Just when it seemed ‘Single Ladies’ singer Beyonce would be left alone to find (and fund) security efforts for her forthcoming ‘Formation’ stadium tour, a few US cities are standing up for the Grammy winner, vowing to provide detail when the trek visits their respective locations.
While Tampa, FL was first to make headlines when their police department took to Twitter to slam rumors of their intent to boycott, it appears Raleigh, NC and Arlington, TX are now in agreement with the decision. They join a number of police officials – especially black police unions – who are calling out boycotters for discriminatory behavior.
See more on all of this after the jump:
The Raleigh Police Protective Association unanimously voted not to boycott providing security for Beyonce’s upcoming concert at Carter-Finley Stadium on May 3.
“While we do have concerns over the perceived anti-law enforcement images Ms. Knowles used in her most recent music video and her halftime performance at the Super Bowl, we voted unanimously not to boycott the May 3 concert,” [president Matt] Cooper said.
“When we sign up to work an event, we are there working for the overall safety of the event and the patrons NOT the celebrity,” Mason said. “Simply put a formal boycott of working a concert would have zero effect on the concert giver, and more of an effect on the citizens in attendance, citizens that we have taken an oath to protect, regardless of whatever personal beliefs they may or may not have towards us.”
The announcements come as the latest to follow the ‘Super Bowl 50’ controversy, starring Beyonce, Coldplay, and Bruno Mars. In response to the songstress’s ‘Black Panther’-inspired performance set, cities across the U.S. (see: Miami, Nashville, Houston, and more) saw their respective police departments or unions opt out of providing security detail for her forthcoming ‘Formation’ tour when it hits their towns.
The moves incited a responses from the city’s black police union and the Honorable minister Louis Farrakhan of the Nation of Islam.
“She started talking that black stuff … and white folks (said), ‘We don’t know how to deal with that.’ “
“But when one of us shows some independence, look how you treating Beyoncé now,” he said. “You gonna picket. You not going to offer her police protection? But the (Fruit of Islam, the security branch of his organization,) will.” – Farrakhan, 2016
“…call for police officers to abdicate their sworn duty to protect and serve even the unpopular by boycotting her upcoming concert is another example of what has proven to be a long pattern of irresponsible behavior…”
“All of these things, and others not mentioned here, have common denominators in that they involve African-Americans…portrays [them] in a negative light with thinly veiled racist overtones…”
Ouch! Read their statement in full here.