Beyoncé’s Super Bowl halftime performance was perfect. We may or may not have already watched it twelve or so times.
It was an unimpeachable display of rhythm and energy, there was a dance-off between Beyoncé and Bruno Mars that made us cheer in delight, and Beyoncé’s lyrically genius new song "Formation" was unleashed on the public.
Of course, there was also a political spin to the performance as Beyoncé’ took the field with back-up dancers paying homage to the Black Panthers with killer outfits carrying signs that read: "Justice for Mario Woods."
Mario Woods was a mentally ill black man who was fatally shot 15 times by five San Francisco police officers on December 2nd.
The police, the District Attorney, the and Office of Citizen Complaints are all currently investigating the shooting to see whether the officers involved broke the law or department rules.
The investigation relies in part on a viral video filmed by middle school children passing on a bus which you can view here.
What's more, the lyrics to "Formation," include references to shootings of black American civilians by police officers, and to Hurricane Katrina, which Time reported has become a symbol of federal neglect of black communities.
Apparently, all this talk about race is too much for certain New Yorkers, including former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, who said the performance was "outrageous."
But now a new group has taken the field of discomfort. New Yorkers have organized an "Anti-Beyoncé Protest Rally" on Eventbrite.
This group plans to hold the rally at the Park Avenue headquarters of the NFL on February 16th.
The event page reads: "Are you offended as an American that Beyoncé pulled her race-baiting stunt at the Suberbowl? Do you agree that it was a slap in the face to law enforcement? Do you agree that the Black Panthers was/is a hate group which should not be glorified?"
It calls its supporters to action: "Come and let's stand together. Let's tell the NFL we don't want hate speech & racism at the Superbowl ever again."
Now, this event was posted anonymously, but we wish we could explain to its creators that "pro-black" is not the same as "anti-white," and that the Black Panthers was a group founded to protect black people, and provide meals, education, medical programs, and a food pantry program.
The Black Panthers was not a hate group, and Beyoncé's performance was not racist. We hope that we can come to a collective understanding of any and all facets of racism, at a fundamental, "This Is the Definition of the Word" level.
Beyoncé keep doing your damn thing. The people who created this event on Eventbrite? We're pretty sure you're the exact "haters corny with that illuminati mess," Beyoncé refers to in "Formation."
Of course, it should be noted that ET reported Beyoncé would be performing the single at halftime more than 24 hours before she even took the stage. That gave the potential audience (which peaked at 115.5 million people) plenty of time to determine whether they would tune in or change the channel.
Don't mess with the Queen.[via Time] [Feature Image Courtesy CBC News]