- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Rep. Peter King issued a lengthy Facebook post Monday slamming pop singer Beyonce for her Super Bowl halftime performance, which he described as “pro-Black Panther and anti-cop.”

“Beyonce may be a gifted entertainer but no one should really care what she thinks about any serious issue confronting our nation,” the New York Republican scoffed in the post, which was shared more than 15,000 times by Tuesday morning. “But the mainstream media’s acceptance of her pro-Black Panther and anti-cop video ‘Formation’ and her Super Bowl appearance is just one more example of how acceptable it has become to be anti-police when it is the men and women in blue who put their lives on the line for all of us and deserve our strong support.”

Beyonce’s controversial performance Sunday night 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. Her music video for the song, which was released Saturday, also invokes the “Hands up, don’t shoot” rallying cry of the Black Lives Matter movement and features scenes of flooded New Orleans with graffiti that reads: “stop shooting us.” It’s been widely criticized as being anti-cop.

“This fable of an innocent Michael Brown being murdered by police while attempting to surrender, which dominated the airwaves for months in 2014, has been thoroughly discredited,” Mr. King continued in his post. “Yet the big lie continues by Black Lives Matter, by pandering politicians and now by Beyoncé who gets star billing at the Super Bowl.

“Maybe it’s because I’ve attended too many police funerals and because my father proudly served in the NYPD for more than 30 years but I strongly believe that this false and irresponsible narrative of police violence premised on lies and distortion endangers police officer lives, such as NYPD Officers Liu and Ramos, and is extremely damaging to our nation and to people of all races and backgrounds. For example, no organization has done more to save innocent black lives than the NYPD,” Mr. King concluded.

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