Others responded by announcing an anti-anti-Beyoncé rally at the same time and place
Beyoncé and her backup dancers channeled the Black Panthers to bring attention to the Black Lives Matter movement at Sunday’s Super Bowl halftime show when they performed the just-released “Formation,” and some people aren’t happy about it — so unhappy that one group is planning an anti-Beyoncé protest outside the NFL headquarters in New York.
“Are you offended as an American that Beyoncé pulled her race-baiting stunt at the [Super Bowl]? Do you agree that it was a slap in the fact to law enforcement?” an Eventbrite page for the protest asks. “Do you agree that the Black Panthers was/is a hate group which should not be glorified? … Let’s tell the NFL we don’t want hate speech & racism at the [Super Bowl] ever again!”
These protesters will have company, though: In response to the call to the arms, another Eventbrite page advertising an “Anti-Anti-Beyoncé Protest Rally” popped up. “We have asked our biggest stars to get political and Bey went there,” the page reads. “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.”
In addition to the anti-Beyoncé protesters, conservative pundits have also been vocal about their disapproval of the star’s halftime show. Former New York mayor and current Fox News contributor Rudy Giuliani said halftime performers should provide “wholesome entertainment” while Fox Business host Stuart Varney asked, “Why is race brought in at the halftime show of the Super Bowl?”
Comedian Jessica Williams responded to those complaints in a segment on The Daily Show Monday evening when she sarcastically apologized that “this wasn’t wholesome enough for you.” “I didn’t realize that singing about race was equivalent to Janet Jackson getting her titty pulled out at the Super Bowl,” she said.
“But you’re right. You know what? The fans deserve wholesome entertainment: like watching 300-pound men give each other concussions while a crowd cheers like extras in the movie Gladiator,” she went on. “So what is wrong with Beyoncé, everyone? Were you not entertained?”
Both protests are, according to their event pages, scheduled for 8 a.m. on Feb. 16 — the same day tickets for Beyoncé’s Formation tour go on sale.