Anti-Beyoncé conservative news anchor refuses singer’s request to use clip of rant

Tomi Lahren hit out at Beyoncé’s ‘Formation’ video earlier this year

Beyoncé asked a conservative news anchor for permission to use footage, in which she is attacked for her Super Bowl performance, on her ‘Formation’ world tour.

In February, TheBlaze’s Tomi Lahren hit out at the singer’s half-time show, describing it as “a way to politicise and advance the notion that black lives matter more”. She also labelled the Black Panthers, which Beyoncé paid homage to, as a “terrorist group”.

TMZ reports that the popstar’s team asked the US television network if they could license the first 30 seconds of Lahren’s four-minute long, widely-derided monologue for her tour.

TheBlaze refused the request without any further explanation.

Beyoncé’s ‘Formation’ video was released in February and included a scene where police appear in riot gear with their hands up while a boy dances in front of them in a hoodie. The clip references the Black Lives Matter movement’s “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” mantra that followed the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson.

Earlier this month, Beyoncé responded to criticism she received over the video, specifically accusations that the clip had an “anti-police” message.

“I’m an artist and I think the most powerful art is usually misunderstood,” she told Elle Magazine. “But anyone who perceives my message as anti-police is completely mistaken. I have so much admiration and respect for officers and the families of the officers who sacrifice themselves to keep us safe.”

“But let’s be clear: I am against police brutality and injustice,” the singer added. “Those are two separate things. If celebrating my roots and culture during Black History Month made anyone uncomfortable, those feelings were there long before a video and long before me. I’m proud of what we created and I’m proud to be part of a conversation that is pushing things forward in a positive way.”

Beyoncé’s new album ‘Lemonade’ was released through Tidal on Saturday night (April 23) after an hour-long HBO special of the same name was broadcast.