While Beyonce fans were getting into formation for the singer’s sold out ‘Formation’ concert, a small group of Houston cops were busy protesting the pop star’s show at NRG Stadium last Saturday (May 7).
“Some of her performances we believe to be anti-police,” said Tony Ragsdale, who is a member of the Pasadena Police Department and of the Coalition for Police and Sheriffs (C.O.P.S.).
KHOU reports that members of the C.O.P.S. shined a large blue light on the stadium in hopes to stage a silent but visible protest against the sold out concert. The imagery that has some cops in a tizzy is from Queen Bey’s “Formation” video, where the singer stands on top of New Orleans cruiser sinking in New Orleans floodwaters.
Black Lives Matter imagery is also scattered throughout the video, and Bey paid tribute to the movement during her Super Bowl 50 performance when her dancer’s donned outfits in homage to the Black Panthers. The move further upset some cops, who went as far as to insist people ban the megastar.
Fans who were waiting to go inside NRG Stadium to see Beyonce perform says the R&B superstar didn’t do or say anything wrong. “She can say whatever she wants to say, she’s Beyonce,” said one concertgoer.
“I don’t think she’s anti-police at all, in fact, she said quite the opposite,” said another fan. “She has a bigger platform to start conversations that need to be had.”
In an interview with Elle Magazine, Beyonce responded to the anti-cop accusations, clarifying that she’s not anti-police but anti-police brutality, an important distinction that has seemed to confuse the protesting officers.
“I have so much admiration and respect for officers and the families of officers,” Beyoncé told the publication. “Anyone who perceives my message as anti-police is completely mistaken.”