HEALTH & SAFETY / CENSORSHIP
Live events sector
Beyoncé is facing protest from the police as well as sports fans as well after her controversial halftime performance at Super Bowl 50. Beyoncé’s show featured outfits resembling Black Panther and Black Power regalia. The performance, viewed by more than 112 million people, also featured an unmistakeable ‘X’ formation (believed to commemorate the legacy of Malcolm X) and was soon followed by the equally controversial video for ‘Formation’.
Immediately after the show, New York Mets enthusiastically announced that Beyoncé was scheduled for an upcoming performance at Citi Field, but many Mets vented their anger in social media, with angry fans demanding Citi Field cancel her event. Now, a number of police unions are speaking out against the singer, with some urging all-out boycotts.
Police unions in Miami, Nashville, New York, and Tampa, Florida are taking the lead. Miami police union president Javier Ortiz said “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”. The Tampa Police Benevolent Association expressed ‘disgust’ at both the half time performance and the ‘Formation’ video and urged “all law enforcement officers to boycott the purchase of Beyoncé’s music and the purchase of tickets for her performances.” Perhaps more worryingly, the Tampa Police Department said it is having trouble getting officers to volunteer to provide security for Beyoncé’s upcoming concert. Typically, off-duty officers volunteer to work concerts and sporting events for the extra income, but none have signed up to work security for Beyoncé’s April 29th concert at Raymond James Stadium, which is expected to sell out, a local Fox News affiliate reported.
The singer also has a sold-out date in Nashville where the police union is urging cops not to volunteer. “We ask officers to refuse to support the efforts of artists who promote a false narrative of law enforcement attacks on black citizens,” the president of Nashville’s Fraternal Order of Police. In New York City, the NYPD is also unhappy, but not advocating a boycott. “As a celebrity figure, Beyoncé should take greater responsibility in her divisive actions that further complicate relationships between communities of color and the members of law enforcement,” the New York’s Sergeants Benevolent Association said.
Video here: http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/video/beyonces-super-bowl-performance-unpopular-police-unions-37093951