Beyonce Sparks Race Row At Half-Time Show With ‘Shout-Outs’ To Malcolm X, Anti-Police Sentiment And Black Panther-Like Attire

BEYONCE hijacked the Super Bowl — and strutted straight into a Black Power race row.

The pop star, 34, who had been accused of shunning her black heritage, stunned viewers by performing her new single Formation.

It includes attacks on police brutality and cops’ response to 2005’s Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.

Fierce ... star has stirred controversy with her performance which highlighted current tensions between US police and the black community
Fierce … star has stirred controversy with her performance which highlighted current tensions between US police and the black community 
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Super Bowl 50: Halftime show

 


In front of a TV audience of one billion, her dancers paraded in outfits similar to controversial activists the Black Panthers. They also raised their fists in an apparent tribute.

The half-time show at the Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California, was branded “ridiculous” and “anti-police” by former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani.

Beyonce and dancers strike Black Power raised fist salute at the half-time show in California
Beyonce and dancers strike Black Power raised fist salute at the half-time show in California

Members of the National Sheriffs’ Association also turned their backs as they watched on Sunday at their Washington base. A cop’s wife posted: “Rise above and stay above the strife. For a girl who grew up in a privileged, wealthy family, she has no business pandering to those who didn’t.”

But DeRay Mckesson, leader of the Black Lives Matter movement, called its “shout-outs” to Michael Jackson and activist Malcolm X “excellent”. Beyonce’s performance, during Denver Broncos’ win over the Carolina Panthers, followed an opening sequence by Coldplay — the top-billed half-time guests.

Frontman Chris Martin later joined Beyonce on stage with Bruno Mars and many ridiculed his efforts. One said: “Chris Martin is like, ‘What am I doing here?’”

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Beyonce saves herself from dance move embarrassment
Embarrassing ... many commented that Chris Martin looked very out of place alongside Bruno Mars and Beyonce
Embarrassing … many commented that Chris Martin looked very out of place alongside Bruno Mars and Beyonce

 

Mario Woods

Mario Woods, 26, shot dead by white police officers in San Francisco last year
Mario Woods, 26, shot dead by white police officers in San Francisco last year

BEYONCE’S backing dancers raise their fists as they are joined by the star’s mum Tina.

They had earlier demanded justice for Mario Woods, 26, shot dead by white cops in San Francisco last year.

Backstage ... performers pose in solidarity wearing black outfits and berets
Backstage … performers pose in solidarity wearing black outfits and berets

 

Malcolm X

Controversial ... civil rights leader Malcolm X
Controversial … civil rights leader Malcolm X Topham

THE half-time routine saw dancers in an X formation, an apparent tribute to activist Malcolm X.

He opposed Martin Luther King’s non-violent approach to US integration and wanted his followers to create their own nation, free of whites.

X marks the spot ... dancers form cross in tribute to the black rights icon
X marks the spot … dancers form cross in tribute to the black rights icon

 

1968 Olympics

Fists raised high ... Tommie Smith and John Carlos used their Mexico City medal ceremony to protest civil rates
Fists raised high … Tommie Smith and John Carlos used their Mexico City medal ceremony to protest civil rates AP:Associated Press

ATHLETES Tommie Smith and John Carlos used their Mexico City medal ceremony to protest against racial discrimination.

After winning 200m gold and bronze they raised black-gloved fists during the US national anthem.

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Beyonce releases surprise new song Formation

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