Beyonce fans and #BlackLivesMatter are NOT going to like what Rudy Giuliani and these Sheriffs just said about her Super Bowl halftime performance.
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani slammed Beyonce for using her halftime performance at Sunday’s Super Bowl to ‘attack police officers.’
The singer appeared on the field with dancers dressed as members of armed rights group the Black Panthers who at one point formed an ‘X’ on the field – thought to reference black rights campaigner Malcolm X – and then raised their arms in the air in a gesture referencing the black power salute by Tommie Smith and John Carlos at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics.
Then, following the show, several of the dancers were pictured giving the same salute around a piece of paper that reads ‘justice 4 Mario Woods’ – a black man shot dead by police in San Francisco last December.
‘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,’ Giuliani said during an appearance on FOX & Friends Monday morning.
‘And what we should be doing, in the African-American community and in 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.’ (Daily Mail)
Here was the reaction of the Sheriff’s group:
Members of the National Sheriffs’ Association meeting in Washington turned their backs on Beyonce during a Super Bowl halftime party, angered the NFL allowed her to sing a song they consider anti-police.
The Association told Secrets that when Beyonce performed a snippet of her hit “Formation,” the sheriffs holding their annual legislative meeting at the J.W. Marriott turned off the volume and video.
Read more: Washington Examiner