Protest Planned Over Beyonce's Super Bowl Performance

| by Kathryn Schroeder
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An anti-Beyonce protest rally is being organized in New York City over her Super Bowl performance.

The free event taking place on the block of the NFL headquarters building on Feb. 16 was posted to Eventbrite.

The event post reads:

"Are you offended as an American that Beyonce pulled her race-baiting stunt at the Superbowl?

Do you agree that it was a slap in the face to law enforcement?

Do you agree that the Black Panthers was/is a hate group which should not be glorified?

Come and let's stand together. Let's tell the NFL we don't want hate speech & racism at the Superbowl ever again!




The organizer of the event chose to not reveal his or her name.

Controversy swelled over Beyonce’s performance during halftime at the Feb. 7 Super Bowl because of the outfits her back-up dancers were wearing -- all black ensembles, with black berets and afros -- which were reminiscent of how members of the Black Panther Party dressed in the 1960s, CNN reports.

The song she performed, “Formation,” has also been scrutinized for its video which features references to Hurricane Katrina, police brutality and the Black Lives Matter movement, including graffiti that says, “Stop Shooting Us.”

Beyonce’s own choice of an outfit at the Super Bowl, a bandolier of bullets over a black jacket adorned with more bullets, has not helped matters.

Her performance has been called by some to be anti-police, and the organizer of the protest appears to agree.

"This is football, not Hollywood, and 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," former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani said on Fox News, Billboard notes. "And what we should be doing in the African-American community, and all communities, is build up respect for police officers. And focus on the fact that when something does go wrong, OK. We'll work on that. But the vast majority of police officers risk their lives to keep us safe ... let's have decent, wholesome entertainment."

“Beyonce Formation video & #SB50 act was anti-police, shameful. Repeats big lie of Michael Brown innocence.Cops deserve support not criminals,” Republican Rep. Pete King of New York tweeted.

Black Lives Matter activist Erika Totten is supportive of Beyonce’s message.

"I think [the message] absolutely belongs in the Super Bowl," Totten told CNN’s Carol Costello. "Our goal is to disrupt the status quo and bring the message wherever the message may not be heard."

There is no information on the event page on how many people plan to attend the protest.

Sources: CNN, Rep. Pete King/Twitter, Eventbrite, Billboard / Photo credit: Beyonce/Instagram

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