Rihanna has recently spoken out about the arrest of rapper ASAP Rocky in Sweden. She expressed her support for him and called for justice to be served. The Barbadian singer took to her Instagram Stories to share her thoughts on the matter, criticizing the Swedish authorities for their handling of the situation.
ASAP Rocky, whose real name is Rakim Mayers, was detained in Stockholm on July 3 after being involved in a street altercation. The 30-year-old rapper claimed that he and his entourage were acting in self-defense, as they were being harassed and followed by two men, one of whom allegedly assaulted his security guard. Despite video evidence showing the incident, the Swedish authorities decided to detain ASAP Rocky on charges of assault.
In her Instagram Stories, Rihanna expressed her disbelief at the situation, stating that it was an "abusive" and "inhumane" treatment. She argued that ASAP Rocky was being unfairly targeted and that his arrest was racially motivated. Rihanna, who has been a vocal advocate for social justice and racial equality, urged her followers to sign a petition demanding ASAP Rocky's release.
The petition, titled "Justice for Rocky," had already gained over 600,000 signatures by the time Rihanna shared it to her Instagram. It calls for the rapper's immediate release and accuses the Swedish government of violating numerous human rights, including the right to a fair trial. The petition also highlights the unequal treatment that artists of color often face in the entertainment industry and demands an end to racial profiling and discrimination.
Rihanna's show of support is not the first from high-profile celebrities. Kim Kardashian West, Kanye West, and Justin Bieber have also called for ASAP Rocky's release. Kardashian West even spoke to President Donald Trump to raise awareness about the case. Trump subsequently tweeted his intention to intervene and spoke to the Swedish Prime Minister, though it remains to be seen what effect this will have on the legal proceedings.
In the meantime, ASAP Rocky has been held in pre-trial detention, which could last up to two weeks. The situation has sparked a discussion about Sweden's legal system, with critics arguing that the rapper's rights are being violated. Supporters of ASAP Rocky are hoping that the international outcry and pressure from influential figures will lead to a fair resolution and his eventual release.
As the case continues to unfold, Rihanna's public support adds more weight to the growing demand for justice and fairness. The singer, known for her outspokenness on social issues, is using her platform to shed light on what she believes is an injustice and to call for change.