Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani slammed Beyoncé’s Super Bowl halftime performance Monday on “Fox & Friends,” saying her nod to the Black Panther Party invited violence against police.
Giuliani said the pop star took a distasteful “political position” by dressing herself and her dancers in costumes that paid homage to the Black Panthers, in addition to evoking the group’s salute during the performance.
“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,” he said.
The former mayor said the black community needs to “build up respect for police officers.”
“Let’s have, you know, decent wholesome entertainment, and not use it as a platform to attack the people who, you know, put their lives at risk to save us,” he added.
Giuliani didn’t appear to recognize the irony of his call for more “decent, wholesome entertainment” for Middle America in the middle of a sporting event where men run at full speed directly into one another.
“The halftime show I thought was ridiculous anyway,” he said. “I don’t know what the heck it was. A bunch of people bouncing around and all strange things. It was terrible.”