherri Shepherd said, prompting applause. “Now there’s Rihanna, Rihanna’s back, she’s got that extra umph of motherhood, I like Rihanna,” says one.

Smith continued, “They ain’t Sherri. That’s not casting aspersions on them.”

Members of The Navy, including Bronx rapper Maliibu Miitch, took to The Shade Room’s comment section to criticize the sports analyst for his comparison.

“No he did not fix them nasty creased , crusty , top lip being just as big as the bottom lip to shade our beloved Rihanna !!! Women just be minding their happy ass business and here comes a man who’s not even taller then us commenting on us!!,” she wrote, with another fan adding, “and his point was??? ??‍♀️… both of these women are on the same level of excellency‼️.”
Rihanna is set to perform for the NFL’s 57th Super Bowl, scheduled for February 12. Since announcing the gig, the island-born beauty has released a teaser for the half-time show and an NFL-inspired collection via Savage X Fenty.

Rihanna is scheduled to perform at the NFL’s 57th Super Bowl on February 12. Since announcing the gig, the island-born beauty has teased the half-time show and released an NFL-inspired collection through Savage X Fenty.


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