These Seniors Restaged Rihanna's Super Bowl Show—and RiRi Sent Them a Gratitude Gift
A senior center in Kentucky posted a TikTok video showing residents recreating Rihanna's explosive Super Bowl Halftime Show performance.
The video went viral, amassing over 35 million viewers.
Rihanna and Roc Nation took notice, sending the residents flowers.
You’re never too old to shine bright like a diamond, as the residents of Arcadia Senior Living in Bowling Green, Kentucky recently proved.
Lately, the seniors have been having a lot of fun on TikTok, lip-syncing along with songs like "Flowers" by Miley Cyrus and "Barbie Girl" by Aqua. But it was their recent restaging of Rihanna's epic Super Bowl Halftime Show that brought them viral fame—and the respect of Queen RiRi and Roc Nation.
In the TikTok clip, 11 seniors, decked out in white like Rihanna's backup dancers during the Super Bowl LVII Halftime Show, step aside to make way for red-clad senior center superstar Dora Martin, who busts out a lip-sync of "Rude Boy."
The TikTok went viral, in a way that took the performers by surprise, with Martin telling the Courier Journal the attention came as a shock. "I really wasn't expecting anything like that," she said. The TikTok has garnered 34.5 million views and counting, and has been shared over 125,000 times.
Evidently, at least one of those shares must have been sent to Rihanna and her label, Roc Nation, who were so impressed with the seniors' routine that they gifted flowers to the center, which the staff posted a picture of on their Facebook. "You Ladies Dance Was Amazing," the included card reads.
The video was put together by the directors of community relations and life engagement, Paige Oaks and Maitlin Nuckols, who first set up the account two months ago. While finding ways to keep senior center residents engaged is nothing new, never before has it been so easy for the residents to engage with the broader world, and even keep up with the latest trends.
As Sue Evans, the kiss-blowing dancer seen at the start of the video, said to the Courier Journal, "...it's good to let people know...we can still have fun. We're still alive. We're still moving around."
As for how the residents in the video responded to their newfound viral fame, well, they have a TikTok for that, too.
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