File Under: Didn't See This One Comin' ... but Rihanna just went to bat for faux-black person Rachel Dolezal ... saying her ultra-tan charade was less disgraceful and more HEROIC!
"I think she was a bit of a hero, because she kind of flipped on society a little bit," Rihanna told Vanity Fair.
"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 was mocked relentlessly for pretending to be black -- and resigned from her position as the President of the Spokane Chapter of the NAACP after she was exposed.
But now with Rihanna's support ... is it possible Dolezal can make a legitimate comeback?