Beyonce’s half-time Super Bowl show has been branded a “race-baiting stunt” by organisers of a protest against the singer.
The American superstar’s performance was watched by an estimated 112 million people but drew praise and consternation.
Beyonce’s dancers donned berets, sported Afros and wore all black, similar to the style of the Black Panther party, as she sang her new single Formation.
At one point during their routine, the dancers formed an “X” on the field, which some people are taking as a tribute to slain black activist Malcolm X.
In addition, they raised a fist to the sky, reminiscent of the black power salutes of the 1960-70s, made popular internationally by Tommie Smith and John Carlos, who raised their fists to the sky after winning gold and bronze at the 1968 Summer Olympics.
Several people applauded her for embracing the history of black activism and of her own identity.
But many have complained that she should not have brought politics to a sports event.
Former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani slammed her tributes to black activism during the half-time show when performers are “talking to Middle America.”
“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,” said Mr Giuliani, who said he would have preferred “decent wholesome entertainment.”
Organisers behind the “Anti-Beyonce Protest Rally” say they were “offended” by the show which they believe “glorified” the Black Panthers.
The webpage says: “Are you offended as an American that Beyoncé pulled her race-baiting stunt at the Superbowl?
“Do you agree that it was a slap in the face to law enforcement?
“Do you agree that the Black Panthers was/is a hate group which should not be glorified?
“Come and let’s stand together. Let’s tell the NFL we don’t want hate speech & racism at the Superbowl ever again!”
The rally is due to take place outside the NFL’s headquarters in New York on 16 February. It is not known how many people will attend.
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