By Victor Ochieng
Singer Beyoncé isn’t your average music artist. She’s grown to the level that everything she does attracts attention. The singer is also known for not mincing her words when it comes to agitating for the rights of the Black community.
During her Sunday’s VMAs performance, the singer made a powerful statement using dancers and lights to send a message on police brutality.
Her performance, however, didn’t go down well with former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who slammed her, saying he “saved more black lives than any of those people you saw on stage.”
Ainsley Earhardt, “Fox and Friends” co-host, said Beyoncé’s performance depicted “her dancers circling around her and one by one, they fell to the ground, and there were red lights underneath them, and that was supposed to symbolize cops killing black individuals.”
Knowing Giuliani, he definitely had something to say about it.
“You’re asking the wrong person because I had five uncles who were police officers, two cousins who were, and one who died in the line of duty,” Giuliani said. “I ran the largest and best police department in the world, the New York City Police Department.” He added, “And I saved more black lives than any of those people you saw on stage by reducing crime and particularly homicide by 75 percent.”
The former mayor even went as far claiming that the policies he implemented during his tenure as New York City mayor may have saved between 4,000 and 5,000 young African Americans.
Co-host Brian Kilmeade remarked that the message that Beyoncé is sending “to the next generation is pretty indelible.”
In response to that remark, Giuliani said whatever Beyoncé is doing is “a shame.”
The singer, who together with her husband rapper Jay Z, have been very strong advocates for the Black Lives Matter movement, made their entry to the VMA venue in the company of the mothers of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Eric Garner and Oscar Grant. Jay Z, through his Tidal music streaming service, even donated $1.2 million to Black Lives Matter movement on February 5, the day Martin would be celebrating his 21st birthday.
Giuliani’s condemnation of Beyoncé’s performance is no different from his reaction to the singer’s Super Bowl 50 “Formation” performance in which the “Sorry” singer employed “black power” salute and berets that resemble those of Black Panthers.
“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,” Giuliani told Fox News after the game.