The Super Bowl 50 halftime show may have blown audience away, but Beyonce’s take on her “Formation” performance received negative feedback from the political point of view. In fact, even New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani felt that her performance was an attack to the police force. The Chicago Code BLUE Facebook group even suggested that the police boycott Beyonce altogether.
As reported by Perez Hilton, Beyonce, along with her ravishing backup dancers, performed at the Super Bowl 50 halftime show last Sunday. Accordingly, Queen B’s squad were wearing uniforms that paid homage to the Black Panthers, as well as the Black Lives Matter movement of New Orleans.
They danced to the latest single of Beyonce, “Formation,” whose music video also echoed a tribute to people killed after Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. In fact, a clip from the video shows a spray painting message that reads, “stop shooting at us.” With respect to the Super Bowl 50 halftime show performance, part of the dancers’ routine included a gesture wherein their fists were held up in the air.
Although this might seem as an awareness campaign for New Orleans, the police felt that the message she was trying to relay pointed to an incident wherein Mario Woods, a young black man, was killed by San Francisco police.
During a Super Bowl party held at the J. W. Marriot, the National Sheriffs’ Association relayed their disappointment towards Beyonce’s performance and stated that it was an anti-police campaign.
In fact, the Chicago Code BLUE Facebook group posted, “Boycott the 2016 Super Bowl Anti-Police Halftime show.”
In other news, US Magazine reports that New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani was offended by her performance. When the mayor appeared as a guest in “Fox & Friends” morning show following the Super Bowl 50 halftime show, he stated, “I thought it was really outrageous that she used it as a platform to attack police officers, the people who protect her and protect us and keep us alive.”
He added, “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, OK, we’ll work on that. But the vast majority of police officers risk their lives to keep us safe.”
The mayor felt that the “Formation” singer relayed a negative message that was inappropriate and insulting to the police force. He then continued with a suggestion for Beyonce and said, “Just figure out who you’re putting on. I mean this is a political position, she’s probably going to take advantage of it. You’re talking to middle America when you have the Super Bowl, so if you can have entertainment, let’s have, you know, decent wholesome entertainment and not use it as a platform to attack the people who, you know, put their lives at risk to save us.”
The Super Bowl 50 halftime show may have been a blast, but in relation to Beyonce’s alleged anti-police message, it did not sit well with America’s police force. Will they boycott the event altogether?