Beyonce is capturing attention for controversial political messages that were embedded in her Super Bowl 50 halftime show on Sunday night, with critics and fans debating over her dancers presumably being dressed like Black Panthers and making a black power salute.
Performing her new song “Formation,” Beyonce and her dancers were dressed in all black, wore black berets and, at one point, positioned themselves in an “X” on the field — something that some observers said was done in reference to Malcolm X, the Daily Mail reported.
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One of the dancers was seen after the performance supposedly making a black power salute while holding a sign that read “Justice 4 Mario Woods,” as she was surrounded by other dancers who were doing the same salute.
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Woods was killed by San Francisco police last December, with many activists claiming that the officers were in the wrong.
Watch Beyonce’s performance below:
The Super Bowl performance was dubbed, quite possibly, “the most radical political statement from the superstar in her 20-year career” by the Guardian, with Business Insider noting that, while fans are praising the Beyonce for it, not everyone is happy — especially about her new song.
In fact, the music video for “Formation,” the song which she performed during the halftime show, has some calling for boycotts. The video shows Beyonce sitting and standing on what appears to be a police car submerged in water.
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Watch the video for “Formation” below (caution: strong language and adult themes):
Beyonce’s performance came just days after Tidal, a music platform owned by her husband, Jay Z, announced that $1.5 million will be given to Black Lives Matter, among other groups.
(H/T: Daily Mail)
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