The Fraternal Order of Police has not only berated filmmaker Quentin Tarantino and bashed Beyoncé, but has also vowed to boycott working security at her concert when her Formation tour kicks off in April in Miami.
Members of the Miami chapter of the FOP, the national police union, voted to boycott Beyoncé’s April 26 show at Marlins Stadium, local Marlins Stadium, local union president, Lt. Javier Ortiz, confirmed Thursday. He has also advised all police officers everywhere to boycott all of her concerts on her forthcoming world tour.
His reason was that she ‘”used this year’s Super Bowl to divide Americans by promoting the Black Panthers and her anti-police message”.
The FOP was one of several police unions and departments that called for a boycott of Oscar-winning Tarantino’s latest film after he delivered inflammatory remarks at a November rally in New York against police brutality.
The Miami move comes after ex-New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani went on Fox News Channel after the Super Bowl to condemn Beyoncé-and-company’s half-time show — in which she and her dancer posse cavorted in black berets and bandoliers — as “outrageous” and an “attack on police officers.”
Ortiz accused Beyoncé of using her Super Bowl performance to “salute” the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Black Panthers, a black-power group widely feared by police back in the day and still loathed in 2016.
Ortiz said he and “tens of thousands” of cops didn’t watch the show — apparently they knew what Beyoncé was going to do before anyone else. But he later stumbled on her Formation video which featured a black boy dancing in front of police in riot gear, who put their hands up in surrender.
Clearly a reference to the Black Lives Matter campaign, Ortiz said, and the police-shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., last year. He challenged Beyoncé to read the Justice Department report on that shooting, saying it showed “hands up, don’t shoot was built on a lie.”
As expected, Beyoncé has been silent about all this.
Source; USA Today