Yep, that’s about right. The best time to get the most traction for your career would be when most of the nation is watching tv and riding the coattails of the most controversial topic in the nation would just be the double whammy to keep your name in the head lines for days following.
Rudi Giuliani isn’t the only one blasting Beyonce for her vulgar display of racism during the Super Bowl half time show. Now Congressman, Peter King, is chiming in, and he’s not happy.
Super Bowl 50 might be in the record books, but the political fallout from Beyoncé’s hypersexual halftime performance that included a lengthy salute to militant black radicalism is still reverberating, as a Republican congressman has become the latest critic to pile on the show seen by tens of millions.
Following on another prominent New Yorker’s condemnation of the spectacle, Rep. Peter King took to Facebook Monday to denounce the staging of the singer’s new single “Formation” as a pandering paean to the Black Power movement.
Beyoncé may be a gifted entertainer but no one should really care what she thinks about any serious issue confronting our nation. But the mainstream media’s acceptance of her pro-Black Panther and anti-cop video “Formation” and her Super Bowl appearance is just one more example of how acceptable it has become to be anti-police when it is the men and women in blue who put their lives on the line for all of us and deserve our strong support.
And it wasn’t just in King’s imagination — or that of the other conservatives who criticized the performance — that the halftime extravaganza paid tribute to the Black Panthers. The black-oriented publication Essence — no supporter of Republicans — confirmed Monday that Beyoncé and her black-beret sporting dancers with clenched fists thrust in the air were paying deliberate “homage to the Black Panthers on the 50th anniversary of their formation.”
King also slammed the video of the song, which includes an image of a young, black child dressed in a hoodie standing in front of a line of police officers as the words “Stop Shooting Us” flash on the screen. The reference to the “hands up, don’t shoot” protests that spawned the Black Lives Matter movement following the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, during a 2014 attack on a police officer was unmistakable.
And King didn’t mince words about it.
Michael Brown was a criminal who had robbed a convenience store and then attempted to kill Police Officer Darren Wilson. Michael Brown never raised his hands above his head and never tried to surrender. He was killed in self-defense by Officer Wilson after Brown first attempted to take the officer’s weapon away and then charged at him. Officer Wilson was exonerated not just by a local prosecutor but by the Justice Department of Eric Holder and President Obama. Officer Wilson should be praised, not condemned, for his courageous action against a dangerous criminal.
Yet the big lie continues by Black Lives Matter, by pandering politicians and now by Beyoncé who gets star billing at the Super Bowl.
King’s post garnered more than 36,000 “likes” and had been shared almost 14,500 times by Tuesday morning.
It ends with a reference to two New York Police Department officers who were assassinated in their patrol vehicle in December, 2014, by a man bent on “revenge” for police officers killing black men.
Maybe it’s because I’ve attended too many police funerals and because my father proudly served in the NYPD for more than 30 years but I strongly believe that this false and irresponsible narrative of police violence premised on lies and distortion endangers police officer lives, such as NYPD Officers Liu and Ramos, and is extremely damaging to our nation and to people of all races and backgrounds.
It might be damaging to our nation, but the 21st century version of black radicalism is very good for some pop stars’ careers as well as some politicians’ fortunes.
Beyoncé’s passion-stirring presence on the field Sunday night — with the whole world watching — made that very clear.