Beyoncé has been a hot topic lately following her controversial halftime performance at Super Bowl 50.
The pop star used her portion of the show to focus on black power, including a nod to the Black Panthers and Malcolm X — something that has been met with heavy criticism. Critics have blasted Beyoncé for perpetuating racial tension, celebrating people who encouraged racial violence and using her celebrity to make a political statement.
But it’s not just critics in the United States who found the performance problematic. Now, a Toronto official has suggested that Canada disallow Beyoncé from performing in the country if she stands in support of the New Black Panthers.
The American singer and songwriter is scheduled to play at the Rogers Centre in Toronto as a part of her “Formation” tour in a few months, but if Toronto councillor Jim Karygiannis has his way, that performance may not happen. Karygiannis said he wouldn’t ban the pop star based on the Super Bowl halftime show alone, according to the Toronto Sun. However, he questioned if perhaps “Immigration Minister John McCallum should have her investigated first? She or (some of her dancers) could be found not eligible to enter this country, if it’s discovered that they financially support the New Black Panthers”, Karygiannis explained.