Clearly not a fan. Beyoncé’s politically charged performance at the Super Bowl Halftime Show on Sunday, February 7, sparked plenty of online chatter, and on Tuesday, February 16, some of the singer’s bigger critics will band together in an anti-Beyonce rally in New York City.
According to an Eventbrite page created by an unnamed organizer, the rally will serve as a protest against Beyoncé’s unapologetic salute to the Black Panther Party during her energetic appearance.
“Join us as we demonstrate on the block of the NFL Headquarters building,” the page reads. “Are you offended as an American that Beyonce pulled her race-baiting stunt at the Superbowl? Do you agree that it was a slap in the face to law enforcement? Do you agree that the Black Panthers was/is a hate group which should not be glorified? Come and let’s stand together. Let’s tell the NFL we don’t want hate speech & racism at the Superbowl ever again!”
The description for the rally also features the hashtags “#BoycottBeyonce,” “#BlueLivesMatter” and “#AllLivesMatter.”
On Sunday, Beyoncé marched onto the field at Levi’s Stadium dressed in a gold crossbody harness in tribute to Michael Jackson’s 1993 Halftime Show performance, flanked by a number of backup dancers in black leather and berets, a reference to the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Black Panthers, who were a militant organization that actively fought against police brutality. (Her much-talked about performance also came one day after the surprise debut of the music video for “Formation,” which paid homage to black cultural heritage in the South.)
beyoncé got us surfboarding in 2014. and now she got us taking bae to red lobster.
— judgmental gay ? (@jdgmntlgay) February 10, 2016
I’m feeling that Formation by @Beyonce You even pissed Rudy G. off so you know it’s solid. ?% Sistuh. Hot sauce in my glove box RT now!
— Sir Mix-A-Lot (@therealmix) February 10, 2016
It’s so inspiring that a song can change the world. #Formation #BlackLivesMatter #Beyonce
— Margaret Cho (@margaretcho) February 9, 2016
This is the year I will see BEYONCE and ADELE live and historians will be able to point to 2016 as the year my life was never the same.
— Ashly Perez ? (@itsashlyperez) February 9, 2016
Beyoncé: *breathes into the mic*
— can u not (@sassytbh) February 9, 2016
While fans of Queen Bey erupted in support on Twitter, other voices were not so complimentary.
Former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani slammed the “Drunk in Love” singer’s political call as “outrageous” during an interview with Fox News on Monday, February 8.
“I think this is outrageous, the halftime show I thought was ridiculous anyway — a bunch of people bouncing around and doing strange things,” he said as the hosts laughed along. “It was terrible. … This is football, not Hollywood, and I thought it was really outrageous that she used it as a platform to attack police officers who are the people who protect her and protect us, and keep us alive.”
Giuliani added that what the “African American community, and every community,” should do instead is to build up respect for police officers.
“You’re talking to middle America when you have the Super Bowl, so if you’re going to have entertainment, let’s have decent, wholesome entertainment and not use it as a platform to attack people who put their lives at risk to save [others],” he said.
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