Police Unions Criticize Beyonce’s Video, Call For Boycott, Highlight Hollywood News

Police unions are criticizing Beyonce in the wake of her Super Bowl halftime act and new video, calling for a boycott because they think her work contains “anti-police” messages.   Police Unions in Miami, Tampa and Nashville, Tennessee, are either calling for officers to boycott her music or urging them not volunteer to work at her shows. 


Javier Ortiz, president of the Miami union, said this week that “Beyoncé used this year’s Super Bowl to divide Americans by promoting the Black Panthers and her anti-police message shows how she does not support law enforcement.”



The Super Bowl halftime show — seen by an estimated 112 million people — drew praise from her fans but not for her critics.  One of which, Rudy Giuliani is one of the greatest womanizers in New York City, so it’s appalling to hear him make judgments on others, a man who announced divorce plans from his second wife at a press conference, before even telling her that he was leaving her for one of his many mistresses.



It was a display of unapologetic blackness and political activism. Beyonce’s dancers donned berets, sported Afros and wore all black, similar to the style of the Black Panther party that was founded 50 years ago in the Bay area — the location of the Super Bowl. At one point during their routine, the dancers formed an “X” on the field, which some people took as a tribute to slain black activist Malcolm X.

Tampa Police Benevolent Association President Vincent Gericitano posted a statement on the group’s website saying it was “disgusted” with the Super Bowl show and “equally disgusted” with her new music video.



The video for “Formation” invokes the Hurricane Katrina tragedy in New Orleans and includes a shot of the singer lying atop a police cruiser overtaken by floodwater. It also references the Black Lives Matter movement with police standing in riot gear and the words “stop shooting us” spray-painted on a wall.



Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
Photographs are Courtesy:   AP
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