Beyoncé’s black power salute that kicked off her appearance during Sunday's Super Bowl halftime show resulted in criticism from former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani. The salute was a reference to Tommie Smith and John Carlos, two American athletes that famously gave the gesture while receiving medals at the 1968 Olympics:
Beyoncé's backup dancers also posed for a backstage photo paying tribute to the Black Panther salute:
She began her halftime show with her new single, "Formation," along with the same famous black power salute. The video for song is politically charged and pays considerable attention to the Black Lives Matter movement, as well as touching on Hurricane Katarina and other recent events. Giuliani interpreted her gesture as an insult to police, which he told his friends on Fox & Friends Monday morning:
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.
Congratulations to Giuliani on being the only person in the world who did not enjoy Beyoncé during halftime (just kidding, it was him and a million furious Facebook commenters). He further elaborated his support for police officers across the country:
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, OK. We'll work on that. But the vast majority of police officers risk their lives to keep us safe.
Yeah, Rudy. "When something does go wrong, OK." That's a message that's sure to comfort the masses. Meanwhile, Beyoncé just announced her Formation World Tour, and is receiving praise from everyone else, especially Red Lobster, which received an NSFW shout-outin the song's lyrics:
Giuliani is, of course, entitled to his own opinion. He has powerful friends. But so does Beyoncé, and he should know better than to mess with the Illuminati. Or Red Lobster.