Beyonce’s “Formation” video and lyrics have surely struck a nerve with people, and SNL found the perfect way to skewer that with a new video. Uploaded to YouTube on Valentine’s Day — published on February 14 — “The Day Beyoncé Turned Black” quickly swelled to more than 33,000 views on YouTube. It also quickly gained more than 4,000 thumbs up and describes the horror that happened as a result of white folks learning that their beloved Beyoncé had some unapologetically black thoughts.
“It’s the day white people never saw coming: when Beyoncé turned black.”
“The Day Beyoncé Turned Black” features whites running around the streets of New York, aghast that the “Single Ladies” singer is actually a black woman. One person wonders what Beyoncé means in her “Formation” lyrics when she sings about having “hot sauce” in her “bag swag,” a reference to the well-known cultural fact that plenty of African Americans have an affinity for slathering hot sauce on plenty of dishes — and joke about it as often as “CP time,” which stands for “colored people time.”
The SNL video makes fun of all the furor that surrounded Beyoncé’s “Formation” lyrics and video, with lyrics that touch on everything from Beyoncé’s alleged ties to the Illuminati to the images of police misconduct and the damaging results of Hurricane Katrina displayed in the “Formation” video.
“Ya’ll haters corny with that Illuminati mess / Paparazzi catch my fly, and my cocky fresh.”
As reported by the Inquisitr, there are planned protests in response to Beyoncé’s Super Bowl 50 halftime show performance. During the performance, Beyoncé’s dancers dressed in gear reminiscent of the Black Panthers as the superstar joined Bruno Mars and Coldplay on stage. While some are supporting Beyoncé’s black-themed Super Bowl performances, others continue to talk about it feeling offensive.
SNL found a way to make fun of the melee by turning “The Day Beyoncé Turned Black” into a horror theme, featuring a son asking his mom if Taylor Swift is still white, prior to her planning to smother him with a pillow. A mom worries about her daughter turning black, before she realizes that she is the black daughter of the woman who came over to visit for a playdate, and the white mom thanks God that it’s not her daughter playing Beyoncé’s “Formation” song via her headphones.
“The Day Beyoncé Turned Black” shows folks running wild in the streets, and news reports on TV claiming that Kerry Washington is also black — a discovery that sends shockwaves through some of those watching in the SNL skit, as well. One woman wonders how Washington can be a black woman, since she is the star of shows like Scandal, which airs on ABC.
With all the views that “The Day Beyoncé Turned Black” is receiving on YouTube, it proves that the SNL sketch has hit some kind of a nerve that has folks talking up a storm about the “Formation” video and lyrics. All in all, it’s a song that talks about Beyoncé’s upgrading tactics for a man that sexes her well, with the singer singing about taking him to Red Lobster, or letting him shop up a storm in the mall afterward.
“The Day Beyoncé Turned Black” features a way that folks can lighten up over some of the serious talk that has surrounded the song and video, with “The Day Beyoncé Turned Black” perhaps showing how silly some of the talk surrounding the “Formation” video has become. With biting commentary in the SNL skit, it’s no wonder it is causing controversy on Sunday.
“Maybe the song isn’t for us? But usually everything is!”
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