Tomi Lahren Calls Out Beyoncé For Presenting Colin Kaepernick With an Award (UPDATE)
UPDATE (12/6/17 at 8:55 a.m. ET):
It was inevitable that a political commentator would weigh in on Beyoncé presenting an award to Colin Kaepernick, right?
Tomi Lahren, the outspoken conservative anchor who works for Fox News, has pissed off the Beyhive with her comment about Bey giving the NFL athlete the Muhammad Ali Legacy Award, even calling her "police-hating!"
In the tweet, the L.A-based talking head also refers to Colin, who started a movement in 2016 by taking a knee at a football game to stand for police brutality, "American-hating Kappy."
Way to piss of lots of people at once, Tomi!
Police-hating Beyonc presents police and America-hating Kappy with a legacy award. This is how far weve fallen. Wow. pic.twitter.com/KIe6IqEQey— Tomi Lahren (@TomiLahren) December 6, 2017
Read on to see Twitter's response to the two icons taking the stage together and more.
Original story (12/6/17 at 10:16 a.m. ET):
An icon has met an icon, and Twitter has a lot to say about it.
Beyoncé made a surprise appearance last night at Sports Illustrated's Sportsperson of the Year ceremony at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn to present NFL star Colin Kaepernick with the magazine's Muhammad Ali Legacy award, and the reaction was mixed at best.
The NFL quarterback first made headlines in 2016, when he kneeled during the national anthem to protest police brutality against black youth.
Eventually, other athletes followed suit.
The movement became so huge it continued well into the 2017 football season, and later, Colin was even given the coveted title of GQ's Citizen of the Year.
But not everyone is a fan.
Twitter users had a lot to say about Queen Bey presenting such a prestigious award to such a controversial figure.
While some considered themselves #blessed for getting to see two icons in one photo, others threatened to cancel their Sports Illustrated subscriptions... or worse.
Beyonce presented Kaep with a Muhammad Ali award...yall this runs deep for meLauren Trill (@Twiitter_Name) December 6, 2017
Beyonc presenting Colin Kaepernick the Muhammad Ali Legacy Award to piss racist people off once again pic.twitter.com/jU9ZAuv18Kbeylamnt thomas (@Official_Lament) December 6, 2017
But the mom of three kept things professional, as always, praising the star for the mark he's made on sports and life in general.
“Thank you, Colin Kaepernick,” she said on-stage after being introduced by The Daily Show's Trevor Noah.
“Thank you for your selfless heart, and your conviction. Thank you for your personal sacrifice. Colin took action with no fear of consequence or repercussion, only hope to change the world for the better. To change perception, to change the way we treat each other, especially people of color.”
The athlete, who used to play for the 49ers but is now a free agent, was humbled by the honor.
“I say this as a person who receives credit for using my platform to protest systemic oppression, racialized injustice and and the dire consequences of anti-blackness in America,” the 30-year-old said.
“I accept this award not for myself, but on behalf of the people. Because if it were not for my love of the people, I would not have protested. And if it was not for the support from the people, I would not be on this stage today."
And Bey is making like her husband by showing support for Colin. Last month, Jay-Z literally stopped midway through a show on his 4:44 tour to protest police brutality and praise Colin for his taking such a brave stand.
Jay-Z Supports NFL Protests, 'Not About the Flag, It's About Justice!' https://t.co/Q7UlEQz3YQTMZ (@TMZ) November 13, 2017
"It's not about a flag. It's about justice and injustice. And that's not a black or white thing, it's a human issue. Everybody should feel the same way," the 48-year-old said.
"Everyone should be affected... that's a young person who lost their life senselessly. Black people in particular, we gotta get our shit together. We gotta start working with each other. We're not second class citizens to anybody."
Yet another reason Bey and Jay are the ultimate power couple? They stand up for what they believe in — controversy be damned!
What do you think of Beyonce presenting Colin with an award? Do you agree with the movement the athlete started? Tell us in the comments!