Fox News Misreads Beyonce’s SB50 Performance, Sparks Minor Twitter Outcry
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The people over at Fox News’ Fox & Friends segment have generously offered up what comes off as borderline satirical criticism of Beyonce’s stellar Super Bowl 50 show — except it’s actually real, and clearly stemmed from a blatant misread of the performance.
“I couldn’t really make out what Beyonce was saying,” said host Steve Doocy, who must have had gummy bears lodged in his ears during the halftime show. “But at the end, we find out Beyonce dressed up in a tribute to the Black Panthers, went to a Malcolm X formation. And the song, the lyrics, which I couldn’t make out a syllable, were basically telling cops to stop shooting blacks!”
It is difficult to re-write the words that spewed from Doocy’s mouth without going blind from continual eye-rolling. Ignoring the absurdity of his last statement — which implies it’s disrespectful for Beyonce to call to end the killing of unarmed black men and women at the hands of police — Doocy’s interpretation of Beyonce’s performance suggests he didn’t bother doing any research beyond clicking on Twitter’s #BoycottBeyonce hashtag.
Former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani was also part of this panel of offended white people, and he offered viewers a similar outlook.
“I think it was outrageous,” said old-man-yells-at-cloud Giuliani, before launching into his curmudgeonly opinion of the halftime show’s general existence. “The halftime show I feel was ridiculous anyway, I don’t know what the heck it was. A bunch of people like bouncing around and doing strange things. I actually don’t even know why we have this.”
He continued, further articulating just how hard he missed the point: “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.”
“What we should be doing in the African-American community and all communities is build up respect for police officers and focus on the fact that when something does go wrong, okay, we’ll work on that,” Giuliani said, indicating he hasn’t read a newspaper headline in the past five years.
It’s telling, really, that a song about being unapologetically black and a performance backed by strong political imagery has somehow been misinterpreted by a panel of white people as an attack on police officers — which it’s not.
“This is a political position and she’s probably going to take advantage of it,” an aghast Giuliani continued. “You’re talking to middle America when you have the Super Bowl. So if you’re going to have entertainment, let’s have decent, wholesome entertainment. And not use it as a platform to attack the people who put their lives at risk just to save us.”
Twitter users who undoubtedly share similar views as Giuliani and Fox News created the aforementioned #BoycottBeyonce hashtag, believing minor Twitter outcry could somehow have any affect on Beyonce’s career, such is the delusion of offended whites. But rather than give a few vocal racists attention they don’t deserve, here are some good tweets responding to the hashtag instead:
— Bobby Hall (@BobbyTBD) February 9, 2016
Beyoncé tried to break racial barriers and speak out about crime on her culture. And instead you come up with #BoycottBeyoncé
— KOOL KID (@OshaneBlackwin) February 9, 2016
When she sang about Single Ladies, you were all hailing her as a queen, but now that she's singing about being black it's #BoycottBeyonce?
— no one (@Fenetta) February 9, 2016
Check out Fox News and Giuliani criticizing Beyonce in the video above. [Editor’s note: The Daily Show‘s Jessica Williams also offered a take on the response to Beyonce’s “Formation” video that’s worth watching; see it below.]
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