The drama over Beyoncé’s performance during the Super Bowl 50 halftime show continues to occupy news space as a police union in Miami voted in favor of calling on all police offices to boycott the singer’s April 26 concert in the city.
The Huffington Post reports the boycott is motivated by claims of Beyoncé’s promoting an anti-police message in her latest music video for the song “Formation” as well as her performance of the new tune at the Super Bowl halftime show.
In a press release he wrote, Javier Ortiz, president of Miami Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge #20, stated that he didn’t watch Beyoncé’s halftime performance “out of respect for our profession.” The performance , which paid tribute to the 50th anniversary of the Black Panther Party, has come under fire from critics who viewed it as anti-police.
“The Miami Fraternal Order of Police has voted to have all law enforcement officers boycott Beyoncé’s concert which is being held at the Miami Marlins Stadium on Wednesday, April 26, 2016,” Ortiz said in a statement. “The fact that Beyoncé used this year’s Super Bowl to divide Americans by promoting the Black Panthers and her antipolice message shows how she does not support law enforcement.” The organization urged other law enforcement agencies around the country to do the same.
Ortiz goes on to mention that he had “mistakenly” seen the “Formation” video, which features an African-American boy dancing in front of police in riot gear as well as Beyoncé sitting on top of a sinking New Orleans police car and graffiti that reads “Stop shooting us.”
Commenting on its boycott, Ortiz voiced in an email to the Post that the union was urging officers not to work the concert. Along with the email, Ortiz sent HuffPost a meme featuring Beyoncé and her husband, Jay Z.in an effort to highlight that the entertainer was being hypocritical in light of the fact that she has received a police detail in the past.