Once again, Beyoncé unexpectedly took the #Beyhive, Internet, and world by storm when she dropped the song and video for “Formation,” performed in the Super Bowl and announced tickets for her next world tour all in one weekend.
Though the mother and entertainer continues to accomplish astounding feats, many people (of color and not) have decided that her performance, video, and declaration of her love of southern black culture are not enough.
Beyoncé’s Super Bowl performance on Sunday night was one of the most anticipated parts of the yearly national event. But after her performance, the opinions on Bey’s performance were split, some loving the recognition of #BlackLivesMatter and the Black Panther party, while others saw it as an “attack on the police” and slandering the performance as a whole.
One person who definitely was not on King Bey’s side was former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani. “This is football, not Hollywood,” said Giuliani according to CNN, “and I thought it was really outrageous that she used it as a platform to attack police officers who are the people who protect her and protect us, and keep us alive.” Another NY political figure who didn’t agree with Beyoncé was Republican Congressman Peter King. According to the Associated Press, on Facebook, he posted, “her pro-Black Panther and anti-cop video ‘Formation’ and her Super Bowl appearance is just one more example of how acceptable it has become to be anti-police.”
Unlike Guiliani and King, Black Lives Matter activist, Erika Totten understood exactly where Bey was coming from. “I think [the message] absolutely belongs in the Super Bowl,” said Totten. “Our goal is to disrupt the status quo and bring the message wherever the message may not be heard.” Bakari Kitwana, the CEO of Rap Sessions also had this to say about her activist-like stand: “There’s definitely an evolution going on with Beyoncé. It shows you how smart she is. She’s tapping into the same consumer culture that she’s always tapped into but she’s doing it with some political overtones.”
Also, over the weekend, Beyonce and Jay Z made major donations to the Black Lives Matter movement and to those who are helping combat the water crisis in Flint, Michigan. After announcing her new “Formation World Tour,” she launched a fund to “address long-term developmental, education, nutrition, and health needs of the children affected by the Flint water crisis.” Jay donated $1.5 million of the proceeds from the Tidal 10×20 show to today’s leading activists.
What more do you want?
In the video, Beyonce empowers women and men of color to go for what they want in her lyrics, and even puts clips of a young black boy in a hoodie in front a line of cops. The video clip in between shows a graffiti shot of a tag that says, “STOP KILLING US.”
One Facebook user had great points, creating a viral Facebook post for her views on the “Formation” controversy:
I don’t know what ya’ll want from anyone. Powerful Black Woman uses her image to bring unapologetically Black images and statements to a usually White forum. That’s not enough. Makes a fund for the children of Flint, MI. That’s not enough. Has been making financial contributions to #BlackLivesMatter and other movements. (How do you think Deray and them get to go all over the country to be the mouth pieces??) But, that’s not enough. Celebrates girl power in a patriarchal world while in heels and spandex. That’s not “right/proper” or enough. Makes millions of us feel good about ourselves daily. That’s not enough. Is the epitome of hard work and persistence. That’s not enough.
Exposed millions to the 50th Anniversary of the Black Panthers movement. That’s not enough. She might not be your cup of tea. She might not be doing it how you prefer. But she is ENOUGH.
We are just saying, before you attack Bey, look at what she has done before you condemn her for what you think she hasn’t.