After conservative media stirred up a storm over Beyonce’s Super Bowl halftime show appearance — in which she expressed support for the Black Lives Matter movement, and her dancers wore outfits inspired by the Black Panthers — a couple of protesters are now planning to stage an Anti-Beyoncé Rally outside of the NFL Headquarters in New York, on February 16. “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?” the group posted on EventBrite. “Come and let’s stand together. Let’s tell the NFL we don’t want hate speech & racism at the Super Bowl ever again!”
The group seems to echo the opinion of former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani, who told Fox News that the performance was an “outrageous” attack on police, and faulted the singer for taking a political position, while she should have provided “decent, wholesome entertainment.” While the pop singer has not yet publicly commented on the controversy, many have come to her defense, a group named “Black Girl Rising” is already planning a counter-protest. “Sisters, dress in your ‘Formation’ video/Super Bowl performance-inspired gear and make this a moment a joyous one! Allies and friends, show up and show your support!” the group wrote on their event page. “We have asked our biggest stars to get political and Bey went there. Don’t let anyone make her powerful statement about the value of Black life be overshadowed by those who don’t believe that our lives matter.”
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