NEW YORK (FOX 5 NY) - Critics of Beyonce's Super Bowl halftime show include those who say it was a political statement that used the Black Panther Party's image to make a point. For former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani, it was an attack on police.
Beyonce's backup dancers wore costumes similar to the clothing worn by the Black Panthers and raised their fists both during and after the show as the radical black movement group would do during the 1960s and 1970s.
“I thought 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,” said Giuliani on FOX & Friends. “And what we should be doing, in the African-American community and in all communities, is build up respect for police officers and focus on the fact that when something does go wrong, OK, we’ll work on that.”
A group of dancers also held up a sign that said “Justice 4 Mario Woods,” referring to the 26-year-old man shot dead in December by San Francisco police.
In the video for Beyonce's latest song, 'Formation,' (which she performed during the halftime show) the clip opens with the singer sitting on a submerged police car.
Later in the video, a boy is seen dancing in front of heavily armed police who then raise their hands, a reference to the "hands up, don't shoot" rallying cry of the Black Lives Matter movement.
Graffiti is seen on a wall that reads: "stop killing us."