Since the Super Bowl, America not just white America is having a hissy fit. We are bombed in today’s world with too many messages, some of them hit home and most of them belong to someone else. We are used to Beyonce being pretty and having a dance song for the world to dance to. Her new music video, “Formation,” is freaking people out. If you thought she was too sexy for television during her last Super Bowl performance one can only imagine what the populace is thinking now.
Timing is everything. Set in New Orleans the city of controversy, there’s a scene of a black child in a hoodie dancing in front of a line of riot-geared police. A man holding up a newspaper and “The Truth is emblazoned across it alongside Martin Luther King’s image. “I just might be a black Bill Gates in the making, Beyonce sings in the video. After the video release, Beyonce took it to the Super Bowl. America got mad, America got scared. Queen B sent a powerful message in their 60’s afro and berets and the formation of an “X” on the field. Black Power matters. Malcom X and the 50th Anniversary of the founding of the Black Panther Party for Self Defense, which happened in the San Francisco Bay area with the Super Bowl 50. Just when some people thought Beyonce was white-ish.
“I came to slay Bitch.” The video is hot. It rocks hard. There’s no denying Beyonce slays, but there is no ignoring the message either. The police are racist and target black America and all whites are racist. Did the NFL agree with thrusting the message in the faces of American families via billions of television sets? Has any celebrity used the platform of a Super Bowl performance to get any massage across other than to entertain at half time? This is football not Hollywood. The game itself is played by men, not all, who abuse the system and their women in the name of the money they make playing the game. You think the “pro-police politico complained?
Some performers get into the music business because they want to sing beautifully for the world. Other performers get into the business because they have a message for the world. The Super Bowl is the biggest televised event of course everyone has an opinion.
Beyonce was sharing the stage with two other music artists whose performances were practically outshined. The middle finger is just a generational norm now if you want to appear thuggish. The older generation is taking it personally and so are the police who protect us you or old. SO many things in the media are taken out of context and use to suit personal agendas. White America ca could shoot the same video to some extent and blame police for picking on the white race. Slavery is not an issue as far as being beat down by a race of people. The Netflix movie series, “Making of a Murderer,” makes that point clearly for as hard as the law community is fighting to be to differ. The point that racial profiling is not only a black thing but a poor white thing too.
Beyonce’s video is one person’s opinion. One persons’ opinion like any other in which some people agree with. If Beyonce hijacked the show it’s because she was the only female sunflower (hard, hard, soft), next to two male sunflowers (hard, soft, soft). She commands attention on stage and her costume was a highly structured style compared to the relaxed style Cold Play and Bruno Mars wore.
White rage is a phenomenon unfortunately for those who wish to co-exist in co-creation. It is not all white people who are racist just like it is not all black people who have an extreme hate for whites. Cold Play’s highly praised Super Bowl performance seemed to make that point and the whole stadium was involved to prove it. Beyonce even performed in Cold Play’s “Hymn for the Weekend,” video to India’s dismay. Why didn’t an Indian woman represent India and it’s culture in the video? India rage, black rage, white rage, everybody’s got a rage rage. Don’t forget why the white fold left the British isle.
Victims, they play it and complain about it well. If you are looking for reasons you are being victimized you will find many reasons for it. There are instances when it was an experience, the feeling and experience of being in a situation that made people individually and as a community vulnerable and helpless. The idea is to empower everyone in with their own power in present-day relationships. As adults we have more power. There will be people who abuse that power. There will be instances where things happen and it gets blown up in media to excite the people. It is how they sell newspapers and magazines and get people to watch the news or media site. Advertising wants to be, pays the most where the most people are. Sure some things demand our attention, but not everything is worthy of our time.
People will always be drawn to what is unjust to find ways to correct it. What is unjust to one is not unjust to another depending on the way you were brought up in the world and what your situation is as an adult. People are different. People perceive life differently. There are some people who will get to the end of their life and still never get it, whatever ‘it’ may be. These are the things, the awareness that takes many lifetimes to get it, to understand you are not supposed to behave this way or that way for the good of the people and animals. Not everyone is so aware or enlightened. Wouldn’t it be nice if the message of ‘no war’ and peace fell over everyone gracefully and everyone took that massage to heart and practiced it?
Beyonce also sang about illuminati. Some people felt like the” hot sauce” line was putting the black community down. These are all opinions. We all want ours to matter and some want to be heard and to matter the most. We think we are justified in our thoughts and feelings when we have others who think like us. Maybe it is not all about us. Beyonce is a married woman and a mother now. Her perceptions will swing differently as she tries to explain the world and its ways to her daughter. It’s hard to explain the difference between ‘us and them’ to your children while explaining to them there is no difference. The difference lies in ego and what the masses think who are not aware. There is no difference in that we are all one in spirit and soul and we all wish the same things differently for ourselves and our families.
Bruno Mars was drowned out by and quickly forgotten because of, and his performance on the stage alone was better previously with the gold rollers in his hair. Just another opinion. The Half Time Show only has so much time, and they are trying to entertain you while the football game recharges their batteries and adjusts their game plan. We are all in this together. Trying to make our lives better, trying to make sense of what happens when we die and trying to sift through all of the messages that come in to us and sort out what belongs to us.