Beyonce's performance on MTV's Video Music Awards on Aug. 28 was widely criticized by Fox News hosts and guests on Aug. 29 (video below).
"Fox & Friends" co-host Ainsley Earhardt introduced Beyonce's performance to former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani by trying to link it to a supposed "war on cops," notes Salon.com:
I want to talk to you about the war on cops. I want to get your opinion on this. Last night at the VMA awards Beyonce, she walks the red carpet with the mothers of black men that were killed by police, and then this performance that you see here. Her dancers were circling around her, and one by one, they fell to the ground, and there were red lights underneath them. And that was supposed to symbolize cops killing black individuals.
Giuliani recalled how members of his family were police officers and touted how he ran the NYPD when he was mayor from 1994 to 2001: "I saved more black lives than any of those people you saw on stage by reducing crime and, particularly, homicide by 75 percent."
Some police officers used creative reporting in the 1990s that included re-classifying unsolved homicides as suicides or deaths by accident, which in turn dropped the homicide rate, noted journalist Christian Parenti in his 2000 book "Lockdown America."
Giuliani then slammed politicians in Baltimore, Maryland, and boasted about how safe certain black areas in New York City are today due to his policies from 15 years ago.
"Fox & Friends" co-host Brian Kilmeade opined: "And Beyonce is an extremely powerful and popular performer, and when she does stuff like that, that message to the next generation is pretty indelible."
"It’s a shame!" Giuliani added. "It’s a shame!"
Kilmeade later brought up Beyonce's performance to former Republican presidential candidate and pizza mogul Herman Cain: "Beyonce played for about 45 minutes. She did her entire album, I think. But one of things that stuck out with us is the fact that she did a mock dance scene where African-American dancers were getting shot and the light turned red as if cops assassinate black people at a dizzying rate," reports Media Matters.
Cain said that Beyonce and her dancers were "utilizing the liberal media to send the wrong perception about what this is about." Cain also tried to tie the performance to the Democratic National Convention.