*Beyoncé is selling t-shirts and phone cases that say “BOYCOTT BEYONCÉ” at her current tour, which kicked off this week in Miami. The tongue-in-cheek reference comes from demands by some law-enforcement organizations to shun the star after her “Formation” video and Super Bowl performance.
In February, Bey dropped the music video for her single “Formation,” and it included a reference to the Black Lives Matters movement. She followed that by including backup dancers dressed in Black Panther-inspired outfits during her Super Bowl halftime show. The move angered mostly white male police officials, and those who are blissfully ignorant to black history.
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For some odd reason, they confuse the Black Panthers with the KKK. Meanwhile, the rest of us are waiting for any example from Black Panther History that depicts the movement as being violent toward white citizens. Funny how the movement had supporters from various all races/ethnicities, including whites. At no time in history have the panthers burned down churches with precious white kids inside. But let the Children of the Matrix tell it, and the BPP is the most racist organization in the history of America.
Police unions viewed Beyonce’s Super Bowl show as anti-police and asked their members not to provide off-duty security for her stadium tour.
Now, fans attending her shows can own a piece of the controversy for only $45. The black tee boasts the simple red lettering “BOYCOTT BEYONCÉ.”
The shirt is a brazen reference – specifically – to the Miami Fraternal Order of Police union, who vowed to boycott her tour opener, which came to town Wednesday.
Of course, the Beyhive loved Beyonce’s shady tour merchandise.
— #BUYLEMONADEONITUNES (@beysusfacts) April 27, 2016
Beyoncé is selling a boycott beyoncé shirt LMFAOOOO QUEEN BETTER MAKE MONEY OFF THOSE HATERS. WHAT KIND OF SLAY?! pic.twitter.com/NTjQ2l3d8q
— Danny (@dannyyonce) April 27, 2016
Bey has included “Boycott Beyoncé” in the Formation Tour’s official merch ?I love Pettyoncé just as much as Slayoncé pic.twitter.com/yBA3E78LFe
— Plantain Womanist (@spokenELLE) April 28, 2016
So did the boycott actually happen? As USA Today notes, there were plenty of police on the ground Wednesday, patrolling Marlins Park and shutting down surrounding streets.
As Miami Police Department spokesman Officer Ernest Lawrence told the Miami New Times, the concert was fully staffed, though only with police that volunteered to work. “Out of our 1,100 members, less than 30 people signed up [to work the show],” he said.
— Maeve McDermott (@maeve_mcdermott) April 28, 2016