Sunday’s Super Bowl halftime show generated its share of controversy, with one incident in particular drawing fire. Rudy Giuliani, appearing today on Fox News, bashed the “Black Power” salute by Beyonce, the New York Daily News reports.
Giuliani is quoted saying: “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.”
The former New York City mayor adds: “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, okay. We’ll work on that. But the vast majority of police officers risk their lives to keep us safe.”
Beyonce’s performance featured a troupe of dancers in Black Panther-style berets. “Fist in air, the bandolier-wrapped Beyonce gave the Black Power symbol in front of a corps of dancers all donning black berets, [a] symbol of the militant political movement that formed 50 years ago this October,” the article notes. “It’s the same gesture, fist high and proud, that Olympic athletes raised in the 1968 games, setting off a firestorm of controversy.”