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Beyonce's halftime show draws Giuliani's ire

New York Daily News logo New York Daily News 2/8/2016 Jacqueline Cutler

Beyonce’s “Black Power” salute during the Super Bowl halftime show divided people with some praising her stance and others, like former Mayor Rudy Giuliani, slamming her.

"I think it was outrageous," Giuliani said on Fox News Monday. "The halftime show I thought was ridiculous anyway. I don't know what the heck it was. A bunch of people bouncing around and all strange things. It was terrible."

"This is football, not Hollywood, 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," he said. "And what we should be doing in the African-American community, and all communities, is build up respect for police officers. And focus on the fact that when something does go wrong, okay. We'll work on that. But the vast majority of police officers risk their lives to keep us safe."

Beyonce donned bandoliers as she sang “Formation” during the Super Bowl 50 halftime Show. - Jefferson Siegel/New York Daily News © Provided by New York Daily News Beyonce donned bandoliers as she sang “Formation” during the Super Bowl 50 halftime Show. - Jefferson Siegel/New York Daily News Still, many others were impressed and praised the show. 

“Beyonce’s Super Bowl Halftime Show was a tribute to Black History,” tweets Eeryn F. Lubicich.

And Kamron Huber tweets: “Still asking myself why is it okay for the halftime show dancers to be dressed up as black panthers. I’m not racist but really? Cmon.”

The performance that stirred everyone was of her latest song, "Formation."

Fist in air, the bandolier-wrapped Beyonce gave the Black Power symbol in front of a corps of dancers all donning black berets, another symbol of the militant political movement that formed 50 years ago this October.

It’s the same gesture, fist high and proud, that Olympic athletes raised in the 1968 games, setting off a firestorm of controversy.

With just the football field and her dancers, she couldn’t have the dramatic scenes from the video, but she and her dancers spelled out X, which could be a reference to Malcolm X.

Wearing all black and evoking the Black Power gesture, Beyonce and dancers riled up the crowd just 42 miles south from where Huey Newton, Bobby Seale and others started the Black Panthers.

In a photo taken backstage Beyonce’s mom, Tina Knowles, is surrounded by the dancers whose fists are raised.

Another backstage photo has a dancer holding a sign that reads: “Justice 4 Mario Woods.” San Francisco police killed him in a hail of bullets Dec. 2.

The video “Formation” opens with Beyonce sitting on top of a police car in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina as the flood waters rise.

And the haunting video ends with Beyonce going underwater as the police car sinks. There’s no mistaking her anger as she gives the finger during part of the video.

The release of the video Saturday heightened expectations that Beyonce would make a political statement at the halftime show. 

On Friday, her husband, Jay Z, pledged $1.5 million to the Black Lives Matter movement.


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