Not everyone is in yaaaassssss-mode for Beyonce’s new power anthem, “Formation,” the pro-black single that has cooked more than Fetty Wap’s down ass Trap Queen. Apparently, the politically-charged video is ruffling some feathers. Specifically, those in the #BlueLivesMatter crowd.
Law enforcement and their supporters say Beyonce’s video is very much anti-police because it features references to the #BlackLivesMatter movement. The “Stop Shooting Us” graffiti tag and a little black boy dancing in front of police in riot gear are some of the more powerful images in the controversial video. There’s also a scene in which Beyonce stands atop of a sinking New Orleans cop car while raising her fist in a clear “Black Power” salute.
The video spurned the hashtag #BoycottBeyonce ahead of Queen Bey’s big Super Bowl 50 performance, with hundreds of social-media users slamming the video for what they deemed “anti-police” images.
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Beyonce is also being boycotted by sheriffs across the country. According to the Washington Examiner:
The Association told Secrets that when Beyonce performed a snippet of her hit “Formation,” the sheriffs holding their annual legislative meeting at the J.W. Marriott turned off the volume and video.
The group’s president, Laramie County, Wyoming, Sheriff Danny Glick, was happy that his fave team, the Denver Broncos and Peyton “The Sheriff” Manning won, but the group called on the NFL to choose less controversial half-time entertainment in the future.
Glad they missed that “Black Power” salute on the field. One person who didn’t miss any bit of it was former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani. Giuliani, always outspoken and often wrong at the same time said: “I think it was outrageous,” Giuliani said on Fox News Monday. “The halftime show I thought was ridiculous anyway. I don’t know what the heck it was. A bunch of people bouncing around and all strange things. 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,” he said. “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.”
Yea. I’m guessing there won’t be an apology anywhere in the “Formation” World Tour. What are your thoughts?