As a political figure, community activist, and pastor, the name “Patrick Hampton” is one well known in his local Chattanooga, Tennessee area. Now, thanks to his explosive #BoycottBeyonce campaign – birthed as a call-to-action in response to her controversial ‘Super Bowl 50’ performance – Hampton has gone from virtually unknown (on the national scale) to enemy #1 of the singer’s beloved fan group, ‘The Beyhive.’
After bringing mass attention to his efforts via a Fox News interview, Hampton’s ‘BoycottBeyonce’ page following grew substantially and continues to do so on the strength of an ongoing media blitz that has seen him tapped by a number of print and broadcast outlets.
And, while there is a clear support for the young politician, there appear to be some Beyonce fans looking to put a stop to his campaign…by any means necessary:
“What kind of frustrated me about the Super Bowl performance is, when you study the Black Panthers, the reason they’re not here today is they got to a point when they were very violent and they began to have shootouts with police and so, I don’t want to see the Black Lives Matter movement go to that point,” Hampton explained.
“I believe as a man of color it’s important for me to stand up and say, hey, this has gone too far,” Hampton said.
“Some were asking me to go and kill myself and then some said they were going to kill me and then you had others saying ‘How long have you been in Chattanooga and why haven’t you been shot yet?’, he said.
Hampton further explained that while he does not “fear for the safety of himself or his family,” he has taken time off work to protect his co-workers.