Beyonce Sparks Controversy With Political “Formation” Moments
Beyonce is no stranger to standing up for what she believes in — her bossed-up pose in front of a “Feminist” screen is iconic.
But now the 34-year-old artist is getting backlash from haters who don’t appreciate the political imagery around her new single “Formation,” which dropped during Black History Month.
B’s music video for the track features a few allusions to #BlackLivesMatter, without specifically invoking the cause.
There’s a young boy who dances in front of cops in riot gear, reminiscent of images from recent protests over officer-involved shootings of young black men. Once the kid stops busting a move, the police put their hands in the air in apparent surrender.
That moving scene is directly followed by a shot of wall graffiti that reads, “Stop shooting us,” and Queen Bey lying down on a drowned police car.
“Boycott The 2016 Super Bowl Anti-Police Halftime show,” wrote Chicago Code Blue, a Midwest pro-police group. Countless social media users echoed their statement.
For everyone who ignored the #BoycottBeyonce hashtag, they were treated to a Black Panthers-inspired performance during the Super Bowl show.
Her February 7 backup dancers wore black berets in the style of the 1960s political group and held their fists high, a symbol of the Black Power movement.
In Twitter photos, one of the afro-rocking women can be seen holding a sign that reads “Justice 4 Mario Woods,” naming another young African-American man who was recently killed by officers in San Francisco's Bayview area.
The big game took place in a stadium just 40 miles away from the neighborhood.
Who knows what kind of progressive moment may happen during Beyonce’s upcoming Formation World Tour?