Detroit Police Officer Says "Beyonce Performers Looked Like The Ku Klux Klan" While Performing At The Super Bowl 50
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The Ku Klux Klan" While Performing At The Super Bowl 50
Now, she didn’t even perform the entire song at the Super Bowl, and yet people are coming out of the woodwork to criticize her performance as “an attack,” talk about how she was “half naked” while making an unnecessary political statement, and calling her and her husband “cunts.”
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A Detroit police internal probe is coming into "Formation" after an officer compared Beyoncé's Black Panther-inspired Super Bowl performance to a Ku Klux Klan rally.
Detroit Police Chief James Craig said Thursday that his department is looking into the officer, whose tone-deaf post featured a photo of white-hooded Klansmen beneath a picture of Queen Bey's dance crew.
"If the dance troupe at the top is okay for this year's half-time show, then the one at the bottom should be okay for next year, right?" the officer wrote in a caption.
The sergeant was so displeased with the performance that he took his option to his personal Facebook page, saying next year’s halftime show should include the KKK.
The post included a photo of Beyonce’s dancers above a group wearing white Ku Klux Klan robes. It included the text: “So if the dance troupe at the top is ok for this years’ halftime show, then the one at the bottom should be ok for next years’, right?”
His post drew complaints from many of his co-workers, who reported it to Police Chief James Craig.
Craig said the sergeant’s views are not representative of the department or any other officer. The sergeant has since removed his post and replaced it with a message offering an apology.
The sergeant remains on the job although the incident is under investigation.
“If the dance troupe at the top is okay for this year’s half-time show, then the one at a bottom should be okay for next year, right?” the sergeant wrote, according to WJBK.
The Facebook post pointed to Beyoncé’s live performance of “Formation,” which seemed to depict Black Panthers marching into an “X” formation — perhaps in a nod to Malcolm X.
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Detroit Police Chief James Craig told reporters that he received complaints from employees throughout the department about the post.
“Certainly this does not and shouldn’t represent our police officers,” he told the news station.
Amid the outcry, the department has launched an investigation.
[The night Beyoncé won the Super Bowl]
Although Beyoncé’s act was met with widespread praise, it also sparked a debate about whether the artist should have dragged politics onto the football field.
|Detroit Police Chief James Craig|
It was reported that the sergeant acknowledged that he had “apparently ruffled some feathers.”
“My intent was to draw attention to what I felt was a poor decision by the NFL,” he wrote, according to the station. “However, the imagery I used may have been in poor taste. For that, I apologize.
“I could have chosen a better comparison obviously.
My intent was to compare two wrongs. However, I’ll never be able to understand the image that the KKK brings to the African American community and the hatred associated with it.”