Beyoncé’s Black History Celebration: Not Appropriate?


Guess Rudy Giuliani’s not a member of the Beyhive.

The city’s former mayor slammed Beyoncé Monday for her “black power” salute during her provocative Super Bowl 50 halftime show with an African-American history theme…

“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,” Giuliani 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, OK, we’ll work on that. But the vast majority of police officers risk their lives to keep us safe,” he said.

Giuliani aside, many fans were impressed by Queen Bey’s performance of her new, politically charged single “Formation” — saying she “won” the Super Bowl during her guest appearance for headliner Coldplay.

“I am loving everything about this. Black is the new, old, present AND future black,” tweeted Awesomely Luvvie, adding a Black History Month hashtag.

During the halftime show, a bandolier-wrapped Beyoncé raised her fist to give the black power symbol in front of a crew of dancers. It’s the same gesture, fist high and proud, that Olympic athletes raised in the 1968 Games, setting off a firestorm of controversy.


Bey’s dancers were wearing leather and black berets, a symbol of the Black Panthers, the militant political movement that was formed 50 years ago this October.

The performance riled up the crowd at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., just 42 miles south of Oakland, where Huey Newton, Bobby Seale and others started the Panthers. On the football field, Bey and crew spelled out X, a reference to Malcolm X.

In a photo taken backstage after the performance, Beyoncé’s mom, Tina Knowles, posed with the dancers — fists raised.


Another backstage photo shows a dancer holding a sign that reads: “Justice 4 Mario Woods,” a reference to a black man who was killed by San Francisco police on Dec. 2.


Beyoncé’s video for “Formation” — which was released on Saturday — heightened expectations that she would make a political statement at the halftime show.

The single has been called “a black power anthem for the masses,” and the video opens with Bey sitting on top of a police car in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina as the flood waters rise.

The haunting video for “Formation” ends with Beyoncé going underwater as the police car sinks.

On Friday, her husband, Jay Z, pledged $1.5 million to the Black Lives Matter movement. Beyonce told entertainment reporter Kevin Frazier that her Super Bowl show was meant to make [Black] people feel good about themselves…

Meanwhile The Daily Show‘s Jessica Williams came to slay when addressing the controversy surrounding Queen B’s Super Bowl halftime show performance. The “Senior Beyoncé Correspondent” was seething on Monday after multiple Fox News personalities opined that the Grammy winner shouldn’t have used her performance to address issues of race and police brutality, positioning that Middle America wasn’t interested in such topics.

“You know what’s right in the middle of America? Ferguson, Missouri,” Williams remarked. “I am so sorry this wasn’t wholesome enough for you. I didn’t realize singing about race was equivalent to Janet Jackson getting her t—ty pulled out at the Super Bowl.”

(Source Cowan: Black Media Scoop)

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