Beyoncé Backlash


Carina Hernandez, Editor

“Okay ladies, now let’s get in formation,” breaks through the screaming crowds, echoing through the brightly lit Levi Stadium during the Super Bowl 50 half-time show. All eyes are on Beyoncé and her dancers.

Beyoncé’s new single “Formation” now a month later is continues to get attention from all over the nation after the debut performance at the Super Bowl 50 and the release of her explicit new music video. From praise to criticism, Beyoncé has seen it all.

More recently Beyoncé is being criticized for using her pop star platform to send a social message that some consider to be anti-police and even racist.

It is true, Beyoncé does have subtle undertones of police brutality within her music video, featuring a graffitied wall that says, “Stop shooting us” and a young African-American boy standing in front of a line officers, both holding their hands up. In a way, it acts more as a response towards society today, a social commentary as you will.

Beyoncé is making the statement that Black Lives Matter. She also proudly announces to the world that, “I like my baby heir with baby hair and afros. I like my negro nose with Jackson five nostrils,” through her lyrics as a form of empowerment towards black features.

As Beyoncé uses her celebrity platform and songs as a way to communicate social commentary to the general public, she has received backlash from public organizations. Police unions have called for boycotts against Beyoncé’s World Tour, as they feel she is tarnishing the name of the uniform by focusing on an issue that only seeks to divide the nation (CNN).

As long as tensions between police continue to occur, it is important to be able to have these conversations, and have people with with such a large following such as Beyoncé, to initiate these conversations.