Rihanna calls Rachel Dolezal ‘a bit of a hero’

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Rihanna came to the defense of former Washington NAACP leader Rachel Dolezal, who resigned in the summer after it was revealed she had lied about her race. WGN-TV file photos.

Rihanna came to the defense of former Washington NAACP leader Rachel Dolezal, who resigned in the summer after it was revealed she had lied about her race. (WGN-TV file photos.)

NEW YORK — Pop star Rihanna has seemed to rekindled the controversy surrounding Rachel Dolezal.

In a recent interview with Vanity Fair, the singer threw her support behind the former Washington NAACP leader who faced criticism over the summer regarding her racial identity.

“I think she was a bit of a hero, because she kind of flipped on society a little bit.” Rihanna said in the interview, referring to Dolezal.

Added Rihanna, “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.”

Dolezal resigned from her position in June after it was revealed she had presented herself as mixed race, despite being born to white parents.

Dolezal remained unapologetic then, maintaining she still identified as black. When asked by NBC’s “Today” if she did anything to alter the complexion of her face, she denied using blackface, but did say, “I certainly don’t stay out of the sun.”

Her parents revealed that she had not only lied about her race, but also about other stories of her upbringing, such as claims she had been raised in a teepee.

Rihanna’s full interview will appear in Vanity Fair’s November issue. In it she also discussed her former relationship with Chris Brown, who was arrested for assaulting her. She also discussed her bad-girl reputation.