Head of Miami Police Union speaks out over the singer's controversial Super Bowl performance
Beyonce is facing more protests following her recent performance of new single ‘Formation’ at the Super Bowl half time show.
Following a failed anti-Beyoncé protest in New York earlier this week where only three protesters turned up, the Miami Police Union President is now calling on officers to boycott the kickoff date for her ‘Formation’ world tour in April.
Fraternal Order of Police President Javier Ortiz told the Miami New Times that he believes her Super Bowl performance divided “Americans by promoting the Black Panthers and her anti-police message shows how she does not support law enforcement.” The performance had been criticised by some for being “anti-police” with its references to references to the Black Panthers and the Black Lives Matter movement.
While Ortiz stated he did not watch the halftime show “out of respect for our profession,” he did view Beyoncé’s “Formation” video and he took issue with the 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, MO. “Hands up, don’t shoot was built on a lie,” Ortiz wrote.
He also paid homage to the police and called for action beyond Miami. “I also salute the dozens of law enforcement officers that have been assassinated by members of the Black Panthers,” he said. “We ask all law enforcement labor organisations to join our boycott across the country and to boycott all of her concerts.”
Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani was one of the high-profile individuals to criticise Beyoncé for her Super Bowl performance, saying it was “outrageous” to make a political statement during a football game.
“This is football, not Hollywood, and I thought it was really outrageous that she used it as a platform to attack police officers who are the people who protect her and protect us, and keep us alive,” he said.
Beyoncé will tour the UK during June and July. See below for Beyoncé’s full UK dates:
Sunderland, Stadium of Light (June 28)
Cardiff, Principality Stadium (30)
London, Wembley Stadium (July 2, 3)
Manchester, Emirates Old Trafford Cricket Ground (5)
Glasgow, Hampden Park (7)