While most people watching Beyoncé during Super Bowl 50’s halftime show simply dropped their jaws at her phenomenal performance, there was one person wasn’t too impressed by Queen B: former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani. On Fox News on Monday, he took issue with the singer’s salute to the Black Lives Matter movement, describing it as an attack on police officers: “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,” he told Fox anchor Anna Kooiman, who suggested the pop star was hypocritical for coming to the show with a police escort. Giuliani added: “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, okay. We’ll work on that. But the vast majority of police officers risk their lives to keep us safe.”
On social media, several other conservatives took swipes at the pop star for having her backup dancers wear costumes inspired by the 60’s and 70’s Black Panther movement and (supposedly) referencing civil rights icon Malcolm X, by forming an X during the performance. Of course, many others lauded the singer for putting forth a strong image of black (female) empowerment and showing support for the Black Lives Matter movement during the nation’s biggest TV-moment.
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