Op-Ed: Beyonce Backlash

| February 23, 2016
From left, Beyonce, Chris Martin of Coldplay, and Bruno Mars perform during the halftime show at Super Bowl 50 at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group/TNS)

From left, Beyonce, Chris Martin of Coldplay, and Bruno Mars perform during the halftime show at Super Bowl 50 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group/TNS)

“Okay ladies now lets get in formation.”

If you watched the Super Bowl and half time show, then you know the controversy that has swarmed the nation. For those of you that did not watch the half time show, allow me to fill you in. The show featured performances from the headliner – Coldplay – and musical guests Bruno Mars and the “Queen B”, Beyonce. The show began with songs from Coldplay then transformed into “Uptown Funk” ft Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson, followed by a spectacular entrance by Beyonce on the field where she performed her newly released song “Formation.” The show was great, but Beyonce got a lot of backlash from the show.

A lot of viewers found it distasteful and racist that she had all African-American backup dancers and that they were all dressed in ‘Black Panther’ attire. For those of you that don’t know the ‘Black Panthers” also known as the “Black Panther Party of Self-Defense” was a revolutionary black nationalist and socialist organization in 1966. There core practice was its armed citizens’ patrols to monitor the behavior of police officers and challenge police brutality in Oakland, C.A.. Viewers even went as far as to say the Beyonce’s music video of the song was ‘anti-police.’ Plus, to add insult to injury, some of the viewers even plan to boycott the NFL headquarters in New York.

Now as a Beyonce fan, I found all of these allegations and issue utterly ridiculous and stupid. I have gone to her concerts and half of her dancers are Caucasian men and woman, so your accusation that she is ‘racist’ is wrong. As for her music video, there is nothing ‘anti-police’ about it. The music video itself brings awareness to the issues that are going on in the black community. For example it features things about Michael Brown and “Hands up don’t shoot” protest. it features things about Hurricane Katrina and more importantly it promotes African-American success. There was no slandering of the police, nor did she ever show anything regarding the police in the music video.

I think the real issue people have with the song and the video is one, she combats every allegation of her being apart of the illuminati, which in my opinion is stupid, with her opening line “Y’all haters corny with that illuminati mess.” she defends her daughter, who people have decided to attack because she has a natural hair afro, with her line “I like my baby hair, with baby hair and afro,” she even defends her husband that people describe as ‘ugly’ because he has a big nose by stating, “I like my negro nose, with Jackson 5 nostrils.” The second reason I feel people have an issue with her song and music video is because it brings to light the issues and horrific incidents that are going on in the African-American community, with young boys and even older men being targeted or killed by the police, with little to no probable cause to do so. I say if you have an issue with her being awareness to it, stop killing our young men.

As if slandering Beyonce and attempting to boycott the NFL headquarters was’t enough, the female anchor from The Blaze –  Tomi Lahren – made  a statement against her husband saying, “Your husband was a drug dealer. For 14 years he sold crack cocaine. Talk about protecting Black neighborhoods. Start at home.” Beyonce has not responded to the statement, but her husband just laughed it off. My response to her statement is, so what if he was a drug dealer? He is now a legitimate businessman with a legitimate business, people can change. As far as I am concerned Beyonce has done nothing wrong and as an African-American women she has a right to protest what is going on in her community, as do the rest of us. If people are too brainwashed and ignorant to see that, that is their problem.

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