February 10, 2016


NYC Anti-Beyoncé Rally Planned in Response to Super Bowl Performance

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Matt Cowan/Getty Images

Beyoncé's Super Bowl 50 performance managed to incense a few people on Sunday, including former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, who called the singer's vibrant half-time show "anti-police." But he's not the only New Yorker outraged by Bey's performance of new single "Formation," which was an obvious homage to the Black Lives Matter movement. 

Plans have materialized for an anti-Beyoncè protest rally to take place outside of the NFL's Manhattan headquarters on Feb. 16, and the event's organizer echoes much of what Rudy has already griped about. The event's page says that Queen Bey's halftime show was "race-baiting" and a "slap in the face to law enforcement."

There is also an anti-anti-Beyoncé rally planned for the same time. That event's page reads:

"When Black women affirm Blackness/Black womanhood, they are attacked and silenced. This is a counter protest to a racist, ahistorical attack on the Black Panther Party and Beyonce, plus an excuse to celebrate a very awesome song and #BlackGirlMagic moment. Sisters, dress in your 'Formation' video/Super Bowl performance-inspired gear and make this a moment a joyous one! Allies and friends, show up and show your support! We have asked our biggest stars to get political and Bey went there. Don't let anyone make her powerful statement about the value of Black life be overshadowed by those who don't believe that our lives matter."

Beyoncé's back-up dancers were clad in all-black outfits reminiscent of the Black Panther Party and formed an X on the field during the song "Formation." The latter move was seen as a tribute to prominent civil rights activist Malcolm X. However, her outfit was also a clear tribute to Michael Jackson.

Giuliani originally appeared on—you guessed it—Fox News to denounce Beyoncé on Monday. The (probably first-ever) anti-Beyoncé rally will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 16 at 8 a.m. and clamor on until 4 p.m.