The Anti-Beyonce rally planned outside NFL headquarters next week comes after Beyonce’s half-time Super Bowl performance during which she worshiped the Black Panthers and Black Lives Matter movements and visually protested police brutality. While Beyonce’s new song “Formation” actually never mentions police, her visual performance during Sunday’s Super Bowl spoke more than words.
Next week’s Anti-Beyonce rally is taking place in front of the NFL headquarters in New York, according to The Guardian report on February 10. And the location chosen for Tuesday, February 16, is quite appropriate as many wonder, did the NFL executives even listen to the lyrics of Beyonce’s song before letting her participate for the half-time Super Bowl show?
“Beyoncé was the star of Sunday’s Super Bowl half-time show, appearing alongside Coldplay and Bruno Mars. She performed her new single, Formation, which referenced the Black Panthers and the Black Lives Matter movement.”
Being a country that glorifies free speech, Beyonce can – of course – sing any words that she wants to and support any movement that she chooses to. However, looking at the lyrics of Formation, one really has to wonder if any NFL members saw those words. Did Super Bowl guests really have to listen to language like this?
Even if any of the Super Bowl fans didn’t quite understand the lyrics of Formation, watching Beyonce and her all-black afro back-up dancers dressed in all-black style skimpy “gear” made her message all too clear. As Detroit CBS local descibes the dance: “At one point in the performance, the dancers raised their fists to the sky and made a formation on the field in the shape of an X that, according to [a police sergeant under investigation for comparing the performance to the KKK], was attributed to black activist Malcolm X.”
Among the many critics of Beyonce’s performance during Sunday’s Super Bowl is former mayor of New York, Rudy Giuliani who saw the singer’s performance as a clear attack on police: “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. And what we should be doing in the African American community, and all communities, is build up respect for police officers.”
On Event Brite, Beyonce’s supporters are asking others to join in an Anti-Anti-Beyoncé Protest Rally on Tuesday. The protest is organized by Black Girl Rising:
“When Black women affirm Blackness/Black womanhood, they are attacked and silenced. This is a counter protest to [click link here for info] a racist, ahistorical attack on the Black Panther Party and Beyonce, plus an excuse to celebrate a very awesome song and #BlackGirlMagic moment. Sisters, dress in your ‘Formation’ video/Super Bowl performance-inspired gear and make this a moment a joyous one! Allies and friends, show up and show your support! We have asked our biggest stars to get political and Bey went there. Don’t let anyone make her powerful statement about the value of Black life be overshadowed by those who don’t believe that our lives matter.”
Apparently, while NFL officials seem to have missed the meaning of Beyonce’s song lyrics and song performance, others have not. Quite interestingly, Tuesday’s Anti-Beyonce rally and Anti-Anti-Beyoncé protest rally have the same goal – all lives matter.