A Tennessee sheriff is pointing his finger at Beyonce and pinning partial blame on the super star for his house getting shot at this week. It seems that Sheriff Robert Arnold believes Beyonce’s Super Bowl performance helped spawn this retaliation act against police, which was a drive-by shooting at his home.
News Max reports Arnold as saying “We all know, as soon as you put your uniform on, you’re a target.” The Rutherford County Sheriff also said, “You make people mad when you’re just doing your job.”
Apparently one of the first things he pondered after his house was riddled with bullets was if the bandoleer-sporting Beyonce and her Black Panthers tribute somehow acted as fuel for this act. Her homage to the militant Black Panthers during the Super Bowl’s half-time show brought on plenty of controversy, but saying that it was possibly to blame for a cop’s house getting hit with bullets is a bit of a stretch.
Arnold believes, along with many others, that Beyonce contributed to the country’s anti-police sentiment with that performance. There was much scuttle-but after the Super Bowl about how Beyonce requested a police escort to the stadium and was happily obliged, but then gets up on stage and lambastes the cops with her performance.
NBC News reports that Beyonce’s music video for “Formation” that references Black Lives Matter and Hurricane Katrina is a subject creating a heated debate. Her Super Bowl performance is still making headlines today with some folks even calling for a boycott against Beyonce’s music
Arnold is not alone when to calling the singer out for her new song, “Formation,” as well as accompanying music video and halftime performance. News Max reports “Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani was offended by what he saw as Beyonce’s glorification of the Black Panthers, Malcolm X, and Black Lives Matter movement, the latter of which has chanted “pigs in a blanket, fry ’em like bacon,” at a Minnesota rally.”
Arnold said during a news conference: “With everything that’s happened since the Super Bowl, and with law enforcement as a whole. I think we’ve lost five to seven officers, five deputies, sheriffs since the Super Bowl,” Arnold told reporters. “Here’s another target on law enforcement.”
When pressed by reporters to clarify what he meant by referencing the Super Bowl, he said, “Well you have Beyoncé’s video and how that’s kind of bled over into other things it seems like about law enforcement.”
He later sent an email into The Tennessean Newspaper saying that his comments,”reflect the violence and senseless killing of seven deputies in the U.S. since the show aired. My comments are an observation of the violence that has occurred but in no way is meant to offend anyone.”