10 February, 2016 - NME.com
An anti-Beyonce protest will take place in New York next week in response to her appearance at the Super Bowl half-time show.
Beyoncé joined Coldplay during their high-profile appearance at the Super Bowl on Sunday (February 7), performing her new single 'Formation' 24 hours after releasing track and its politically charged video online.
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The performance has been criticised in some corners for being "anti-police" with its references to references to the Black Panthers and the Black Lives Matter movement. A formal protest outside the NFL headquarters in Manhattan is now scheduled for February 16, the same day that ticket for Beyoncé's 'Formation' tour go on sale.
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?”
The protest is scheduled to take place between 8am-4pm next week
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.