The Miami Police Union has voted to boycott Beyoncé’s April concert at Marlins Park, according to the Huffington Post. Police enforcement claim Beyoncé promoted an anti-police message in her “Formation” video and Super Bowl halftime performance. “The Miami Fraternal Order of Police has voted to have all law enforcement officers boycott Beyoncé’s concert which is being held at the Miami Marlins Stadium on Wednesday, April 26, 2016,” Javier Ortiz, president of Miami Fraternal Order of Police, wrote in a press release. “The fact that Beyoncé used this year’s Super Bowl to divide Americans by promoting the Black Panthers and her antipolice message shows how she does not support law enforcement.” Oddly enough, Ortiz also admitted that he actually didn’t watch Beyoncé’s halftime performance “out of respect for our profession.” However, he “mistakenly” watched Bey’s “Formation” video.
In an email to the Huffington Post, Ortiz included a meme featuring Beyoncé and Jay Z being escorted by police detail, implying that the singer is anti-police and a hypocrite. The statement also urged other law enforcement agencies around the country to follow their lead. Spokesman for the Miami Police Department, Major Delrish Moss, said that Ortiz and the Fraternal Order of Police did not speak for the police department or the city. Moss also added that Beyoncé’s upcoming performance at Marlins Park will be protected.
The Miami boycott follows news of a Tennessee Sheriff claiming that Beyoncé’s recent video and performance are responsible for recent gun fire by his home. Others have been critical of Beyoncé, including former New York City mayor, Rudy Giuliani. There was even an anti-Beyoncé protest organized outside NFL headquarters in NYC this week. Of course, that protest was a total fail as more Beyhive members stood outside in the rain than actual protestors.