Following what has been a national outrage over her anti-police performance at the Super Bowl, Beyoncé appears to be backtracking big time, and a damage control piece that was just released reveals what’s supposedly to blame now.
A report from MailOnline, a British tabloid, attempts to lay the blame for the anti-police sentiment seen throughout the show at the feet of two women who allegedly won tickets to the performance. The piece claims that Beyoncé “knew nothing” about her dancers calling for “justice” for a slain criminal, and paints a rosy picture for the star following major backlash over the show.
Two determined political activists, angered over the shooting of the man by police, smuggled a dozen posters into the arena in their underwear and bags.
Only one was handed, however, to several of the dancers who raised it and shouted slogans demanding ‘Justice for Mario Woods’.
Beyoncé’s dancers backed calls for murder charges to be brought against five officers who gunned down former jail bird Woods,26, at exactly the moment that the star was ushered off by her security guards.
She had performed in front of 167 million people, America’s biggest sports event television audience ever, when the militants struck.
Daily Mail Online has traced the two women who were behind the political storm and can disclose they seized their moment after winning tickets to Beyoncé’s half time show through a local radio station competition.
Rheema Calloway and Ronnishia Johnson, both 25,sneaked in their posters supporting calls for murder charges against five police officers by hiding them in their bras and panties to evade security guards at the sports complex in Santa Clara.
They had made several copies of the poster hoping that at least once would make it into the stadium and they might be able to be seen on television.
After being bussed to the stadium, they were patted down by security guards at the gates and were surprised when officials did not confiscate the 12 posters from their bags and clothing.
So that’s that. Beyoncé’s name is cleared now, right? Wrong.
Even if the two women are to blame for the poster itself, which seems like a stretch considering how tight security was at the event, what about the fact that the Black Panthers were in fact a hate group that relied upon threats of violence and intimidation to enact change? What about the fact they were notorious cop killers? What about the fact that when they said “black power,” they actually meant they wanted to overthrow whites from their positions of power? #BlackLivesMatter protest or not, the show was about as racist and divisive as you could imagine.
So that’s great, one small aspect of the entire controversy may or may not fall on the shoulders of two little-known activists, but what about the rest? Sorry, Beyoncé, this hardly exonerates you from what happened, and if anything, it seems like a weak attempt to draw attention away from yourself.
The fact of the matter is that she had a chance to help heal wounds, rather than make them deeper while pouring salt inside. She could have used her platform for a message of unity and acceptance, but instead she showed just how classless she truly is. For that, she deserves whatever backlash comes her way.