- The Washington Times - Monday, February 8, 2016

Former New York City Mayor Rudolph W.Giuliani blasted pop star Beyonce for using her “outrageous” halftime performance at the Super Bowl to attack police officers.

“This is football, not Hollywood,” the former Republican presidential hopeful said Monday morning on “Fox & Friends.”

Beyonce’s performance of her newly released single “Formation” featured an army of black women wearing leather outfits reminiscent of the Black Panther Party. At one point, Beyonce and her dancers raised black power fists.

“I think it was outrageous,” Mr. Giuliani said. “The halftime show I thought was ridiculous anyway, I don’t know what the heck it was. A bunch of people like bouncing around and doing strange things. It was terrible.

“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,” he continued. “What we should be doing in the African-American community and all communities is build up respect for police officers.

“This is a political position and she’s probably going to take advantage of it,” Mr. Giuliani said. “You’re talking to middle America when you have the Super Bowl. So if you’re going to have entertainment, let’s have decent, wholesome entertainment, and not use it as a platform to attack the people who put their lives at risk to save us.”

Beyonce’s music video for “Formation,” which released Saturday, invokes the “Hands up, don’t shoot” rallying cry of the Black Lives Matter movement inspired by the 2014 killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, the New York Post reported. The song is being adopted as an anthem for some in the movement and the video features scenes of flooded New Orleans and graffiti that reads: “stop shooting us,” the Washington Examiner reported.

Members of the National Sheriffs’ Association holding their annual legislative meeting at the J.W. Marriott in Washington, D.C., said they turned off the volume and video during Beyonce’s performance.

The group called on the NFL to choose less controversial halftime entertainment in the future, the Examiner reported.

On Friday, Beyonce’s husband, famous rapper Jay Z, announced he would donate the $1.5 million raised from last year’s Tidal charity concert to Black Lives Matter.

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