Rudy Giuliani joined the sentient ventriloquist dolls on Fox & Friends this morning to discuss Beyoncé’s portion of the Super Bowl 50 halftime show. It was as abjectly awful as you might imagine, so brace yourself:
ANNA KOOIMAN (HOST): So we’re going to go ahead and show you some video then of Beyoncé’s performance with Coldplay and Bruno Mars. But Beyoncé got a police escort there and then she gives a salute to the Black Lives Matter movement. DeRay Mckesson tweeted out, “#Formation shout-outs to Malcolm X & MJ were excellent.” It was a nod to 1966 founding of the Black Panther Party. What did you think of that?
RUDY GIULIANI: I think it was outrageous. The halftime show I thought was ridiculous anyway. I don’t know what the heck it was. A bunch of people bouncing around and all strange things. It was terrible.
BRIAN KILMEADE (HOST): Coldplay and Bruno Mars —
GIULIANI: Actually don’t even know why we have this. I mean, this is football.
STEVE DOOCY (HOST): You got to do something at halftime.
GIULIANI: 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. And what we should be doing in the African-American community, and all communities, is build up respect for police officers. And focus on the fact that when something does go wrong, okay. We’ll work on that. But the vast majority of police officers risk their lives to keep us safe.
I’m not sure where to start with that one. Take it away, Diane:
Of course, Fox & Friends don’t get to have all the white rage for themselves. A Twitter account allegedly belonging to Amanda Bynes called for a Beyoncé Boycott (Beycott?) before promptly deleting her tweets:
Business Insider also made waves for one of their headlines (the headline has since been changed), which called Beyoncé’s anti-police brutality message “harsh:”
— Business Insider (@businessinsider) February 8, 2016
If her video’s plea to “stop shooting us” is harsh, if an unarmed black boy dancing in front of armed police men is harsh, if asking for justice for Mario Woods is harsh, then what of the countless deaths of unarmed black people at the hands of police? Where is the Fox & Friends segment condemning those?
In spite of the conservative outrage machine, it’s worth applauding such a strongly progressive message at the Super Bowl. In an event plagued by toxic masculinity and over-the-top displays of patriotism, it’s a breath of fresh air to see the prominent issues of our time given attention on one of the largest national stages.
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