Published: Tue, February 16, 2016
Culture | By Stewart Greene

Beyonce reveals how happy she is with her controversial Super Bowl show

Beyonce reveals how happy she is with her controversial Super Bowl show

Police in riot gear face a little black boy in a hoodie with his arms up, an image that recalls the black community's claims, some of them later dispelled, that unarmed, non-violent blacks including young teens are shot by prejudiced police.

"It [made] me proud", Beyonce tells Entertainment Tonight's Kevin Frazier in the following video after caught up with the artist at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California on Sunday, not long after halftime ended.

"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", Guiliani said.

However, once Beyonce and Bruno Mars were added to the playlist, Super Bowl 50 was upgraded to SUPER BOWL 50! "She calls out police brutality and the constant fear that black people have of the police".

Beyonce has not addressed the political connotations, nor has she directly inferred that the routine was her way of showing support for the "Black Lives Matter" movement, or any social or political ideology.

Still, many others were impressed and praised the show.

Beyonce's new video "Formation" is "pro-Black Panther" and "anti-cop", says a Republican congressman, who argued Monday that it perpetuates a lie about the August 2014 shooting in Missouri of an unarmed black man by a white police officer.

Beyonce halftime superbowl
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AP Two American athletes - Tommie Smith, center, and John Carlos, right - gave the "black power" salute as they accepted Olympic medals in 1968.

The 20-time Grammy victor appeared on the field during halftime and performed her new song "Formation" - which has become a "rallying cry for the Black Lives Matter movement", according to the network - and was joined by backup dancers wearing Black Panthers-style outfits.

The political leanings of Beyonce and Jay Z are no secret. In response, the Daily Show's senior Beyoncé correspondent said, "You know what's in the middle of Middle America?"

However, the couple has also come under fire.

Beyonce recently shared the message behind her politically-charged performance.



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