A formal protest will take place in New York on February 16, outside the NFL headquarters in Manhattan, in response to Beyonce’s politically charged Superbowl half-time show.

Beyonce joined Coldplay for their high-profile appearance on Sunday (February 7), where she performed her new single ‘Formation’ just 24 hours after releasing the track and its highly political video.

An event description obtained by the New York Daily News describes the performance as “hate speech” and “racism”, asking potential attendees: “Are you offended as an American that Beyonce pulled her race-baiting stunt at the Superbowl? Do you agree that it was a slap in the face to law enforcement?”

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani criticised Beyoncé on Monday, saying it was “outrageous” to make a political statement during a football game.

“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” he said.

The protest is scheduled to take place between 8am-4pm.

 

ANDREW SHELLEY

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