Photo by Bigotes de Gato (Via Flickr Creative Commons License) Beyoncé performing ‘If I Were a Boy,’ Premios 40 Principales, Palacio de los Deportes, December 12, 2008, Madrid.
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During Super Bowl weekend, 20-time Grammy award winner Beyoncé dropped her new music video for “Formation.” In her video, Beyoncé used scenes from Hurricane Katrina, and a spray-painted message saying “Stop Killing Us.” At the Super Bowl halftime show, she performed her new single along with dancers dressed up as Black Panthers.

Since the release of her music video and her Super Bowl performance, there has been a call to boycott Beyoncé for what many are referring to as her “attack” on police.

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani was highly offended by Beyoncé’s performance, telling the New York Post, “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.”

Giuliani went on to say, “What we should be doing, in the African-American community and in all communities, is build up respect for police officers and focus on the fact that when something does go wrong, OK, we’ll work on that.”

With her 59.2 million Instagram followers and over 64 million likes on Facebook, Beyoncé is one of the most popular public figures on social media. Millions all over the world view what she posts.

As an entertainer with such a huge platform, she has every right to stand up for what she believes in when it comes to social justice and her stance on political issues.

The past few years have had an increase in police brutality, especially among African American youth. Beyoncé is taking a stand and fighting back by bringing awareness to what is going on all across America.

Mapping Police Violence (MPV) reported that police killed at least 102 unarmed African Americans in 2015, more than any other race last year. They also reported that nearly one in every three African Americans killed by police last year were identified as unarmed, a figure believed to be even higher due to unreported incidents. MPV also found that unarmed African Americans were killed at five times the rate of unarmed whites last year.

Members of the National Sheriff’s Association were so offended by the performance they consider to be “anti-police”, that they turned off the Super Bowl during half time, according to The Washington Examiner.

With so many people watching her every move, it would be such a waste if Beyoncé did not voice her opinion. About 111.9 million people tuned into the Super Bowl this year, the third largest Super Bowl audience in broadcast history, according to CNN.

Not many people in history have ever had such a huge platform, to reach out to so many people. Her message was conveyed in an artistic way that didn’t cause any harm to anyone involved and just simply brought awareness.

If nothing else, her performance did what she wanted it to do: it got America talking. Beyoncé best summed it up in her song “Formation” when she sings, “You know you that bitch when you cause all this conversation.”

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