Beyoncé’s performance at the Super Bowl has caused controversy, with people opposed to her politically charged song (and video) ‘Formation’ trying to get #BoycottBeyoncé and #BlueLivesMatter trending as she performed.
They claim that it’s anti-police, as it features references to the #BlackLivesMatter movement, and shows the slogan ‘Stop Shooting Us’ painted on a wall.
The video also features a young black child dancing in front of police dressed in riot gear, and Beyoncé standing on top of a sinking police car, raising her fist in a ‘Black Power’ salute.
This video prompted the boycott of Beyoncé’s half-time performance, as people claimed that the song smeared police:
— Jessica Price (@MrsPrice750) February 7, 2016
— Laurie (@BlueAngel807) February 8, 2016
— Perry Williams (@PerrWill61) February 7, 2016
— justaconservativeguy (@justttsomeguyyy) February 8, 2016
In the show – which said boycotters missed – Beyoncé only fuelled more outrage, as she sang Formation with backing dancers dressed in berets, seemingly as a tribute to Malcolm X’s Black Panther Movement.
— The Dream Defenders (@Dreamdefenders) February 8, 2016
— Jamilah King (@jamilahking) February 8, 2016
New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani was one of many who didn’t approve of the performance, saying:
“She used it as a platform to attack police officers who are the people who protect her and protect us, and keep us alive. And what we should be doing in the African-American community, and all communities, is build up respect for police officers. And focus on the fact that when something does go wrong, okay. We’ll work on that. But the vast majority of police officers risk their lives to keep us safe.”
Not everyone, however, agrees that #BoycottBeyoncé is founded:
When she sang about Single Ladies, you were all hailing her as a queen, but now that she’s singing about being black it’s #BoycottBeyonce?
— no one (@Fenetta) February 9, 2016
#BoycottBeyonce is literally just an excuse for all you crusty white people to be more racist than you are on a normal day. Stay mad, uglies
— Erika (@iamskysailor) February 8, 2016
— Roxxy Haze (@iamroxxyhaze) February 8, 2016
The people who want to #BoycottBeyonce for “Formation” are apart of the problem that she sang about.
— Britt. ✌ (@_WildSoul) February 8, 2016
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