Beyoncé’s New Video Caused Some To Protest Her Super Bowl 50 Performance
As you’ve probably heard by now, this weekend was a big one for Beyoncé. On Sunday night she descended from the Beyhive to grace us with a few minutes of her perfection during the halftime show at Super Bowl 50, and immediately afterward announced a surprise world tour this summer. If you were still breathing at that point, you might have actually stayed up to witness the Broncos take home the gold.
But it was Beyoncé’s other surprise, the unannounced song and music video “Formation,” that dropped on Saturday, February 6 and left a LOT of people offended.
#BoycottBeyonce and #HalftimeTurnOff were hashtags that appeared during #SB50 on February 7 following the release of the video for Beyoncé’s new single, which focuses on the #BlackLivesMatter movement. The “boycott” swiftly divided opinion on social media as people posted their thoughts on #BlackLivesMatter as well as some claims that the “Formation” video had an anti-police message.
Beyoncé’s halftime show during the #SB50 on February 7 also sported a #BlackLivesMatter influence when her backing dancers were spotted holding up a sign reading #Justice4MarioWoods, a man shot and killed by a San Francisco Police Department officer on December 2.
Keep Reading to watch Beyoncé’s controversial video and see what Beyoncé’s furious protestors have to say!
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Addicting trap beats, unsurprisingly flawless vocals, and amazing dance routines aside, there’s definitely a message behind Beyoncé’s video. The overtones praising black culture and condemning police brutality aren’t exactly subtle – but considering all of the highly publicized incidents of police officers shooting and killing innocent black people in the past few years, can anybody really blame Beyoncé for using her platform to progress the #BlackLivesMatter movement?
Some People Are NOT Happy With Her Message
Let me just stop you right there, Kristen. You have a right to voice your opinion, but once you do, I have a right to disagree with you.
To say that Beyoncé doesn’t have a right to represent the struggle of black Americans because she grew up with “privilege” is completely insane. Just because she didn’t grow up in an economic nightmare, it doesn’t mean she didn’t grow up with the cultural ball-and-chain that was handed down to her because of the color of her skin. If privileged black individuals can’t be a voice for those who are less fortunate than them, who is going to be their platform?