While SNL made fun of the day Beyoncé turned black, not everyone is laughing. There’s another boycott about Beyoncé going around. This time, police are being urged to boycott Beyoncé’s “Formation” world tour, all because of Beyoncé’s “Formation” video and its imagery of Beyoncé atop a New Orleans police car, drowning in the waters of Hurricane Katrina — with the police right beneath her body. As reported by The Inquisitr, Beyoncé’s “Formation” song began with the singer talking about “Illuminati mess,” but Beyoncé has a whole new mess to deal with, considering how the police are reacting to Beyoncé’s need for a police presence at her concerts in the wake of Beyoncé’s controversial Super Bowl halftime show.
As reported by CNN, Javier Ortiz, President of the Miami Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge #20, published a letter on February 17, titled “Boycotting Beyoncé’s Miami Concert” on Scribd. In the letter, Javier puts forth the reasons why he feels Beyoncé’s Miami concert should be boycotted by cops. It’s a letter that Scribd reports has received 63,825 views in the day after it was published.
“The Miami Fraternal Order of Police has voted to have all law enforcement officers boycott Beyoncé’s concert which is being held at the Miami Marlins Stadium on Wednesday, [April 27], 2016. The fact that Beyoncé used this year’s Super Bowl to divide Americans by promoting the Black Panthers and her antipolice message shows how she does not support law enforcement.”
Ortiz went on to write that he boycotted Beyoncé’s Super Bowl show due to respect for fellow police personnel, but wrote that he accidentally watched Beyoncé’s “Formation” video.
“I was one of the tens of thousands of law enforcement officers that didn’t watch the Super Bowl halftime show out of respect for our profession. On another day while flipping through the television channels, I did mistakenly watch her “Formation” video that shows scenes of a young black boy dancing in front of police in riot gear, who signal their surrender by putting their hands up, referencing the “Hands up, don’t shoot” anthem of the Black Lives Matter movement inspired by the 2014 death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.”
That’s when Javier went on to advise Beyoncé to read the 86-page long report about Brown’s death.
“I challenge Beyoncé to review the eighty-six page report written by the United States Department of Justice on the death investigation of Michael Brown.”
Even as Beyoncé’s “Formation” tickets are picking up steam and going for a pretty penny on Ticketmaster — with some folks able to purchase their Beyoncé tickets on a pre-sale basis — the boycott is getting attention. As Javier went on to write about a certain witness in the Brown case, social media users are busy creating memes on Twitter. Some of those memes show photos of Beyoncé using police to guard her and her husband, Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter, from fans.
If all police do decide to boycott Beyoncé’s “Formation” concerts — or at least one of them — no doubt Beyoncé would be forced to hire private security for her tour dates. Conversely, Beyoncé could offer double or triple the rate of pay for police to police her concerts — even if those cops could run the risk of being called traitors by fellow cops.
Recently, Beyoncé was seen on TV as she presented the honors for the Record of the Year at the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. Whether Beyoncé will borrow a line from her own “Formation” song to deal with the police boycott remains to be seen.
“Always stay gracious; your best revenge is your paper.”
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