Soon after everyone got done being outraged by Coldplay’s performance during the Super Bowl 50 halftime show, their angst turned to Beyoncé’s cameo performance that featured a possible ode to the Black Panther Party.
The outrage was so strong that a group called Proud of the Blues chose Tuesday as the day to formally protest Beyonce at NFL headquarters in New York City as a result of the perceived diss of police officers in the performance.
However, when it came time to get down the business and do some protesting, only three people showed up.
In fact, the turnout was so porous that counter-protesters showed up to support Beyoncé.
Back to the point of controversy for a moment.
During the Super Bowl halftime show, Beyoncé’s dancing entourage strutted onto the field at Levi’s Stadium wearing a black beret – one of the trademarks of the Black Panther Party, which operated in the United States from 1966 to 1982.
After dancing around with Chris Martin of Coldplay and Michael Jackson-adjace (Bruno Mars), folks drew an immediate connection between Bey, Black Lives Matter, and the Black Panther Party, which was all about armed citizens preventing police brutality.
As a point of reference from last year, four men handcuffed themselves at NFL headquarters to protest Tom Brady’s suspension.
They went to jail. That is how you protest my friends.
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