That controversy surrounding Beyonce’s Super Bowl 50 performance isn’t going away. Complainers who found Beyonce’s homage to the Black Panthers problematic are planning on taking their #BoycottBeyonce tweets to the streets.
An Eventbrite just popped up for an Anti-Beyonce Protest Rally taking place in front of NFL headquarters in New York City next week. The anonymous organizer in charge of the rally says the protest is for anyone who found themselves offended by Bey’s “race-baiting,” anti-police set. “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?”
Individuals who answer “Yaaassss!” to any of the questions are urged to attend the rally so they can tell the NFL they “don’t want hate speech and racism at the Super Bowl ever again.” The protest takes place Tuesday, Feb. 16, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., outside the NFL headquarters. The invite does ask for protesters to be peaceful, but fails to take into account the BeyHive swarming and shutting everything down.
An anti anti-Beyonce protest rally has also been scheduled for the same date, time and location as the anti-Beyonce rally. And this one may be a bit more fun because protestors are urged to dress in their best “Formation” video/Super Bowl performance-inspired attire.
When Black women affirm Blackness/Black womanhood, they are attacked and silenced.
This is a counter protest to Anti-Beyonce Protect, a racist, ahistorical attack on the Black Panther Party and Beyonce, plus an excuse to celebrate a very awesome song and #BlackGirlMagic moment.
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!
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.
The Beyonce Super Bowl 50 controversy has even gone international. A Toronto politician wants the Canadian government to investigate Mrs. Carter to see if she’s funding the New Black Panthers. And if she is, stop the entertainer from bringing her “Formation” tour to Toronto May 25.
“Perhaps Immigration Minister John McCallum should have her investigated first?” questioned Toronto city counselor Jim Karygiannis. “If someone wore bullets and supported (a radical group) here, they would not be welcomed in the United States — that’s for sure.”
The politician called Beyonce’s performance “disturbing” because “we should not be promoting gun culture or anti-police sentiments.” Karygianni went on to say that while he wouldn’t ban Beyonce for her performance, he would if an investigation found that Beyonce was supporting the New Black Panthers. “She or some of them could be found not eligible to enter the country as others in the past have faced.”
(Via the Toronto Sun)