- Touré (@Toure) February 8, 2016. I love that Beyonce used her platform for a political statement.
In addition, they raised a fist to the sky, reminiscent of the black power salutes of the 1960-70s, made popular internationally by Tommie Smith and John Carlos, who raised their fists to the sky after winning gold and bronze at the 1968 Olympics. "I don't think about that word very often", he said.
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R) also criticized the video on Monday as "outrageous" and for serving as a "platform to attack police officers". "And what we should be doing, in the African-American community and in all communities, is build up respect for police officers and focus on the fact that when something does go wrong, OK, we'll work on that".
The single "Formation" is a tribute to the singer's black heritage and culture, and takes listeners to many places, such as New Orleans after Katrina hit, as well as to area stores, shops and a scene with a police vehicle.
The performance has been criticised in some corners for being "anti-police" with its references to references to the Black Panthers and the Black Lives Matter movement.
When the halftime performance came up, I watched Coldplay and Bruno Mars do their thing, but when Beyonce came out, I must admit that I played closer attention. "I can't recall another time you saw that unambiguousness with a performance on a large scale".
To be fair, it wasn't just Beyoncé that the 71-year old Giuliani didn't like. The halftime show I thought was ridiculous anyway. I didn't know what the heck it was - a bunch of people, like, bouncing around....
Giuliani observed that the Super Bowl is "football and not Hollywood", so, the NFL would do well to remember its audience.