Beyonce and her powerhouse backup dancers have generated a bit of a controversy by referencing police brutally and the 60’s radical group, the Black Panthers. Beyonce was performing at the halftime show at the Super Bowl.Her support for the Black Lives Matter movement were featured in her performance, earning her praise for speaking out against institutional racism as well as complaints that she denigrated law enforcement.
In particular, the performance, as well as the release of a new video Formation the day before, have offended pro-police elements in the U.S., who are now calling for a Beyonce boycott.
Beyonce’s performance featured her and her dancers wearing outfits that paid tribute to the Black Panthers, the radical socialist organization in the U.S. that challenged police brutality against African Americans between the 1960s and 70s. Beyonce’s dancers raised their arms with fists clenched alluding to the black power salute.
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, meanwhile, denounced her Super Bowl performance as “outrageous,” claiming she used her platform to “attack” police officers.
Meanwhile Toronto councillor Jim Karygiannis suggested that Beyonce be banned from entering Canada, claiming the pop star promotes gun culture and anti-police sentiments.