Beyonce Sparks Controversy With Political “Formation” Moments
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Beyonce Sparks Controversy With Political “Formation” Moments

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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.

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B’s music video for the track features a few allusions to #BlackLivesMatter, without specifically invoking the cause.

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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.

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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.

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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?