February 19, 2016


Miami Police Union President Urges Cops to Boycott Beyoncé Performance

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Beyoncé's halftime performance at Superbowl 50—which alluded to the Black Panther Party—was controversial. Her rendition of the song "Formation," caused an uproar. Public officials past and present—like former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani—called Bey's message "anti-police." There was even an anti-Beyoncé rally outside of the NFL's Manhattan headquarters on Tuesday (Feb.16). About three people showed up to protest. 

But the controversy continues for Beyoncé! She'll face more scrutiny from cops in Miami later this year. As per the Miami New Timesthe president of the Miami Police Union, Javier Ortiz, says officers are planning to boycott the singer's performance at Marlins Park in April. In a statement issued Wednesday, Ortiz had this to say:

"The Miami Fraternal Order of Police has voted to have all law enforcement officers boycott Beyoncé’s concert which is being held at the Miami Marlins Stadium on Wednesday, April 26, 2016. The fact that Beyoncé used this year’s Super Bowl to divide Americans by promoting the Black Panthers and her anti-police message shows how she does not support law enforcement."

Ortiz notes that he's seen the video for "Formation." We're guessing he doesn't like it very much. You can read his entire statement over at the Miami New Times.