Apparently, not everyone was impressed by Beyonce’s Super Bowl Halftime Show performance on Sunday, February 7, and now a group of protesters have scheduled an anti-Beyonce rally to be held outside of the NFL headquarters building in New York City.
According to an Eventbrite page, the rally will take place on Tuesday, February 16, 2016 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (EST) and will be protesting Beyonce’s Black Panther Party salute during her performance at Super Bowl 50. The organizer of the event currently remains unnamed and is asking all protesters to wear as much blue as possible and to “be peaceful and respect the boundaries of private property.”
“Are you offended as an American that Beyoncé pulled her race-baiting stunt at the Superbowl?” the page reads. “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? Come and let’s stand together. Let’s tell the NFL we don’t want hate speech & racism at the Superbowl ever again! #BoycottBeyonce #BlueLivesMatter #AllLivesMatter.”
On Sunday, February 7, Beyonce took to the field for her halftime performance at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California. Beyonce was dressed in a gold crossbody harness in tribute to Michael Jackson’s 1993 Halftime Show performance, according to Us Weekly. Her backup dancers were dressed in black leather and berets in reference to the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Black Panthers Party, which were a group, founded in 1966, that patrolled black neighborhoods and fought against police brutality. The protesters are calling Beyonce’s performance racist for her salutes the Black Panthers and the Black Lives Matter movement.
Beyonce’s fans have already heard of the anti-Beyonce rally and have planned an anti-anti-Beyonce rally to take place on the same date and at the same time. The organizers have asked their supporters to come to the event dressed in Black Panther attire.
‘Of course there’s now an anti-Beyonce protest – she dared to centre her blackness in Western pop’ https://t.co/Lm419TuL8W
— The Independent (@Independent) February 11, 2016
“When Black women affirm Blackness/Black womanhood, they are attacked and silenced,” the event created by Black Girl Rising on Eventbrite reads. “This is a counter protest to [click link here for info] 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!” the page continues. “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.”
— Fuse TV (@fusetv) February 11, 2016
While Beyonce’s fans have supported her through this ordeal, there are many that believe she should have left politics out of her performance, including former New York Mayor Giuliani, who slammed her performance on Monday for attacking police officers.
“I think this is outrageous, the halftime show I thought was ridiculous anyway — a bunch of people bouncing around and doing strange things,” he said at the time. “It was terrible. … 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.”
— CNN Tonight (@CNNTonight) February 11, 2016
The anti-Beyonce rally and the anti-anti-Beyonce rally will take place on the same day tickets to her Formation World Tour go on sale to the general public, according to Rolling Stone.
[Photo by Matt Slocum/ Associated Press]