New York police want Beyonce to publicly apologize for her “anti-police rhetoric. They also want Beyonce to explain what message she’s trying to send with her controversial Black Panther-inspired Super Bowl halftime show and her new Formation video. Police unions nationwide are riled up and are calling for a boycott of Beyonce’s 39-city Formation World Tour. But according to NewChannel9.com on Feb. 20, NYPD is the first police union to request a public apology and explanation.
Ed Mullins, president of New York’s Sergeants Benevolent Association, says he would like to personally meet with Beyonce prior to her upcoming concert at Citi Field in Queens, New York in June. According to CBS News on Feb. 21, the general consensus of the Sergeants Benevolent Association is that a celebrity figure such as Beyonce “should take greater responsibility in her divisive actions that further complicate relationships between communities of color and the members of law enforcement.”
In a news report on Feb. 22, AceShowBiz.com reported that the New York Police Department does not believe that Beyonce actually advocated for violence against the police, but feel that she needs to clarify that that was not her intent because that was the impression her halftime performance and Formation video gave. They want her to publicly disavow violence or any other type of aggression against police.
The backup dancers in Beyonce’s politically charged halftime show wore all black similar in style to the garb worn by the Black Panther party which was founded 50 years ago. They also sported Afros and donned black berets. At one point during the dance routine, they formed an “X” on the field, which was interpreted by many as a tribute to slain Black activist Malcom X.
In the Formation video, once scene features the words “stop shooting us” spray painted on a wall. In another scene, an African-American boy in a hoodie (reminiscent of Trayvon Martin) dances in front of a line of police wearing riot gear.
Mullins would like to see Beyone tone down what he perceives to be her “anti-police rhetoric.” He’s concerned that even though she “is in a major position to do things that are positive, Beyonce is pitting herself against law enforcement. Mullins feels that when celebrities and public officials make statements against law enforcement, it makes officers’ jobs more dangerous.
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani was also angered by Beyonce’s halftime show and found it offensive. Giuliani said that Beyonce “should use her celebrity to encourage people to respect the uniform, not to make it appear as if they are the enemy.”
Thus far Beyonce appears to be unconcerned with the backlash from her highly controversial performance. She has not commented on the controversy, nor has she offered any type of apology, explanation, or clarification for her halftime show or her Formation video.