Immediately following the release of her “Formation” video and Super Bowl 50 halftime performance, critics were not pleased with the “Black Lives Matter” themes.
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani told CNN’s Don Lemon that Beyonce should use her status to encourage people “to respect the uniform, not to make it appear as if they are the enemy.”
Then to make matters worse the National Sheriffs’ Association blamed Beyonce for four officer deaths last week, on the basis that her performance was “anti-police ‘entertainment’.”
Rutherford County Sheriff Robert Arnold told the media that he blamed the “Formation” singer’s latest music video and Super Bowl halftime show for recent violence against law enforcement.
“With everything that’s happened since the Super Bowl, with law enforcement as a whole, I think we’ve lost five to seven officers, five deputy sheriffs since the Super Bowl, that’s what I’m thinking,” he said at a press conference Tuesday. “You have Beyoncé’s video and that’s kind of bled over into other things about law enforcement.”
According to the New York Daily News, five cops across the country were killed between Feb. 7 and Feb. 11, the first four days after Beyonce’s performance featured a Malcolm X formation and symbols of Black Panther pride.
Later, in a Facebook post, Rutherford County, Tennessee, Sheriff Robert Arnold said his comments “reflect the violence and senseless killing of seven deputies in the U.S. since the show aired. My comments are an observation of the violence that has occurred but in no way is meant to offend anyone.”
Houston Police Officers’ has the decision to decide whether they wish to boycott Beyonce’s tour. Shortly after Houston’s boycott announcement the New York Police Department’s Sergeants Benevolent Association quickly announced it would back the boycott.
Other law enforcement departments across the country are reportedly in discussion of their stance on Queen B’s concert as well but the real question is who’s the true losers in this situation.
Regardless isn’t an officers oath to “protect and serve.” Since when did that come with limits?
Source: Click2Houston, KTLA