Why Rihanna Fans Love Her ‘Count Every Vote We’ll Wait’ Election Message

As an entertainer and entrepreneur, Rihanna calls the shots when it comes to all of her projects. Her fans (nicknamed the Navy) have had to wait a long time for one in particular. This is why some couldn’t help but love how she chimed in regarding the vote-counting process of the 2020 presidential election.

Rihanna has been politically active in the past

Rihanna, singer and founder of Clara Lionel Foundation, arrives to meet French President Emmanuel Macron (not pictured) on July 26, 2017
Rihanna, singer and founder of Clara Lionel Foundation, arrives to meet French President Emmanuel Macron (not pictured) on July 26, 2017 | Nicolas Kovarik/IP3/Getty Images

Like many other celebrities, Rihanna has taken issue with much of the president’s actions throughout the Trump administration. She was at the 2017 Women’s March the day after his inauguration in 2017 and has spoken out about his policies on immigration and his response to shootings.

Rihanna shared voter registration resources in the months leading up to the 2020 election. “VOTE,” she wrote on Twitter during the George Floyd protests. “Ya ain’t got sh*t else to do man! Get yo a** off the couch and go vote!!! I don’t wanna hear another excuse!! Stop believing that your vote and voice don’t matter!”

She shared a message about the election results

The winner of an election isn’t always declared on election night. And in 2020, this became even more of a reality due to the number of mail-in ballots received as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. While Trump pushed to declare a victory, other officials continued counting into late Wednesday.

Rihanna got on board with this. “Count Every Vote We’ll Wait,” she tweeted, with handclap emojis in between each word to emphasize them. On Instagram, she updated her grid, giving each word (and the period at the end) its own post. The posts quickly gained traction on both social media platforms.

Rihanna’s fans pointed out the parallels of the statement

The responses and quote retweets poured in. “Our president has spoken,” wrote one Twitter user. “We so patient !” responded actor Tessa Thompson, also on Twitter. Still others made jokes relating to her music. “B*tch better have my ballot,” replied another verified Twitter user.

A few others on the social media platform noted that patience is a virtue that the Navy is used to exercising. “And she knows a lot about making us wait,” tweeted one. “Invented making us wait,” replied another. Indeed, the jokes about Rihanna’s long-awaited ninth album were numerous.

How long has the Navy been waiting for an album?

Rihanna and fans enjoy the TIDAL X: RIHANNA BBHMM event on July 1, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.
Rihanna and fans enjoy the TIDAL X: RIHANNA BBHMM event on July 1, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. | Jason Kempin/Getty Images for TIDAL

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Since the beginning of her career, this is the longest Rihanna’s ever made her fans wait for a new album. After her 2005 debut Music of the Sun, Rihanna dropped two more albums in subsequent years, including her breakout hit Good Girl Gone Bad. After just one year off, she dropped four more in a row, beginning with 2009’s Rated R.

Rihanna’s most recent album was 2016’s Anti, released a little over after 2012’s Unapologetic. Over the last few years, she’s spent most of her time on Fenty, launching Fenty Beauty, Fenty Skin, and her lingerie brand Savage X Fenty. But the album is reportedly ready to go but is being withheld in conjunction with a 2021 documentary.