VMAs: Rudy Giuliani slams Beyoncé
Queen Bey reigned supreme at Sunday night’s MTV Video Music Awards, where she took home eight Moonmen, including one for Video of the Year. She also adapted five songs from her acclaimed visual album Lemonade for a medley that many considered the highlight of the evening.
Beyoncé drew additional attention for bringing the Mothers of the Movement — the parents of slain African-American teens Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Oscar Grant, and Trayvon Martin — to attend the show with her, but her symbolic gesture did not impress former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani.
“I ran the largest and best police department in the world, the New York City Police Department,” Giuliani said Monday morning on Fox News’ Fox & Friends show. “I saved more black lives than any of those people you saw on stage.” He added that her decision to push her agenda at the show was “a shame.”
Beyoncé has been a prominent voice in the Black Lives Matter movement and its battle against racial injustice and police brutality. Lemonade heavily references racial strife in America and features some of the same mothers Beyoncé invited to join her at the VMAs. Last month, she addressed the police killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile with a note stating, “We are sick and tired of the killings of young men and women in our communities.”
Plus, TIDAL — the streaming service Beyoncé’s husband Jay Z launched and in which she has an ownership stake — donated $1.5 million to Black Lives Matter and other social justice organizations in February.