The day after the Super Bowl, two high-profile New York Republicans described Beyoncé’s halftime performance of her new song as an attack on police.
Rep. Peter King of Seaford used social media to call the superstar’s “Formation” song and video “pro-Black Panther and anti-cop,” while one-time presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani labeled it “outrageous” on Fox News Channel.
The song’s lyrics carry a black empowerment theme, and the video features graffiti that says “Stop shooting us” and police in riot gear with hands up, a reference to the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.
Some believe the black berets worn by Beyoncé’s dancers at the halftime show referred to the Black Panthers, known for wearing black berets.
“Beyoncé may be a gifted entertainer but no one should really care what she thinks about any serious issue confronting our nation,” King wrote on Facebook.
Giuliani panned the idea of halftime shows at the Super Bowl but suggested performances, watched by “middle America,” should be “decent” and “wholesome.”
“I thought it was really outrageous that she used it as a platform to attack police officers who are the people who protect her and protect us and keep us alive,” the former New York City mayor said on Fox.
King said her song repeats the “big lie” that Brown had his hands up when he was shot several times by an officer, a scenario discredited in a Justice Department investigation.
The congressman tweeted, “Cops deserve support not criminals.”
Beyoncé’s spokeswoman could not be reached Monday night.