Beyoncé’s Super Bowl act courageous or offensive?
Beyoncé stole the spotlight from Coldplay during the Super Bowl halftime show on Feb. 7. Former mayor Rudy Giuliani said her performance, which alluded to the Black Panthers and Malcolm X, was an attack on police officers. We asked our followers on Twitter what they thought about Giuliani’s criticism. Read their replies below, and comments from Facebook, then share your views.
Comments from Facebook are edited for clarity and grammar:
Without any doubt, Beyoncé just lost many of her fans due to her horribly misguided idea of making some sort of personal political statement when in front of the largest audience she will ever have. The extremely edgy Lady Gaga was smart enough, or her advisers were, to check her political and shock shtick at the gates and simply wow the audience with her artistic talents. By doing so, regardless of her political positions, Lady Gaga just picked up many new fans.
Instead, Beyoncé made an ill-advised attempt to paint police as evil (although she had police escorting her in and out of the stadium) and spent the remainder of her time trying to fan the flames of racism.
— Brent Norman
Beyoncé knew what she was doing. She has done activist messages before. If she never sold one more song, she’d be fine — financially — the rest of her life. I doubt she cares what the haters are saying this week. I love strong women.
— Mary Andrews
Comments from Facebook are edited for clarity and space:
Watching this police-hating activist prance around on the stage dressed in her Black Panther outfit was offensive to many law-abiding, police-loving citizens who know that all lives matter, including police lives.
— Bob Heck
A talented black entertainer who is sympathetic to the long-standing issue of police abuse and oppression toward blacks avails herself of the opportunity to heighten awareness of the problem. For doing so, she is now ostracized for “not knowing her place” by the same racist society that has allowed civil rights abuse to fester for decades. She should be applauded for her courage.
— Jimmy Busha