On February 6, Beyoncé released a surprise video for her new song, “Formation”, which she performed the very next day at the NFL Super Bowl 50. She also made the song available for download on Tidal following the release.
The video contains controversial images: Beyoncé sitting on a sinking police car, a young black boy in front of police, and a wall with the words “stop shooting us” graffitied on it. Many people are angry about the video and its “anti-cop” messages. One sheriff went so far as to blame it for a drive-by shooting near his house.
Many other law agencies and officers are getting angry about Beyoncé’s new video, including the National Sheriffs’ Association, who turned their backs during the performance. Another sergeant compared Beyoncé’s black backup dancers to the KKK.
However, I think that Beyoncé was not making an attack on the police, but pointing out real issues related to the Black Lives Matter movement that people need to be aware of.
For example, police killings of black people and similar racial issues are brought up in the video. As more and more deaths of people of color are perpetrated by the police, an important step into bringing awareness to the people and pushing authority figures into taking action is an icon such as Beyoncé bringing up such problems.
After seeing how police were startled and angry about “Formation”, I realized that they were more angry about a music video than the videos of innocent black people being killed, such as Freddie Gray, and Tamir Rice. It made me realize how important this video is. Their killers have still not been brought to justice, and Beyoncé’s message of “stop shooting us” hits very hard.
Overall, Beyoncé’s new video, “Formation” has a politically charged message that needs to be heard. Additionally, “Formation” is a good song, and the fact that an “anti-Beyoncé” rally that was scheduled to happen this Tuesday had a grand total of three protesters that showed up only proves this. She might not be perfect, but Beyoncé certainly hit the mark on this one.