Beyoncé at the Super bowl 50 halftime show brought back political controversy. With the Black Panther-themed performance leading to some harsh reactions from many, including former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani. The 50 anniversary of the Black Panthers forming is what made Beyoncé bring back a wardrobe appreciation of the black panthers.
The Facebook page of the National Alumni Association of the Black Panther Party has posted several items about the performance. William Johnson, who joined the Black Panthers when he was 19, posted the following message on the group’s page: As an original member of the Black Panther Party I thank Beyoncé for her courage to make a statement on National TV. I am sure she understood the backlash that would follow her performance at the 50th anniversary of the Super Bowl, so on behalf of The National Alumni Association of the Black Panther Party we thank you and salute you.
While people like the former mayor of New York Rudy Giuliani did not hesitates to say during an interview on fox. “I think this is outrageous, the halftime show I thought was ridiculous anyway — a bunch of people bouncing around and doing strange things,” he said as the hosts laughed along. “It was terrible. … This is football, not Hollywood, and 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.
Nelson, who worked on the documentary film of the Black Panthers for seven years, hopes The Black Panthers will shed light on some elements he finds key in their story. Meanwhile some folks not entertainment with the actions Beyoncé took are boycotting a glorification’ of the Black Panthers next week at NFL headquarters in New York.