Look at what sweet Beyoncé done went and started. She thrust herself right smack dab in the middle of the Black Lives Matter movement with her Super Bowl halftime performance.
Now she has to put with nonsense from people who think that BLM promotes reverse racism.
Someone got on Eventbrite to promote news of an Anti-Beyoncé Protest Rally that is taking place next Tuesday in front of the NFL headquarters in New York City.
Those behind the invitation want to assemble all those who felt that Beyoncé was supporting the Black Panther Party, which the organizers argue is a "hate group." During the performance, Beyoncé had her dancers all in black, with Afros and berets. The organizers say the entire performance was "a slap in the face to law enforcement," then adds this:
Are you offended as an American that Beyoncé pulled her race-baiting stunt at the Superbowl?
Do you agree that it was a slap in the face to law enforcement?
Do you agree that the Black Panthers was/is a hate group which should not be glorified?
Come and let's stand together. Let's tell the NFL we don't want hate speech & racism at the Superbowl ever again!
They must not know about the collective wrath of the Beyhive, because Beyoncé's superfans got on Eventbrite, too, to spread news of a counterprotest rally, dubbed "Get in Formation: Anti-Anti-Beyoncé Protest Rally," which is taking place at the same time and place as the Anti-Beyoncé Protest Rally.
And they're shoving Beyoncé's message down the anti-Beyoncé protesters' throats: "Sisters, dress in your 'Formation' video/Super Bowl performance-inspired gear and make this a moment a joyous one!" the event reads.
The pro-Beyoncé protesters want people to support Beyoncé and all celebrities who use their platforms to take a stand against social injustice: "We have asked our biggest stars to get political and Bey went there. Don't let anyone make her powerful statement about the value of Black life be overshadowed by those who don't believe that our lives matter."
It'll be a spectacle, for sure.
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Diana Ozemebhoya Eromosele is a staff writer at The Root and the founder and executive producer of Lectures to Beats, a Web series that features video interviews with scarily insightful people. Follow Lectures to Beats on Facebook and Twitter.
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