Letters: Halftime show cause for contention
In the article “King, Giuliani decry Beyonce” [News, Feb. 9], Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford) and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani criticize Beyonce for her “Formation” song during halftime of the Super Bowl. To them, it was an anti-cop and pro-Black Panther song that was inappropriate for middle America — and by that, I’m assuming they mean white America.
King, who has supported the terrorist group Irish Republican Army, said Beyonce’s song repeats the “big lie” that Michael Brown had his hands up when shot by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. What King wants to ignore is that Brown was unarmed, as were other black men and boys who were killed by police every year in our great nation.
If this song is truly about the Black Lives Matter movement, then it should be heard by all Americans, but especially middle America.
Steve Berner, Shoreham
In this article, Rep. Peter King says, “Beyonce may be a gifted entertainer but no one should really care what she thinks about any serious issue confronting our nation.”
Perhaps King should turn his focus to his party’s frontrunner for president. Donald Trump may be a gifted entertainer but no one should really care what he thinks about any serious issue confronting our nation.
Susan Biegler, North Bellmore
As a retired police officer, I took offense at Beyonce’s salute to the Black Panthers. I’m sure that the families of Gregory Foster, Rocco Laurie, and all the other loved ones of police officers who were assassinated by a group of cowards, feel the same way.
If I gathered some black men and had them pretend, as they were dancing, that they were shooting at each other, how would the media cover that? Black men are more likely to be killed by other black men than by a police officer, a statistic liberals love to ignore.
John Gelormino, Hicksville
Editor’s note: The writer is retired from the New York City Police Department.