By entertainment contributor Kara Taylor
After Beyonce’s controversial performance of her new single Formation at the Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show, some were proud and others were… well, not proud.
Beyonce is known to have a diverse audience that spans across different races and ages, but whites seemed to be quite disturbed by her performance. Some called it anti-police and said she was glorifying the Black Panthers which they called a hate group.
It is funny how just days before the halftime show most of America was ecstatic to see her performance, but when they saw it was a political statement geared towards uplifting blacks, the same people became angry. Is Beyonce’s white audience only happy when she is “going along to get along”? Hits such as Single Ladies, If I Were a Boy and Love on Top appealed to all audiences, so this was acceptable. For black artists in the entertainment industry you can be black but not too black. Beyonce has been in the music industry for nearly two decades. When she hit the scene in ’98 with Destiny’s Child she was black, when she went solo in 2004 she was black, when she married Jay-Z she was black and throughout all these eras she was supported by mainly a black audience. Her major crossover was in 2008 when she released Single Ladies, and then America began to widely acknowledge and accept her as an artist. Although this crossover has taken her to great heights, white America has forgotten she is still a black woman.
After reading posts on various social media platforms, blog sites and news outlets, I have come to the conclusion people are not just angry Beyonce performed Formation, they are angry she used the all-American Super Bowl as her platform. She stepped out on the field with a team of darker completcted women (peeped this too), wearing afros and dressed in all black with berets while she sang the following lyrics:
I like my baby heir with baby hair and afros
I like my negro nose with Jackson Five nostrils
I gathered this was Beyonce basically saying “don’t get it twisted, I’m still black and I love being black”. Perhaps it was time for Beyonce to make this statement. Her image has been a bit altered throughout the years, and there are magazine covers and advertisements where she looks far more white than black. Although I do appreciate her statement and performance because it took a lot of bravery, the truth is simply this:
If she made it more apparent that she was a proud BLACK woman throughout her entire career, white America would not be so shocked today.
They were used to her conforming, blending and appealing to them through her music and physical appearance. Still to this day, everyone in her Super Bowl performance had an afro and Beyonce stood in the middle with a long blonde weave. I appreciate that she wants Blue Ivy’s hair in an afro, but where is hers? I wish more black artists knew that they can still be great while being true to themselves.